Peter Ngwenya (1956-2009). Playwright, director.
He was born in Soweto and lived and worked there. He died, aged 53, in May 2009.
A scholarship at the Yale Repertory Theatre in the US, in 1988, reinforced his belief in the power of drama to develop the mind of a child.
He was a selfmotivated playwright, who started out writing for radio.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
His first notable production was Save the Child, which toured nationally. This play, performed by children, launched his Soweto Youth Drama Society (SYDS), in 1987, with the aim of giving young people an opportunity to express themselves creatively. That same year it was presented at the Culture in Another South Africa (Casa) festival in Amsterdam, Holland.
His last production was Take Me Home.
Winner of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award, 1991.
Soweto’s first theatre complex was named after him.
National Arts Festival programme, 1991. p. 53.
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