Naledi Theatre Awards
The Naledi Theatre Awards were introduced by the Theatre Managements of South Africa (TMSA) in Gauteng in 2003. [Replacing the DALRO Awards(?*) and the VITA Awards which disbanded in the late 1990’s?*] The executive director is Dawn Lindberg, the patron is Dr John Kani, Chairman and board members are Dali Tambo (chairman) Welcome Msomi and Ismail Mahomed.
The first awards were made at the Sound Stage in Midrand in 2003. Over the first decade the awards have recognised more than 2,000 nominees and 250 winners and have recognised 55 lifetime achievers, all of whom have left an indelible mark on the industry:
The lifetime achievement winners are:
2005: Lillian Dube, Fiona Fraser, Neels Hansen, John Kani, Phyllis Klotz, Joyce Levinsohn, Joe Mafela, Michael McCabe, Zakes Mokae, Smal Ndaba, Nomhla Nkonyeni, Winston Ntshona, Dolly Rathebe (posthumous) and Wilma Snyman
2006: Queenith Ndaba, Whinney Isiah Setimo, Cocky Thlothlalemaje, Mary Twala, Louis Van Niekerk and Frantz Dobrowsky (posthumous)
2007: David Phetoe, Doris Sehula, Michael Lovegrove (posthumous), Moira Lister and Selaelo Maredi
2008: Welcome Msomi, Miriam Makeba and Bill Flynn (posthumous)
2009: Lynette Marais, John Matshikiza (posthumous) and Es'kia Mphahlele (posthumous)
2010: Hugh Masekela, Richard Loring and Tobie Cronje
2011: Evita Bezuidenhout
2012: Judy Page and Thandi Klaasen
In 2012 an Executive Directors Award was given to Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler of the Handspring Puppet Company for Warhorse
Community theatre and children's theatre haved also been recognised by the Naledis, as have emerging directors and performers - who have been given a platform to not only stage their work, but be exposed to the vibrant South African theatre industry.
See also Awards.
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