Henriëtta Gryffenberg

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Henriëtta Gryffenberg (1964- ) is a South African actress, playwright and television scriptwriter, best known for her role in the Afrikaans drama series Sonkring and for writing the screenplay for the Afrikaans television drama series Erfsondes, which premiered on SABC2 in 2007.


Henriëtta was born in Johannesburg.


She studied Drama at the University of Pretoria, Department of Drama, graduating in 1984 and in 1985 she obtained her teacher's diploma..

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

As a student she had a role in a production of People are Living There (1986).

Working for PACT she appeared in Dalk (1988), Antjie Somers and I (1989), Taraboemdery (1989), Plastics (1993).

Subsequent roles on stage include Die Papegaaivrou (1990), the pantomime Jan en die Boontjierank (1991), Droomsmokkelaar (1993), Keely and Du (1997), Briewe aan 'n Rooi Dak (Aardklop 2001), Desnieteenstaande (Aardklop 2003), Sophia Mentz Beredder Haar Boedel (Aardklop 2007).

Henriëtta assisted as director of Dood van 'n Verkoopsman (2010) and directed Die Uitnodiging at Innibos in 2019.

She wrote the one-act play Dis nie my Bybie nie and the cabaret Swartskaap.

Awards, etc.

She was awarded the Kanna Prize, best performance in music theatre, for the text and her performance in Swartskaap, 2005, a text also rewarded with the AngloGold/ Ashanti-Smeltkroesprys for best new Afrikaans text in 2004.

She was nominated best supporting actress on the Afrikaans stage for the DALRO Award, award year 1993, for her role in Droomsmokkelaar.


See: Leads Agency [1].

Amazwi Literary awards database.

Beeld, 2 October 2004.

Die Burger, 1 April 2005.

Wikipedia (Afrikaans) [2].

See also sources pertaining to individual productions.

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