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The PACE Team

The PACE Team is truly multi-national from across Africa and the world! Led by Nike Jonah and Erwin Maas the team is passionate about creating networks across the world to grow and develop creative industries in and around the continent of Africa.


'Funmi Adewole

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is an academic whose research interests include the production of knowledge for the cul­ tural and creative industries  in Africa. She was the designer and lead-facilitator of the PACE Dramaturgical Lab in 2019. She presently works as a dance lecturer at De Montfort University in England and as a storytelling artist and dramaturge for theatre-makers with a dance or combined arts focus. Her approach to professional development draws on work ex­ perience in the fields of education, performance, media and arts management. She started out as a media practitioner in Nigeria, writing for the arts press, producing for TV and act­ ing on radio. On moving to England in 1994, she began touring as a performer, mainly with Physical/Visual theatre and African dance drama companies. Her credits include perfor­ mances with Ritual Arts, Horse and Bamboo Mask and Puppetry Company, Artistes-in-Exile, Adzido Pan-African Dance Ensemble, Mushango African dance and Music Company and the Chomondeleys, a contemporary dance company.


Jenni-Lewin Turner

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has maintained a long portfolio career as an international creative producer, cultural broker, consultant and curator. She holds an MA in Cultural Leadership and also an MA in Media Practice for Development & Social Change.  She is the founding director of Urbanflo Creative, a socially engaged collective of arts professionals who share a vision of equity and empowerment - supporting marginalised communities and humanitarian causes through arts and culture.  Jenni has devised and delivered numerous multi-artform projects designed to establish an innovative, creative platform to connect communities across traditional, geographical, cultural, generational, social and economic divides. 

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Isabel Lock

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Isabel Lock is currently the Programme Manager for the Vrystaat Arts Festival. She holds an Honours degree in Film and Visual Media from the University of the Free State and has previously gained experience in theatre and the commercial process of video production. 

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Thandeka Nheke

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Thandeka Nheke is currently the Project Officer and former Acting head at the Market Theatre Laboratory.  She's a multi award winning producer for student/incubator productions and professional Theatre Production which were accomplished during her time as both the Project Officer and Acting Head including (Noord!; HANI The Legacy; The Little Prince; Eclipsed). She has been instrumental in the ideation and execution of revenue generating projects at the Market Lab which to this day, remain highest performing initiatives for the division/ department.


Isobel Hawson 

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is a freelance arts consultant and producer, and is Director of On Tour Ltd., a national and international art consultancy. As a senior arts manager, she has extensive knowledge and experience in theatre, arts funding, participatory arts projects, organizational development, project management and strategic planning. 


Nike Jonah

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Is the Co-Executive Director of PACE. Nike is also the Director of Connecting Dots, an arts consultancy that works with a range of clients across the arts and creative sectors. For almost a decade she developed and produced four editions of the Arts Council England’s Flagship Diversity initiative, Decibel Performing Arts Showcase. Nike is a visiting research fellow at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (2017-2019). As a keen champion for diversity and equality in the arts, Nike has led numerous discussions and workshops during her extensive travels across the globe, including North America, Europe, Africa and Australia. Nike is a Boards Trustee for The European Cultural Foundation, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, The Royal Africa Society and The Bush Theatre.


Erwin Maas

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Is the Co-Executive Director of PACE. He is a New York-based theatermaker, curator, educator, and international arts advocate from the Netherlands with extensive international experience across a variety of creative and community contexts. Erwin teaches at CUNY Brooklyn College's MFA Performance & Interactive Media Arts Program. As former Artistic Director of the International Society for Performing Arts, Director of the Fellowship Program for the International Performing Arts for Youth and Director of Performing Arts for the Cultural Department of the Royal Netherlands Embassy & Consulates in the USA, Maas offers an extensive knowledge and network in the international cultural field with a focus on international cultural relations and policy. Erwin is a core-member of Theater Without Borders and a member of Georgetown University's Laboratory for Global Performance & Politics, Salzburg Global Advisory Council on Culture and Arts and the Netherland-America Foundation Cultural Committee. He also serves on the Artistic Advisory Board of the ISSUE Project Room in Brooklyn, the First Nation Spiderwoman Theater, and DecadesOut, an organization at the intersection of Arts, Science & Policy -


Michael Garbett

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is a theatre academic, educator, and award-winning artist and designer passionate about the possibilities for arts and education to empower individuality, establish and strengthen cross-cultural bonds, and promote social cohesion and justice. He has proven experience in scholarly research and teaching, as well as administration at a tertiary level, producing, directing and acting in professional and amateur theatre, and local and international experience producing, marketing and managing professional theatre work. Michael has established himself as a successful producer and Director for the Vrystaat Arts Festival.



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