- Chief Executive - Artscape Theatre Centre
- Cape Town
- Postal Address:
- PO Box 4107, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
- +27 (0)21 410 9921
- +27 (0)21 419 8756
Since his appointment in 1997 as Chief Executive of Artscape, Michael Maas has transformed Artscape from a statutory arts council to a financially viable arts centre that serves all the South African arts forms and communities. This newly created artistic environment serves a wider variety of art forms, supported by an extensive audience development and outreach programme. His Masters Degree in Business Leadership (UNISA) has played an invaluable role in the transformation of Artscape within the South African context.
Michael is an accomplished pianist and holds a Masters Degree in Music. In 1985 and 1986 he studied piano at the Ithaca College for performing Arts in Ithaca, New York. In 1982 he was appointed lecturer in piano at the University of Port Elizabeth and later became Director of UPE Cultura, a position he held until the end of 1996.
The well-known National Youth Music Competition was started by him in 1984. He regularly acts as adjudicator for national and local music and arts events. This has included the SASOL Music Prize, the SABC Music prize, the ABSA National Youth Competition, various ATKV competitions and most recently the Artscape National Youth Music Competition, of which he is also Chairman of the Jury.
Michael has acted as accompanist for soloists and chamber music recitals and was an official accompanist for the UNISA / Transnet String Competition in 1992. He also acts as Study Leader and External Examiner for the Vlerick Business School attached to the University of Leuven and Ghent, Belgium. Other academic involvement has been with Rhodes University, Grahamstown in assessing the music curriculum for the Department of Music.
His ambition is to further transform the Artscape Theatre Centre into an internationally recognised arts institution renowned for its excellence, integrity and variety, forming the centre for cultural and artistic life in South Africa.