WELCOME TO POPArt: An independent Johannesburg based theatre, production company and performing arts centre.
POPArt stands for People of Performing Art, and that’s exactly what we are about: providing a platform for the showcasing of some of the freshest work and ideas from some of the hottest emerging and established Performing Arts talents in Johannesburg.

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We started POPArt in March 2011, with the vision to create a new and accessible space for performing arts in Johannesburg: a space where the people of performing art could come together to network, and develop and share ideas.

Years Later, POPArt, has emerged as a premiere performance space in the city that is known for programming edgy content, and for changing the way that Joburg audiences think about live entertainment. In our short history, we have hosted over 250 brand new productions, and were voted by News24.com as #2 on the list of ‘most authentic things to do in Johannesburg’. POPArt was recognised for our contribution to theatre in 2015 with an Arts & Culture Trust ImpACT award.

Our fourth year in show biz saw us begin the journey into creating a production company (POPArt Productions) that specialises in live content production, and we’re committed to bringing you more dynamic programming, more awesome workshops as well as spreading the good word of South African performing arts to the global stage…


POPArt is a Johannesburg Based theatre & production company specialising in the creation, development, showcasing and promotion of new work. Through the production and promotion of quality work, we aim to elevate the global reputation of South African entertainment and entertainers.

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THE TEAM : The POP(t)arts & Kwame

POPArt is an owner operated business with a small team & a whole lotta heart

Hayleigh Evans & Orly Shapiro : Co-directors and everything’s

Hayleigh and Orly studied their BA in Performing Arts together at AFDA, graduating in 2006. While Hayleigh went on to complete her BA Hons the following year, Orly set out to travel the globe (which included a work stint at the Edinburgh Festival). Following some years, several odd jobs and further studies by both ladies, the pair reconnected in 2010, where they decided that starting up a space for performing arts would be a whole lot more effective than complaining about the state of the industry… and so POPArt was born.

Both ladies were recognised as Cosmopolitan’s Fun Fearless Females of the Year in 2012, as well as in the Mail & Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans in 2015.

Kwame Sibeko : Venue Manager, technician & everything

Also most fondly known as our resident DJ Click for #theboxcomedy, Kwame is an integral part of the POPArt team, looking after each production that comes through the space… He is also a musical genius…

Nicola Pilkington : POPArt administration & special projects manager

Nikki joined the POPArt team in 2016 and is our very own all rounder, taking care of all things POPArt. She is also a talented theatre maker in her own right.