Schools Playwright and Actors Academy (SPAA)

The Schools Playwright and Actors Academy was started in 2008 and rebranded in 2013 to Children in Theatre and Television. At its rebranding, the Academy had trained 180 high school students in theatre skills development. The purpose of SPAA was to provide educational opportunities in writing, directing and acting out children’s plays. Inspired by the individual and collective stories of children, the program exposed high school students to diverse ideas, traditions and cultures, with theatre as the medium.

SPAA distinguished itself as a civil society initiative that compensated for a lack of formal theatre / arts education in Zimbabwe. Each year, a class in residence produced a minimum of two scripted plays that toured local schools and festivals, and were also staged at civil society and corporate events.

SPAA Impact Stories 

"Culture takes diverse forms across time and space. This diversity is embodied in the uniqueness and plurality of the identities of the groups and societies making up humankind. As a source of exchange, innovation and creativity, cultural diversity is as necessary for humankind as biodiversity is for nature. In this sense, it is the common heritage of humanity and should be recognized and affirmed for the benefit of present and future generation." (UNESCO Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity).