Jon Keevy has trouble remembering what sort of bio he should be writing – a writer? A designer? A director? A producer? Like many people hustling in the Cape Town theatre industry he has to be more than one of these at any given time. This is where he writes down what that’s like.

So, general facts first: He graduated from UCT in 2007 for the 3rd time with an MA in theatre-making and started making theatre with Bosnian-born director Sanjin Muftic, a long time collaborator on many ill-advised schemes. Together they produced four plays at the National Arts Festival, toured to Rwanda and Knysna, ran an underground theatre until the cops shut it down, created projections for operas directed by Lara Bye and generally kept themselves busy.

As a writer Keevy flounces through different genres, from Children’s theatre to saucy sketch comedy, to solo shows dealing with dark South African themes. Most of these he has produced himself or with the aid of ASSITEJ and/or the Theatre Arts Admin Collective.

Keevy fits his writing schedule and his crazy collaborations with people like Jason Potgieter and Sanjin Muftic around running Alexander Upstairs, possibly the youngest and definitely the smallest theatre in Cape Town. Despite its size (or possibly because of it) it has packed a punch in the local landscape providing a space for new, independent work from professional theatre-makers and new-comers to the scene.

Away from theatre he likes aikido and reading. But not at the same time.

You can get in touch with Jon at freelancer@jonkeevy.com or upstairs@alexanderbar.co.za

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