Showbiz star fills the missing GAP

26 April 2019

Multiple award-winning writer, director and actor, Josias Dos Moleele, is changing the way in which people look at the artistic professions. The notion that most creatives cannot sustain themselves financially through their talent, has been giving him sleepless nights. This has compelled the Tshwane University of Technology Alumnus and former lecturer at TUT’s Drama Department and subsequently Music Theatre, to pioneer the Graduates Arts Project (GAP), in which he mentors graduates to become what he terms ‘artstrepreneurs’. 

Josias Dos Moleele inspiring learners at the recent GAP Career Week.

He explains: “As an artist, you should be able to create and sell your own work instead of waiting to be called for auditions. There are multiple ways through which one can market their work, some include social media and movie platforms such as Netflix”. 

GAP is also involved in creating musical scores for theatre productions, which Dos believes will keep the industry sustainable. Soon after leaving TUT, through GAP, Dos did a festival in which TUT BTech students created new musicals, which also had musical scores, something that was not common in South Africa at the time.

After testing the concept for three years, the founder and owner of Dos Productions, officially established the GAP initiative in 2016. The project offered graduates the opportunity to stage five fully-fledged musicals, the first of its kind in Atteridgeville, through funding from the Department of Arts and Culture. One of the shows focused on celebrating the daily occurrences of Maunde Street, the most popular street in Atteridgeville. 

GAP later ventured into schools and created the Schools Arts Project where they worked with community theatre groups. 

TUT supports GAP career week 

During a GAP career guidance week hosted at Dr WF Nkomo High School, in Atteridgeville, local scholars came in droves to listen to young motivational speakers and professionals from different parts of the country. TUT Recruitment Officer, Steven Kekana, took on the stage and encouraged the learners to consider studying at TUT. He said; “The TUT recruitment will continue to support community projects such as GAP. We have so far managed to spread information regarding the new HEQSF”. Steven emphasised that the quality of the learners that were attracted through this initiative, is the kind that TUT aspire to recruit. 

Dos Productions is accredited with the MICT (Media, Information and Communication Technologies) SETA and offers NQF level 4 training to aspiring artists. 

Alumni should take the challenge

Dos called on TUT Alumni to support their Alma Mater through rewarding projects, in cash and in kind. He believes that through organised platforms, TUT can champion the course for change and promote the positive reputation of the institution.

  • Moleele has played multiple TV roles in shows, soapies and drama including Isidingo, The Queen, Rhythm City, Strike Back, Zero Tolerance, Binnelanders, 50/50 and soon to appear on Generations: Legacy. He has also written and directed numerous theatre productions including the award-winning play Call Us Crazy, which won three Vita Awards. His dance musical, Tapsula, won the Naledi Award. He once successfully challenged the racial stereotypes by casting a White student as Sarafina in the theatre musical, a decision that left many with mixed opinions
Steven Kekana (third from left) with some of the delegates that facilitated GAPCareer Week.

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