1 of SATJ appeared in May 1987, launched with a party hosted by the Wits Performing Arts Centre, thanks to Ian Steadman, who was Chair of the Department, and our sponsors at the time, the AA Mutual Life Arts Fund and DALRO.
Initially SATJ had its offices at the Centre for South African Theatre Research (CESAT) at the Human Sciences Research Council, which supported the journal in its early years.
SATJ initially appeared twice a year, but from 1997 it appeared as a double volume, one a year, for logistical reasons.
The advent of the Internet and electronic publishing have also affected the journal, and electronic distribution of SATJ through SABINET and EBSCO has clearly helped to increase readership and the international profile of the journal in the last ten years, to judge by feedback and the reports of these agencies.
The SATJ has moved away from the traditional structure of the journal where articles, reports, reviews and playtexts where published in different sections.
Thirdly, this is to be the last volume of SATJ that we will be printing and distributing from the offices of the Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies at Stellenbosch University.
Another direct result of this move to commercial publishing is that SATJ will now come out in three issues per volume (March, July and November each year).