Feature: Jade Beeby Earns A Spot To Showcase In America.

By Phumzile Mavimbela

 Jade Beeby is a BA Dramatic Art (Hons) graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand, who majored in Directing and Writing. She is proficient in Physical Theatre, as well as conversational South African Sign Language. Jade is interested in all facets of the theatre industry and has an eagerness to grow and learn with every new theatrical opportunity. 
When she not coordinating the Shakespeare Schools Festival Johannesburg (A nation-wide schools theatre festival in South Africa), she is teaching Dramatic Art and English at a home school for remedial children, running an independent drama club, tutoring and developing content for a school’s app. 
Jade has been part of several dance festivals such as Dance Umbrella and Detours. She has performed in Wits “O-week” and in assorted Wits Theatre 
Productions. She has also performed in professional theatre productions at the Joburg and Market Theatre. Jade is skilled on stage as well as behind the scenes, and has stage managed plays throughout her varsity career as well as professionally for the RAPS school play festival as well as at independent shows at theatres throughout Johannesburg. 
Jade has been acting and singing as long as she can remember. Performing in schools plays throughout her academic career as well as being the lead singer and co-guitarist of a cover band “Jade and the Gem” from 2013-2017. Jade has never stopped pushing towards her dream of being part of the arts and entertainment industry. 
Jade is also just published her first play. In 2019 her writing was selected from over 80 entries as 1 of 8 plays to be performed in a live reading at the Tin Town Theatre with The Writers Lab. 4 of the plays were later selected to be published in an anthology of plays. Jade’s play “First” was chosen as 1 of the 4, and has been published with The Writers Lab and Diartskonageng. The same play was chosen for the “In The Works” mentorship program run by Assitej South Africa in 2020. This saw 10 mentees (narrowed down from hundreds of entries) paired with international mentors. This opportunity gave Jade the platform to showcase a reading of her work for children in South Africa and internationally through Assitej International. Her collaborative work “Squid Starts a Revolution”, as part of the “In The Works” program, was also selected to be published in France for a children’s play workshop. 
In 2019 auditioned for the International Art and Talent Showcase (IATS). After a successful audition, she was invited to perform a monologue and a song at the showcase. The IATS is a platform that gives performers the opportunity to showcase their talent to several international talent scouts. If your performance is deemed a success, you are offered a call-back, where you are invited to represent South Africa in New York at the International Model and Talent Association (IMTA) conference. Here artists are invited to perform in front of 300+ talent scouts. This is an opportunity to be "found" and to make connections with industry professionals. On October 31st 2020 - Jade received international call backs from names including Rhavynn Drummer, Nate Butler, Blaze Johnson, Joey Hunter and Sam Nicholls. She is currently in the process of fundraising for her trip where she hopes to see her career grow to new heights. 
In terms of creating, Jade has embarked on a mission of “light”, one, which sees the creation of all work that will leave those who connect with it feeling lighter than before. In a world filled with the ‘heavy’, she hope to spread a little light along the way. 

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