Prince Lamla is an award-winning theatre director, actor trainer, and educator. He was the Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for theatre in 2013 and was named one of the Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in the same year. He teaches in the area of performance and theatre-making, and has previously taught at AFDA Johannesburg where his contribution to actor training focussed on ensemble work.
Prince trained at the Market Theatre Laboratory and has attended a course in Sweden at Stadsteater entitled, Exploration of Text and Interpretation. He is passionate about community theatre development and has worked with organisations like Grahamstown Foundation Arts Education, Market Theatre’s Community Theatre Development programme, Gauteng Organisation of Community Theatre, Twist Durban and Rare Arts Productions in conjunction with Bakwena Consortium in North West.
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He has directed many plays, most notably, Coal Yard, Woza Albert! and Asinamali. His acclaimed production of Woza Albert! went on to have a six-month season at the Market Theatre followed by touring performances to the Midlands at Michaelhouse, the Swaziland International Festival of the Arts, and a month-long season at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland. He has also directed a number of student productions at Sibikwa Arts Centre and Afda Johannesburg, and has worked as a directing assistant in South Africa, Austria and England.