Awards Ceremony at the Cradle of Creativity

The ASSITEJ Awards Ceremony was held on Friday, May 26th, and was an opportunity to acknowledge the pioneers and leaders working in the field who have made significant contributions to Theatre for Young Audiences. 

To honour and celebrate all their accomplishments, awardees were presented with certificates, as well as ‘Heart Maps’ created by young people from Lalela, a local Educational Arts group. The awards were presented alongside speeches from Ms Rosemary Mangope (CEO of South Africa’s National Arts Council), Mr Sven Gatz (Flemish Minister for Culture, Media, Youth and Brussels Affairs) and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Schneider (Honorary President of ASSITEJ International).


The award categories and winners were as follows:

Write Local Play Global Inspirational Playwright Award 2017

Kevin Dyer (UK)
Rene Fernandez Santana (Cuba)
Suzanne Lebeau (Canada)

Artistic Excellence Award 2017

Honourable Mention: Nadezhda Alexeeva (Russia)
Winner: Mattias Andersson (Sweden)
Winner: Johan de Smet (Belgium)

Applause Award for Lifetime Achievement

Carlos Herans Diaz (Spain)
Dr Razi Amitai (Israel)
Dr Christel Hoffmann (Germany)

*Photo Credits: Dialogue and Thembile Tshuma.

Laura is a keen advocate for the Arts in Education. A graduate of the Comparative and International Education MA program at Lehigh University (Bethlehem, PA, USA), Laura’s research interests revolve around how Arts subjects, and Theatre in particular, can play a crucial role to the development of a student’s social and emotional well-being, whilst bolstering their academic attainment. Having lived in numerous places around the world, and worked to support international students in a university setting, Laura is interested in supporting global Education policy. With an avid interest in Theatre & Performance, she is delighted to be bringing her two passions together to lead on Dialogue’s Community Performance for Education work.