Standard Bank Young Artists

The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards were established by the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown in 1984 to recognise relatively established young emerging South African artists who demonstrate  outstanding artistic talent. The National Arts Festival Committee select winners in five different disciplines: Theatre, Music, Dance, Jazz and Visual Art-and from time to time Film.

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2014 theatre winner

Multi-talented theatre director and academic Greg Homann has been named by the National Arts Festival as the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award Winner for Theatre.

Greg Homann has directed an impressive array of work in varying styles and forms that include drama, comedy, musical theatre, musical revue, contemporary world-drama and new South African plays. Homann graduated from Wits with a BA in Dramatic Art and has an MA in Text and Performance Studies with distinction from The Royal Academy of...

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2014
Theatre

2013 theatre winner

2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Theatre, Simthembile Prince Lamla (31), underscores the importance of the mentors who have helped him tailor his success and to discover new professional opportunities in his career. He started his acting and directing career at a community theatre group in the late 90's in Qwaqwa.

 "I never saw this award coming. It is a key in this industry. I am happy that it came at this stage in my life where I am very hungry to direct more and more plays. I am going to use this award as a motivation to work even harder. I wish my...

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Winner
2013
Theatre

2012 theatre winner

The winner of this year's Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, Princess Zinzi Mhlongo (25), draws her inspiration from previous Standard Bank Award winners. "I know that this award will open up many doors for me. I am ready to grab opportunities as they come. I have big dreams, and this is the perfect time for them to come true. Winning the Standard Bank Young Artist Award doesn't mean I have made it, but it simply marks the beginning of great things to come," Zinzi said.

This feisty young actress, playwright and theatre director is currently busy with a play entitledTrapped. "Andrew Buckland, Mbongeni Ngema, Paul Grootboom and Ntshieng Mokgoro are just a few names of the people who have received this award in previous years. To be added to that list is such an honour," Zinzi said. "Our journeys are...

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Winner
2012
Theatre

2011 theatre winner

Neil Coppen's (29) obsession with theatre grew like a tempest at the age of six when his mother first took him along to the NAPAC production ofSinging in the Rain. "I was totally enthralled when it started to pour with rain on stage. I think my father told me that the director had a hotline to some celestial being that made it pour on cue," he said.

After matriculating from Durban High School in 1999, Neil Coppen attended Robert Mackee's Story Workshop in London in 2004, completed the South African Script Writing Institute (level 6) at the Bat Centre in 2007 and recently obtained a creative writing degree through UNISA....

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Winner
2011
Theatre

2010 theatre winner

Janni Younge has allured young and old into the world that she masterfully creates through puppetry. This year, she adds the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre 2010 to her long list of accolades. I'd also like to use the opportunity to generate awareness about the magic that can be created when different art forms are brought together," Younge said.

Before completing a master's in theatre and performance through the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2007, Younge spent time in France from 1999 to 2002 completing a Diplome d'Etat des Métiers des Arts de la Marionnette (diploma of puppetry arts) from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Arts de la Marionnette (Higher National School of...

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2010
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