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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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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Roberto Grove

Production Manager

Roberto graduated from UCT in 2012 with a BA degree specialising in Drama and Italian Literature. He then went on...

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Nolene Martin

Production Manager

Nolene Martin has over 17 years of experience in the Event Business, spanning several industries, which would include...

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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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Cameron Squires

Junior Lighting Technician

Known as “Festoon” to some, Cameron first found his love for live events and his passion for lighting at high school...

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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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Fried Wilsenach

Head of Department Audio

Fried Wilsenach, having worked in various sectors of the market since 2005, Fried has extensive experience in the technical production...

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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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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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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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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 “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.

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.

Nolene Martin

Production Manager

Nolene Martin has over 17 years of experience in the Event Business, spanning several industries, which would include Marketing and Social Media, Conferences, Exhibitions and Entertainment.

Discovering an enthusiastic interest in the Events Industry, she was hired as an Event and Conference Assistant. There she was able to gain experience in all aspects of event planning, from registration, marketing, speaker and sponsor fulfilment as well as logistical details for various types of events.

Since that time, she has worked as an Event/Operations/Project Manager, refining her project management and overall skills with the aim of developing and producing events of all shapes and sizes across the industry. Some of these events included the World Cup 2010, Bastille Concert, Mediatech Africa, Grand Designs, The Rand Show, The Johannesburg Motor Show, The BMW 7 Series Launch Event, Mnet – 30th Birthday Bash, Cisco Connect South Africa, SAB Commercial Convention, Comic Con South Africa and Winex to name a few.

Roberto Grove

Production Manager

Roberto graduated from UCT in 2012 with a BA degree specialising in Drama and Italian Literature. He then went on to complete an Honours Degree in Technical Theatre Management and graduated in 2013.

After completing his honours degree, Roberto entered the freelance theatre industry. It was during this time that he got involved with work at The Fugard Theatre in Cape Town. He went on to take up the position as Production Manager at The Fugard and spent the next 4 years refining his skills and learning more about the industry.

During his time at the Fugard Theatre Roberto worked on award winning productions such as The Rocky Horror Show, King Kong: Legend of a Boxer, and West Side Story. In the course of the production of West Side Story Roberto first worked with Alistair Kilbee and the Splitbeam team.

In 2018, Roberto joined the Splitbeam team with the vision of broadening his expertise in the theatre industry. He aims to learn as much as possible from his new colleagues and aspires to becoming one of the best Production Mangers the country has to offer, both locally and internationally.

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.

Cameron Squires

Junior Lighting Technician

Known as “Festoon” to some, Cameron first found his love for live events and his passion for lighting at high school, when he joined the Sound & Lighting crew. He achieved many accolades for his work and eventually captained the crew, continuing to coach the technical team for some time after matriculating.

Cameron entered the live events industry in 2016 when he joined the Gearhouse Kentse Mpahlwa Academy 2-year learnership program. During his first year he interned at Gearhouse JHB, gaining experience in all the live events technical departments.

In 2017, in his second year in the learnership, Cameron’s strong interest in lighting led him to specialise in lighting at Splitbeam. His passion for theatre lighting grew and he gained valuable experience and knowledge in the year that he spent with the company.

During this internship, Cameron integrated himself into the Splitbeam team, and is very pleased to be continuing his career as a full-time Lighting Technician for Splitbeam where he is eager to further his knowledge and ongoing relationship with the company.

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.

Fried Wilsenach

Head of Department Audio

Having worked in various sectors of the market since 2005, Fried has extensive experience in the technical production industry. After obtaining a post graduate national diploma in Entertainment Technology from the Tshwane University of Technology in 2005, Fried started working full-time as an audio technician for a rental company and later as chief audio technician and technical production manager at the Victory Theatre in Joburg. In 2009, he entered the freelance market and in 2010 joined leading technical supplier Gearhouse South Africa in the audio department as a regular freelance sound engineer. Joining Splitbeam as Head of Department Audio in 2018, Fried brings not only his capabilities as an expert audio professional, but also a broad understanding of the events industry in general; including structures, rigging, power, signal flow and distribution and IP based network systems.

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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