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Saturday, September 16, 2023



(Pauline Dalais. Pic by Val Adamson)

“All congratulations are due to my PA/close friend and tireless helper, Pauline Dalais,” says theatre personality Caroline Smart who runs the artSMart website.

Drama Mama founder and director, Dalais was awarded a Women to Women Empowerment Award at the Women to Women Arts Festival by WACO (Wentworth Arts & Culture Organisation). Dalais was recognised for her exemplary work and contribution to the growing and sustainability of the arts.

“She has worked with ASSITEJ for years borrowing her intellect, passion for people and sheer creativity. We honour you and this is well deserved, Mama,” says Ismail Mahomed who is the UKZN Centre for Creative Arts director and a highly regarded personality in the arts world nationwide.

In an article in the Rising Sun Merebank dated September 5, 2023, writer Keveshan Govender states: “Pauline Dalais is undoubtedly making a lasting impact on the industry and the lives she touches along the way.”

Describing her as a true powerhouse in the arts and entertainment industry, Govender continues: “Her list of accomplishments is virtually endless, ranging from being an arts administrator and artistic manager to a stage and screen actress, voice artist, and casting director.

“With a passion for her craft and a dedication to making a positive impact in the world, Dalais has truly become a force to be reckoned with.

“Currently, Dalais is involved in several projects simultaneously. She is the KZN co-ordinator for the Social Employment Fund (SEF) Project, working hard to create employment opportunities.

Additionally, she is the founder and director of Drama Mama Community Arts, a Newlands East-based organisation focused on using art for social change. The organisation also provides therapeutic healing through arts programs for traumatised children and youth, further demonstrating Dalais’ commitment to making a difference.”