In the world of theatre, the one-woman-show that is Jade Bowers is winning one award after the other.

The 30-year-old designer, producer and director joined the upper echelons of the art world when she was named the Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre in 2016.

She had already received two Standard Bank Ovation Awards, the ImpAct Award for Theatre and two Naledi Theatre Award nominations.

But Bowers doesn’t just work in theatre – she spends every second of the day creating it.

From the age of 21, this UCT Drama and Sociology graduate was making things happen on stage. She worked as a lighting technician and operator, set designer, costume designer and stage manager across the country before directing her first play in 2011.

While working as a theatre rights administrator at DALRO, she also received her Honours from WITS, majoring in Theatre design and Directing. Currently, Bowers wears the hat of production liaison at UJ Arts & Culture, while she produces her own work, and that of others through her production company, Jade Bowers Design & Management.

Up next?

She’ll be directing a one-woman play called BLACK, which premiered at the National Arts Festival this year.

|The hardest lesson I have learned is to say no and let go.|

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