Alistair Kilbee, Splitbeam's Managing Director is well-known in the industry. He has been fulfilling lighting design...
Assistant Technical Manager
After graduating from UCT in 2003 with a BA Theatre and Performance Degree, Michael Inglis has worked in the theatre...
Roberto graduated from UCT in 2012 with a BA degree specialising in Drama and Italian Literature. He then went on...
Nolene joined Splitbeam in 2018 as a Production Manager. She has over 19 years of experience in the Event Business...
Maye obtained her National Diploma in Drama and Production Studies from the Durban University of Technology. While ...
With Oliver’s passion for lighting, his creativity, integrity and energetic work ethic has become well known in the South African live...
Lighting Technician, Mfanafuti Njokweni, fondly known as Fofo by the Splitbeam team spent a year attending classes the...
Cameron Squires, AKA Cam, has had a passion for the industry (especially Lighting) since he joined his high school’s Sound and...
Head of Department Audio
Fried Wilsenach, having worked in various sectors of the market since 2005, Fried has extensive experience in the...
Senior Audio Operator
Jeff Thomson first entered the industry in 2007, after following his love for music and discovering a passion for live...
Mphumeleli started working in the events industry with Makhosini “Fats” Ngwenya when he was still working with the band Watershed...
Administration Team Leader
Nathania took up the position of Administrator at Gearhouse Splitbeam in March 2012. Prior to this position, she worked...
Candice joined the Splitbeam team in November 2014. Several years with a Pharmaceutical company has endowed her with...
After achieving an advanced diploma in Sound Engineering in 1998, Robyn Kilbee has worked consistently in the Theatre...
Leon Barnard started working in live entertainment in 1991 as an assistant stage manager at the State Theatre. He was soon employed...
Catia Oelf joined the Splitbeam Team in May 2018. She is the Junior Administrator at Splitbeam. She worked at a...
Hleziphi ‘Rachel’ Gusha, originally from the Eastern Cape, joined Splitbeam as a trainee stock controller in 2016, after having...
Mphumeleli started working in the events industry with Makhosini “Fats” Ngwenya when he was still working with the band Watershed, as their Audio Technician. Mphumeleli worked on one of Watershed’s big concerts in 2009, and later that year was introduced to Prosound where he gained skills and knowledge in a variety of disciplines including Rigging, Audio, Staging and AV. Shortly afterwards Mphumeleli was hired at Prosound on a permanent basis, where he worked until they closed down their rental department in 2014.
During his time at Prosound, Mphumeleli worked on various theatre shows, such as Cats, Phantom of the Opera, Jesus Christ Superstar, Dreamgirls and many more, as well as working on international music festivals, such as the Rewind Festival, Block Party, Bush Fire Festival, and on tour with Joyous Celebration 16.
His interest in Audio and Theatre led him to work with Splitbeam as a freelancer, and in 2016 he joined the team full-time, “I hope to continue my growth and development through my work with the company” he says.
Leon Barnard started working in live entertainment in 1991 as an assistant stage manager at the State Theatre. He was soon employed as a stage and production manager for the Music department. After gaining sufficient experience he freelanced as a stage manager in theatrical and corporate events of all shapes and sizes and also worked as a production manager and lighting operator. After a stint as stage manager at the Market theatre, he accepted a position as production manager for the National Philharmonic Orchestra in 1999 until the State Theatre was temporarily downscaled in 2000.
In 2001 he was appointed as Stage Services Manager of the newly restructured State Theatre, in charge of all equipment and technical staff in the six performing venues in the complex. He oversaw the technical supervision and planning of all productions at the State Theatre which included many memorable successes such as Cats; Phantom Of The Opera; Mamma Mia; Sarafina and a great many others.
He is delighted to be working in the private sector and hopes to bring an organised and analytical approach to his work at Splitbeam.
Alistair Kilbee, Splitbeam's Managing Director is well-known in the industry. He has been fulfilling lighting design and theatre staffing requirements and managing full production aspects; including the coordination of sound, lighting, rigging and set companies, for a variety of productions over the years. His theatre industry experience has proved invaluable in assembling the stockholding and expertise required for this very niche market.
His experience includes being the Technical Director on countless theatrical hits and he continues to work extensively in China, Hong Kong, Singapore, Bangkok, Japan, New Zealand, Korea, UAE and Australia.
Assistant Technical Manager
After graduating from UCT in 2003 with a BA Theatre and Performance Degree, Michael Inglis has worked in the theatre in a variety of capacities. He is the founder of Emmet Theatre, a company dedicated to producing innovative and inspiring theatrical works,He has also worked extensively as stage-manager for various theatres and theatre producers, including The Baxter Theatre, The Fugard Theatre, Madame Zingara and Showtime Management, and at theatres and arts festivals around the globe.
As a freelance stage-manager on SA tour of Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls around the World, Michael had the opportunity of working for Splitbeam, and in 2014, he joined the Splitbeam team in a full-time capacity. He is eager to utilise his varied experience in the theatre in his work for the company, while learning as much as possible from the diverse and exciting work that Splitbeam does.
Nolene joined Splitbeam in 2018 as a Production Manager. She has over 19 years of experience in the Event Business, spanning several industries, including Marketing and Social Media, Conferences, Exhibitions, and Live Entertainment.
She was first hired as an Events and Conference Assistant, where she was able to gain experience in all aspects of event planning, from registration, marketing, speaker and sponsor fulfilment as well as all logistical requirements for the various types of events.
Since that time, she has worked as an Event/Operations/Project Manager, including events such as the World Cup 2010, Bastille Concert, Media-Tech Africa, Grand Designs, the Rand Show, The Johannesburg Motor Show, the BMW 7 Series Launch Event, M-Net’s 30th Birthday Bash, Cisco Connect SA, SAB Commercial Convention, Comic-Con SA and WINEX to name a few.
Nolene is currently the Vice-Chairperson for the TPSA Council, where she assists daily in ensuring that members who service the live entertainment industry (specifically technically-related) adhere and adopt the professional standards, ethical business practice, maintain international and safety standards. Nolene actively promotes the advancement of knowledge and skills of its members within the production services profession.
Maye obtained her National Diploma in Drama and Production Studies from the Durban University of Technology. While she was studying at the university she discovered her love and passion for the technical side of the industry, after being given the opportunity to assist the Courtyard Theatre Manager with the rigging of lights and programming of various productions. After graduating she then acquired an internship at the Artscape Theatre Centre with her focus being on lighting and stage management.
Maye has also worked alongside:
She also was the production assistant at the following festivals: ICA: Live Art Festival Festival, The Cape Town Fringe Festival and the Cape Town Buskers Festival. As well as, On Another Ones Bread Directed and Written By Mike Van Graan where she filled the role of Sound Operator.
Her first introduction to Splitbeam was when she had the opportunity to work with them in 2017 during the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and Performing Arts Festival, Cradle of Creativity. Then in 2018, she joined IVTM (Which forms part of the Gearhouse Group of Companies) where she filled the role of Inhouse Venue Technical Manager at the Taj Hotel and currently fills the role of Production Manager for Splitbeam.
With Oliver’s passion for lighting, his creativity, integrity and energetic work ethic has become well known in the South African live events industry.
After achieving a diploma in Entertainment Technology in 2009, Hauser has worked on over 250 productions across a wide range of genres: Television, drama, comedy, opera, musicals, avant-garde dance, contemporary music, conceptual performance and corporate events.
He has designed, co-ordinated and managed lighting for productions at prestigious venues in Barcelona, Paris, Zurich, Berlin, Beijing, Lagos, the United States and in other cities internationally.
Some of his career credits include: The South African Music Awards 2018 & 2019, Avenue Q South Africa, Rock of Ages South Africa, Jonathan Roxmouth’s The Musicals in Concert (2017 & 2018), High School Musical (Associate designer), The Mystery of Irma Vep, Eve Ensler’s Emotional Creature, Molière’s Tartuffe, The Crucible, Reza De Vet’s African Gothic, African Footprint (Head of lighting), Gilbert & Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Athol Fugard’s Boesman & Lena, The Coloured Museum, Percy Mtwa’s Bopha!, Beautiful Creatures, One More Night (A Phil Collins Tribute), Marat Sade, Gregory Maqoma’s “Cion” (Set design and technical management)
Roberto graduated from UCT in 2012 with a BA degree specialising in Drama and Italian Literature. He then went on to complete an Honours Degree in Technical Theatre Management and graduated in 2013.
After completing his honours degree, Roberto entered the freelance theatre industry. It was during this time that he got involved with work at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. He went on to take up the position as Production Manager at The Fugard and spent the next 4 years refining his skills and learning more about the industry.
During his time at the Fugard Theatre Roberto worked on award winning productions such as The Rocky Horror Show, King Kong: Legend of a Boxer, and West Side Story. In the course of the production of West Side Story Roberto first worked with Alistair Kilbee and the Splitbeam team.
In 2018, Roberto joined the Splitbeam team with the vision of broadening his expertise in the theatre industry. He aims to learn as much as possible from his new colleagues and aspires to becoming one of the best Production Mangers the country has to offer, both locally and internationally.
Lighting Technician, Mfanafuti Njokweni, fondly known as Fofo by the Splitbeam team spent a year attending classes at the South African Roadies Association (SARA) in 2004, learning about the legal side of the music industry, copyright royalties and more. The following year he officially joined the programme, working in the fields of audio, backline and staging with a little lighting on the side. In 2006, SARA nominated Mfanafuthi to undergo Facilitator training with MAPPP Seta which qualified him to return to SARA as a Training Facilitator. An exchange programme between Norway and SARA had him travelling to Norway to work on the Quart Festival and later to Denmark to the Roskilde Festival as a lighting technician where he operated the lighting desk for 3 bands. One thing led to another and he also started freelancing with various companies in Johannesburg.
In 2011, he crossed paths with Splitbeam’s Clement Makama while working on Skouspel. Recognising his potential and enthusiasm, Clement introduced Mfanafuthi to the company where he began assisting in the workshops during the busiest periods. By Feb 2012, Fofo had become a permanent fixture in the Splitbeam team where he has acquired a special affinity for theatre and the discipline that it requires.
Cameron Squires, AKA Cam, has had a passion for the industry (especially Lighting) since he joined his high school’s Sound and Lighting team. He found his love for it and quickly worked his way up to being the Captain of the team and the “Go To Guy’’ for all the school productions and productions using the venue.
After matriculating, Cam went straight into the industry by enrolling into the Gearhouse Kentse Mpahlwa Academy where for the first year he learnt the basics of all departments.
After graduating first year he still had a passion for lighting and was offered the opportunity to specialize in Theatre Lighting at Splitbeam for his second year of the Academy. Cameron said "From day one, the theatre bug had bitten me and I wouldn’t want it any other way".
After completing his second year, Splitbeam offered him the position of Junior Lighting Technician. Due to his hard work, good work ethic and dedication to the company, he was given the title of Lighting Technician.
Cameron has played a big part in many productions at Splitbeam and continuously works on becoming a better lighting technician and operator.
Head of Department Audio
Having worked in various sectors of the market since 2005, Fried has extensive experience in the technical production industry. After obtaining a post graduate national diploma in Entertainment Technology from the Tshwane University of Technology in 2005, Fried started working full-time as an audio technician for a rental company and later as chief audio technician and technical production manager at the Victory Theatre in Joburg. In 2009, he entered the freelance market and in 2010 joined leading technical supplier Gearhouse South Africa in the audio department as a regular freelance sound engineer. Joining Splitbeam as Head of Department Audio in 2018, Fried brings not only his capabilities as an expert audio professional, but also a broad understanding of the events industry in general; including structures, rigging, power, signal flow and distribution and IP based network systems.
Administration Team Leader
Nathania took up the position of Administrator at Gearhouse Splitbeam in March 2012. Prior to this position, she worked for a recruitment agency. During those years she honed her skills in the Admin, Accounts and IT departments.
Working for Splitbeam has instilled in her a great respect for the lighting and theatre industries. “Great precision, skill and passion are at the foundation of this industry”
Candice joined the Splitbeam team in November 2014. Several years with a Pharmaceutical company has endowed her with a broad skill set because of her enthusiasm and willingness to quickly step in wherever necessary.
Although Candice’s experience of the Theatre world before joining Splitbeam was limited to watching a few shows; her experience in dispatching, admin, telesales, purchasing, marketing coupled with her innate determination and love of a challenge has enabled her to find her place on the team.
After achieving an advanced diploma in Sound Engineering in 1998, Robyn Kilbee has worked consistently in the Theatre Industry as a sound technician on a number of musicals including Thoroughly Modern Millie, Chicago, We Will Rock You and 5 of Janice Honeyman’s pantomimes whilst working at the Jo’burg Theatre. After completing the SA tour of Beauty and the beast in 2009, Robyn took some time off to raise her 2 children, before joining the Splitbeam Team in 2014 as Asset Controller.
Senior Audio Operator
Jeff Thomson first entered the industry in 2007, after following his love for music and discovering a passion for live sound. After starting as an intern, he quickly worked his way up the ranks, and discovered a huge interest in musical theatre audio. He worked as an Assistant Audio Technician on shows such as Beauty and the Beast, High School Musical, Lord of the Dance and Tap Dogs, which led to him first meeting and working with Alistair Kilbee.
After a couple years, he left the industry to fulfil a childhood dream of working in the bushveld, and on his return decided to study live sound engineering full-time at the Academy of Sound Engineering. During this time he started working with Splitbeam to gain more practical hours towards his course. After graduating in 2015 at the top of his class, he worked with Splitbeam as a freelance Audio Technician before leaving to work on a cruise ship in the Caribbean. After completing his cruise contract, he re-joined Splitbeam full-time as Senior Audio Operator for theatre. He is looking forward to a long and mutually-beneficial relationship with Splitbeam, working on and touring as many shows as possible, and seeing as many theatres as possible.
Catia Oelf joined the Splitbeam Team in May 2018.
She is the Junior Administrator at Splitbeam.
She worked at a printing company as an administrator for 7 years before joining the Splitbeam Team.
She is a hardworker and a good time keeper. Always willing and eager to learn and explore new skills and possibilities.
Hleziphi ‘Rachel’ Gusha, originally from the Eastern Cape, joined Splitbeam as a trainee stock controller in 2016, after having been the tea lady for the Gerahouse Group for a few years.
Rachel went from not knowing what an XLR cable was to learning about lighting, sound and AV equipment, this has earned her the title of Stock Controller.
Rachel’s passion and desire to learn has made her an invaluable asset to the Splitbeam team.
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