Need a speaker or facilitator for your Team or Event? We are connected to some engaging leaders in the performing arts sector who have stories to tell, skills to share & sh*t to say. Our speakers inspire by sharing either their personal journey or skills from their area of specific expertise (or most often, both). We believe in the power of real people and real stories and making the connection between these stories and the people with whom they can make the most impact.

Our speakers are all adept performers and available as Facilitators and Panel /  Keynote Speakers.

Hayleigh Evans : View Rates Card

Art-trepeneur : actor, theatre maker, arts administrator, teacher, facilitator, business owner – wearer of many hats!

Qualification & Competencies : BA Hon Live Performance (2007, AFDA). Facilitation, Storytelling and Mentorship.

Short bio: Hayleigh is passionate about the live arts as a medium for social change, but tries to not take herself too seriously as she also believes that comedy is a powerful tool in the process of self-recognition. She has vast experience in performance and facilitation – including years of facilitating at the renowned Market Theatre Lab and for high profile corporate clients.  She was listed on the Mail and Guardian Top 200 Young South Africans in 2015 and her company, POPArt, has received numerous awards for their contribution to theatre- including the Arts and Culture Trust ImpACT award and the Naledi Theatre Awards Executive Directors Award.

Orly Shapiro : View Rates Card

Theatre maker, business-owner, mother, truth-seeker and facilitator

Qualification and competencies : BA Live Performance (2006, AFDA), Licentiate Speech & Drama Trinity College London (2011), Graduate – Goldman Sachs-GIBS 10,000 Women Certificate Programme for Women Entrepreneurs

Short bio: Orly is the quintessential pragmatic idealist. She has always loved theatre for the “suspension of disbelief” and the relief it offers the human experience. Through her experience in theatre, teaching Speech and Drama and life in general, Orly realised that she has a passion for the language of emotional intelligence and the communication thereof. Being able to coach people to communicate their authentic selves clearly has become a sweet-spot for Orly. Orly was selected as one of the Goldman Sachs 10 000 Women from around the Globe to embark on an entrepreneurial journey with GIBS. Her company POPArt, has received numerous awards for their disruption to the South African Theatre Landscape.

Jess Taylor

Change management facilitator, improviser, story maker & listener,
eternally curious explorer of mind & body wellness, aspiring cellist.

QUALIFICATIONS & COMPETENCIES: BA English & Drama (1998 University of Cape Town), Performance Certificate with Honours (2000 Cape Academy of Dramatic Art), Licentiate of Trinity College London (2000), (edX Verified Certificate of Achievement: Empathy &  Emotional Intelligence at Work (University of California, Berkley, Greater Good Science Center, 2020), Certification of Completion Module 1 & 2 Makaton SA Foundation Workshop (Makaton & Autism South Africa 2020)

SHORT BIO: Jess’s passion for gaining & sharing knowledge with people &  their experiences is the driving force behind her work. Over the past 20 years she has taught and performed both locally and internationally. Her varied experiences have solidified her dedication to exploring how our external environment affects our productivity and overall wellness. In 2020 Jess was introduced to Dialectical Behavioral Therapy & her interest in physiology met its match. Gaining DBT skills & practical knowledge of how the mind-body system reacts and can be managed has proven to be very effective in her own life. Utilising these skills in combination with her experience in various arenas, she offers an innovative and individualistic approach to facilitation with a focus on adaptability, self empowerment, empathy & connectedness.

*More Speakers coming soon

** Enquire about booking our leaders : popartjhb@gmail.com