WSOA Alumni flourish in the 2015 Naledi Nominations

The Naledi Awards for 2015 were announced and it is wonderful to see such a strong showing of teaching staff and alumnus from TAP being acknowledged. Congratulations to Mwenya Kabwe, currently a staff memebr in the division on being nominated for Best Supporting Actress in Doubt. It is also excellent to see Lidja Marelic, a relatively recent graduate, and Phala O. Phala, a graduate of our MA programme, both being nominated in the emerging voice category. Adam Pelkowitz, a graduate who honed his skills in the musical theatre programme, is nominated for two awards. Dom Gumede’s Crepuscule, a work that began in a 3rd year writing course in our division and that was further developed in a 4th year directing module, has 7 nominations including Best Director for Dom and Best New South African Play. Kafka’s Ape is another work that began in the MA directing programme a few years back. Our current Head of Divsision, Greg Homann’s production, based on the life and work of Alan Paton, has 8 nominations including Best Director, Best Production, and Best New South African Play. Two productions that Makhaola Ndebele’s directed, Lepatata and Making Me Human, also have multiple nominations.

Here is the full list of Wits associated 2015 Naledi nominations.

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Mwenya Kabwe – Doubt – Prod. by Daphne Kuhn for the A&G Theatre on the Square. Witten by John Patrick Shanley, Dir. by James Cuningham.

BEST PRODUCTION FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES (Supported by Assitej SA) (13 – 17)
– Short, Stories, Alive – Prod. by Nobulali Productions. Edited by Sandy Kerr, Dir. by Neil Coppen.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A CHILDRENS’ THEATRE PRODUCTION
Gamelihle Bovana – James And The Giant Peach – Prod. by The National Children’s Theatre. Written by Roald Dahl, Adapt. and Dir. by Francois Theron.

BEST AV / ANIMATION
Adam Pelkowitz – I’m Playing Your Song – Prod. by Pieter Toerien. Written by Jonathan Roxmouth, Dir. by Alan Swerdlow.
Jurgen Meekel – Cincinatti Scenes from City Life – Prod. by The Market Theatre and The Windybrow Theatre by arr. with DALRO (Pty) Ltd. Written by Barney Simon, Dir. by Clive Mathibe.
Wilhelm Disbergen – Colour Me Human – Prod. by the Joburg Theatre in ass. with Colour Me Human NPC. Created by Steve Dyer, Dir. by Makhaola Ndebele.

BEST MUSICAL DIRECTOR
Rowan Bakker – Sweeney Todd – Prod. by Pieter Toerien and KickstArt by arr. with DALRO (Pty) Ltd. Written by Hugh Wheeler, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Dir. by Steven Stead.
Rowan Bakker – Sister Act – Prod. by Bernard Jay for Joburg Theatre. Written by Joseph Howard, Adapt. by Cheri and Bill Steinkellner and Douglas Carter Beane, Dir. by Janice Honeyman.

BEST EMERGING VOICE (SPONSORED BY THE MARKET THEATRE)
Lidija Marelic – Writer/Director
Phala Phala – Writer/Director

BEST PRODUCTION: CUTTING EDGE
– Kafka’s Ape – Prod. by Gita Pather, staged at the SO SOLO FESTIVAL. Written by Franz Kafka, Adapt. and Dir. by Phala O. Phala.
– We Didn’t Come To Hell For The Croissants: Seven Deadly New Stories for Consenting Adults – Prod. by POPArt Productions in ass. with Jemma Kahn. Written by Tertius Kapp, Rosa Lyster, Lebogang Mogashoa, Nicholas Spagnoletti, Justin Oswald and Louis Viljoen, Dir. by Lindiwe Matshikiza.

BEST DIRECTOR OF A PLAY
Greg Homann – A Voice I Cannot Silence – Prod. by Arts Trust of SA (ATSA). Written by Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson, Dir. by Greg Homann.
Khayelihle Dom Gumede – Crepuscule – Prod. by The Market Theatre and The Windybrow Theatre by arr. with DALRO (Pty) Ltd. Written by Can Themba, Adapt. And Dir. by Khayelihle Dom Gumede.
Makhaola Ndebele – Lepatata – Prod. by Market Theatre and Windybrow Theatre. Written by Moagi Modise, Dir. by Makhaola Ndebele.

20. BEST SUPPORT / FEATURED PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL
Adam Pelkowitz – Sweeney Todd – Prod. by Pieter Toerien and Kickstart by arr. with DALRO (Pty) Ltd. Written by Hugh Wheeler, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Dir. by Steven Stead.
Clint Lesch – Aspoestertjie – Prod. by Add-Life Productions. Adapt. by Cobus Venter, Dir. by Weslee Lauder.
Michelle Levin – Sleeping Beauty – Prod. by Bernard Jay for Joburg Theatre. Written and Dir. by Janice Honeyman.

BEST PERFORMANCE IN A MUSICAL (FEMALE)
Sharon Spiegel-Wagner – I’m Playing Your Song – Prod. by Pieter Toerien. Written by Jonathan Roxmouth, Dir. by Alan Swerdlow.

23. BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY (FEMALE)
– Anna-Mart van der Merwe – People Are Living There – Prod. by The Market Theatre and The Windybrow Theatre by arr. with DALRO (Pty) Ltd. Written by Athol Fugard, Dir. by André Odendaal.
– Antoinette Kellerman – As Die Broek Pas – Prod. by TEATERteater in ass. with The Market Theatre. Written by Manfred Karge, translated by Willem Anker, Dir. by Marthinus Basson.
– Clare Mortimer – A Voice I Cannot Silence – Prod. by Arts Trust of SA (ATSA). Written by Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson, Dir. by Greg Homann.
Fiona Ramsay – Miss Dietrich Regrets – Prod. by Daphne Kuhn for the A&G Theatre on the Square. Written by Gail Louw, Dir. by Sylvaine Strike
Fiona Ramsay – Doubt – Prod. by Daphne Kuhn for the A&G Theatre on the Square. Witten by John Patrick Shanley, Dir. by James Cuningham.
Lesedi Job – Fishers of Hope – Prod. by the Baxter Theatre Centre and Mopo Productions in ass. with the SA State Theatre. Written and Dir. by Lara Foot.

BEST LEAD PERFORMANCE IN A PLAY (MALE)
Atandwa Kani – Black and Blue – Prod. by Kosie House of Theatre in ass. with The Market Theatre and Fortune Cookie Productions. Concept by Sylvaine Strike, Dir. by James Cunningham.

BEST NEW SA SCRIPT (SPONSORED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN STATE THEATRE)
– A Voice I Cannot Silence – Prod. by Arts Trust of SA (ATSA). Written by Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson, Dir. by Greg Homann.
– Broken Plates – Prod. by Gita Pather for the SO SOLO FESTIVAL, Wits Theatre and staged by Aubrey Sekhabi for the MZANSI FELA FESTIVAL, State Theatre. Written and Dir. by Renos Spanoudes.
– Crepuscule – Prod. by The Market Theatre and The Windybrow Theatre by arr. with DALRO (Pty) Ltd. Written by Can Themba, Adapt. and Dir. by Khayelihle Dom Gumede.
– Fishers of Hope – Prod. by the Baxter Theatre Centre and Mopo Productions in ass. with the SA State Theatre. Written and Dir. by Lara Foot.

26. BEST PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
– A Voice I Cannot Silence – Prod. by Arts Trust of SA (ATSA). Written by Greg Homann and Ralph Lawson, Dir. by Greg Homann.
– Fishers of Hope – Prod. by the Baxter Theatre Centre and Mopo Productions in ass. with the SA State Theatre. Written and Dir. by Lara Foot.
– Lepatata – Prod. by The Market Theatre and The Windybrow Theatre. Written by Moagi Modise, Dir. by Makhaola Ndebele.

For the full list, click on this link.

http://www.artlink.co.za/news_article.htm?contentID=39612

Again, congratulations to the nominees!

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