The Imbewu trust is the brain child of Sam de Romijn and Paul Griffiths. It was started to promote and develop South African Arts at a local and international level. Paul Dickson is the financial management of the team and together we make miracles happen.
Paul’s professional career in theatre started as an actor in Musical Theatre Productions including Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar (National Tour), Evita (National Tour), Peter Pan, Camelot, Mame, and Fiddler on the Roof. He also completed one season at Maynardville in The Taming of the Shrew. After four years of working around South Africa, Paul moved to London where he spent the next 8 years, returning to South Africa in November 2004. Whilst in London, Paul completed an MA with Distinction in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University – a course which included modules at The GITIS Conservatory in Moscow, RESAD Drama School in Madrid and master classes from The Berliner Ensemble. Following this course of study Paul shifted his career focus from being on stage to directing.
Sam De Romijn
Sam originally hails from Kwazulu- Natal, after studying a diploma in Public Relations at Varsity College, and a year of Drama at the University of Natal. Sam Graduated from the Waterfront Theatre School in 2001, with herLicentuate Teachers Diploma. She has performed in, “It’s not where you start”,” As the Koekie Crumbles” by Fiona Coyne as well as in a number of children’s theatre productions. She then went on to do a film writing course, and the TEFL course and taught English to foreign language students. She then found her feet in the theatre world by stage managing productions for associates, and also professionally at the National Arts Festival for a number of years. She then worked for Theatre for Africa for two years as Stage Manager, at the Old Zoo venue, where she worked on the productions, “Into the Lion’s Den”, “Limpopo” and “Mama Thembu’s wedding”. Sam has continued to stage manage for smaller productions around Cape Town including working with Mynie Grove on the BBB – Shoprite Checkers campaign. Her journey with Mynie Grove included stage managing the backing choirs for Michale Buble, Josh Groban and other South African local bands. Find her activist page on facebook
After completing his Bachelor of Commerce degree at the University of Cape Town, Paul moved abroad to begin his career in the finance industry.He worked for a number of years in London for UBS bank, before moving with UBSto Zurich and being promoted to manage a portfolio management system and itsteam. He returned to South Africa 5 years ago, and has been a BusinessConsultant with UCS Solutions, focusing on Supply Chain process optimisation in the retail sector. Paul has always had an avid passion for theatre, so the appeal of the Imbewu initiative was a natural one. Paul hopes to bring to the Imbewu trust a sound financial understanding to take imbewu into a very prosperous future, where the trust can sustain producing the festival bi–annually as well as contributing to the establishment of arts and culture centres.