MEET THE TEAM

Alistair Kilbee

Managing Director

Alistair Kilbee, Splitbeam's Managing Director is well-known in the industry. He has been fulfilling lighting design...

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Marcel Wijnberger

Technical Support and Design Manager

Marcel Wijnberger started working for Gearhouse as a video editor in 2007. He quickly refined his skills as a AV/LX systems...

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Michael Inglis

Assistant Technical Manager

After graduating from UCT in 2003 with a BA Theatre and Performance Degree, Michael Inglis has worked in the theatre...

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Helen Surgeson

Key Account Manager

After 12 years of service with the Gearhouse Group of Companies, Helen Surgeson joined the Gearhouse Splitbeam team...

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Clement Makama

Senior Lighting Technician

Clement Makama's first taste of life in the entertainment industry was when he assisted with setting up lights for Life is...

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Mfanafuthi Njokweni

Lighting Technician

Lighting Technician, Mfanafuti Njokweni, fondly known as Fofo by the Splitbeam team spent a year attending classes the...

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Johann Grimsehl

Senior Audio Technician

Johann has been involved with Gearhouse Group since 2000 as an Audio freelancer where he gained experience in theatre...

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Tyrone Dobbin

Senior Audio Visual Technician

Tyrone Dobbin, less formally known as “T2”, comes to Gearhouse Splitbeam from a corporate AV environment...

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Nathania Coombes

Administration Team Leader

Nathania took up the position of Administrator at Gearhouse Splitbeam in March 2012. Prior to this position, she worked...

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Candice Joseph

Administrator

Candice joined the Splitbeam team in November 2014. Several years with a Pharmaceutical company has endowed her with...

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Robyn Kilbee

Asset Controller

After achieving an advanced diploma in Sound Engineering in 1998, Robyn Kilbee has worked consistently in the Theatre...

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Jeff Thomson

Senior Audio Operator

Jeff Thomson first entered the industry in 2007, after following his love for music and discovering a passion for live...

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Leon Barnard

Warehouse Manager

Leon Barnard started working in live entertainment in 1991 as an assistant stage manager at the State Theatre. He was soon employed...

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Mphumeleli Luvuno

Audio Technician

Mphumeleli started working in the events industry with Makhosini “Fats” Ngwenya when he was still working with the band Watershed...

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Mphumeleli “Tara” Luvuno

Audio Technician

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

Warehouse Manager

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

Managing Director

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.

Marcel Wijnberger

Technical Support and Design Manager

Marcel Wijnberger started working for Gearhouse as a video editor in 2007. He quickly refined his skills as a AV/LX systems engineer working on jobs like 46664, Positive Rocks, Miss World and the 2010 FIFA closing ceremony. In 2012, Marcel worked on his first big theatrical production, Dirty Dancing and later was the video designer for Eve Ensler’s “Emotional Creature” in South Africa. The Theatre bug bit hard and Marcel moved to Splitbeam to take up the role of Technical Manager.

Michael Inglis

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.

Helen Surgeson

Sales Account Manager

After 12 years of service with the Gearhouse Group of Companies, Helen Surgeson joined the Gearhouse Splitbeam team as Operations Manager in 2012. In a way, this is a return to her roots in the Theatre world.

Over 6 years at the Playhouse, working predominantly in the Musical Theatre department saw Helen advance from Assistant Stage Manager to Stage Manager before a better offer lured her to Johannesburg and the Civic Theatre. After that, a period working as a freelance Stage Manager working for Hazel Feldman and Showtime led Helen in turn to Caesars Casino (now Emperors Palace) where she production stage-managed the inaugural production, Eclipse. She was asked to stay on as the Venue Technical Manager for the Circus Maximus Theatre under Gearhouse’s newly formed Venue Technical Management department.

It was during this time at Caesars Palace that Helen first worked with Alistair Kilbee and they discovered that they make a formidable team. She is delighted to be returning to her theatrical roots with the Splitbeam Team as Sales Account Manager.

Clement Makama

Senior Lighting Technician

Clement Makama's first taste of life in the entertainment industry was when he assisted with setting up lights for Life is a Pitch at the JHB Civic theatre in 1999. A year later he moonlighted as stage crew on I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change while studying electronics. After that; things just escalated - taking this enthusiastic youngster to the Cape to work on a range of events at the Spier festival, at Emperors Palace Theatre of Marcellus and touring with Showtime Management productions both locally and internationally. When Gearhouse Splitbeam opened its doors in 2010, it was the perfect place for Clement to settle in as full time Senior Lighting Technician.

Mfanafuthi Njokweni

Lighting Technician

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.

Johann Grimsehl

Senior Audio Technician

Johann has been involved with Gearhouse Group since 2000 as an Audio freelancer where he gained experience in theatre, corporate and large scale live events. He has mixed monitors for Katherine Jenkins, Metro FM music awards and Dee Dee Bridgewater and mixed FOH for the SAMA awards, WWE and IPL cricket. As systems and monitor tech, Johann has worked on events for Ismael Lo, Macy Gray, The Eagles, Michael Bolton, Westlife and Lord of the Dance.

In June 2014 Johann joined Splitbeam in a permanent role as Senior Audio Technician where he is focusing his Audio skills on Theatrical Productions.

Tyrone Dobbin

Senior Audio Visual Technician and Systems Integration Specialist

Tyrone Dobbin, less formally known as “T2”, comes to Gearhouse Splitbeam from a corporate AV environment wanting to expand his mind within the world of Theatre AV. With a boundless thirst for knowledge and constant craving to learn, he is fitting in to the Splitbeam lifestyle perfectly as a Senior Audio Visual Technician and Systems Integration Specialist.

Tyrone began his theatrical journey as Assistant AV Tech on shows such as Shaolin Monks and Night With The Stars and looks forward to being an imperative asset on many productions to come in his future at Splitbeam.

Nathania Coombes

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 Joseph

Administrator

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.

Robyn Kilbee

Asset Controller

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.

Jeff Thomson

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.

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