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Saturday, January 1, 2022


It is with great pleasure that the Board of The Naledi Theatre Awards announce the judging panels for the 2022 year in review, which will commence on January 1, 2022, and run until December 31, 2022.

On the back of two incredibly difficult years, where the South African Arts Community has pulled together and shown the country what they are made of, theatre practitioners have created works in incredibly difficult circumstances.

“The Naledi Awards are looking forward to an incredibly busy and fulfilling year ahead and are quite optimistic to recognize and reward excellence in theatre – in line with the vision and honouring the legacy of Naledi Founder, the late Dawn Lindberg” said Lihan Pretorius, Naledi CEO and Executive Director. “Primarily, we are looking forward to a year of theatre, innovation and hopefully a return to a semblance of normality in our decimated industry,” echoed Naledi Chairperson, Kgomotso Christopher.

Director: Judging Panels, Renos Spanoudes, added that “The 2020/21 panels have been reviewed and following a call for new applications, the panels for 2022 are truly representative of the theatre industry. The Naledi Theatre Awards are excited by the incredible diversity and breadth of theatrical knowledge that the newly constituted judging panels represent.”

As the industry slowly opens up, the Naledis are also very happy to announce that the Awards Ceremony for the combined years in review of 2020 and 2021 (as a singular judging cycle) will take place during May, 2022, with the nomination announcements to be made by the end of February, 2022.

The full list of the Naledi Executive Team and judging panels have been elected and confirmed as follows:


Naledi Board Of Directors 2022

Kgomotso Christopher (Chair); Sello Maake Ka Ncube (Deputy Chair); Lihan Pretorius (CEO / Executive Director: Legal); Des Lindberg (Executive Director: Technical); Renos Spanoudes (Director: Judging Panels); Chris Avant Smith (Director: Public Relations, Strategy and Marketing), and Anthony Chait (Consultant: Finance, Audit and Risk)


Management Committee

Lihan Pretorius (CEO / Legal; Renos Spanoudes – Judging Panels and related matters); Chris Avant Smith (Strategy and Sponsorships), and Dayle Littlefield (Administrative Manager)

Publicist 2022: TBC

Awards Nominations And -Winners Voting Auditor(S)

Marno Coetzer C.A. (SA)

Plays and Musical Theatre 2022

Gregory Goss (Convenor); AJ Opperman; Alby Michaels; Annelize Hicks; Chris Avant Smith; Johan van der Merwe; Lance Maron; Lihan Pretorius; Maralin Vanrenen; Marié-Heleen Coetzee; Nita Cronjé; Ntambo Rapatla; Obett Motaung; Renos Spanoudes; Sibongile Mngoma; Taryn Henning; Tebogo Ditinti; Thabiso Tshabalala, and Thea Gafin

Dance, Physical Theatre And Ballet 2022

Ignatius Van Heerden (Convenor); Debbie Rakusin; Kelsey Middleton; Owen Lonzar, and Sonia Radebe

Independent- / Fringe Theatre 2022

Chet Diepraam (Convenor); Gillian Wittstock; Gregg Pettigrew; Lehlohonolo Peega; Lesego Moalafi, and Thamsanqa Mbongo

Tertiary- / Incubator Theatre 2022

Johan van der Merwe (Convenor); Lihan Pretorius; Lungile Themba; Ratanang Mogotsi; Renos Spanoudes, and Thabiso Tshabalala

Children’s Theatre (Supported By Assitej) 2022

Thea Gafin (Convenor); Chubeka Nongwana; Darren Meltz; Ratanang Mogotsi; Shira Milstein, and Tsholofelo Shounyane


For more information contact Chris Avant Smith on, or call or Whatsapp: 0610609257