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Previous Winners
of the Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voices Award

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Sonia Thandazile Radebe (2016)

Sonia a dynamic choreographer who is also recipient of the 2017 Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance. The Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award recognizes her fierceness, feistiness and her absolute passion for movement that is driven by a sense of dramaturgy. Sonia will present a show to be confirmed later this year at the Market Theatre.

Dominique Khayelihle Gumede – 2015

Playwright, director both on television and theatre, Dominique Khayelihle Gumede was awarded the Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award to celebrate his  passion for writing narratives and his sense for shaping biographies. Dominique adapted and directed Crepuscule, a Can Themba short story. Dominique is now considered to be one of the most sought after young theatre practitioners. He won the Naledi Best Director award for Crepuscule. The production was presented on the main programme at the National Arts Festival in 2016.

Lulu Mlangeni – 2014

South African dancer and choreographer, Lulu Mhlangeni, was awarded the inaugural  Sophie Mgcina Emerging Voice Award to recognize the dynamic strides that she was making in her field as both a choreographer and teacher. Lulu created Page 27 as her award presentation. The production went on to perform at the Afrovibes Festival in Den Haag, Amsterdam. Lulu is a senior dance facilitator, teacher and Creative assistant at Vuyani Dance Theatre.