Themba was founded at the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre in Sophiatown. In 2002, the two co-founders Kim Hope and Theresa Lynne started an organisation called Themba HIV & Aids Organisation. This was in response to an invitation from Archbishop Thabo Makgoba to use theatre to promote behavioural changes in young people at risk of contracting HIV/Aids.
Themba acknowledges everyone instrumental in the founding stages of this organisation:
- Members of the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre that first housed Themba from January 2002 to April 2004
- Archbishop Thabo Makgoba
- Religious Society of Friends (Quakers)
- The founding board members Margaret Roper, Dr Anthony Kinghorn, Dudu Mtshazo, Justine Limpitlaw and David Dennis
- The founders of Themba Interactive, Kim Hope and Theresa Lynne. Without Themba Interactive, many South African young people would not have had the chance to learn and grow, an opportunity the organisation continues to provide
- To the first group of trainers and actor-educators, we salute you for your invaluable contribution: Bongani Sihlangu, Mary Masita, Tebogo Ravele, Mkhonzeni Fumba, Thabo Nhlapo, Lesiba Komelane and many others