NATi Jong Sterre/Rising Stars Project: 2022 programme

NATi, the Jakes Gerwel Foundation, Suidoosterfees and Artscape invest in the development of the talents of upcoming playwrights though this shared project. After an intensive script-writing programme at Paulet House, the young playwrights’ work will be developed further to be premiered at the 2023 Suidoosterfees. While the Foundation covers the costs of the playwrights’ residency at Paulet House, the Suidoosterfees carries, with the support of NATi, the production fees to stage the theatre pieces. In turn, Artscape supports the theatremakers with repetition venues, costumes and technical help. The playwrights will also get the opportunity to stage extracts from their plays at the text market of the presenter of the KKNK, Kunste Onbeperk. The text market will take place at the Baxter Theatre in Cape Town. Lee-Ann van Rooi is the mentor in 2022.

We are proud of the following upcoming playwrights who are part of 2022 programme.

Curtley Pitt

Curtley Pitt was trained in acting at CityVarsity in Cape Town. Hy has performed in many theatre productions and appeared in TV series like Arendsvlei and Discovery Channel’s Investigation. He works as a voice artist for programmes dubbed into Afrikaans, and he regularly acts as MC at corporate gigs. Curtley also received training in choreography and physical theatre, and he is a budding playwright, working in Afrikaans.

Moniq Gouws

In 2019 Moniq Gouws obtained a BA degree in Language and Culture at Stellenbosch University, and she currently studies for an Honours in Drama and Theatre Studies, specialising in Creative Writing. Sy holds a certificate in Music Theatre and in 2022 she participated in Humboldt University’s summer school programme in Berlin. As an emerging playwright and director, Moniq won awards for best comedy and best musical at Stellenbosch University’s Drama Festival.

Roland du Preez

Roland du Preez is a 26-year-old queer theatre maker from Cape Town and holds an Honours degree in Theatre and Performance from UCT. He worked on stage productions in the Mother City with Philip Rademeyer, Mannie Manim and Lee-Ann van Rooi. Roland has a proclivity for freakish, gruesome theatre and he loves writing dialogue that disrupts cultural norms.

Tiffany Saterdaght

Tiffany Saterdaght is a poet, playwright, director and radio broadcaster. She endeavours to give an authentic voice to disadvantaged communities and is involved with organisations like Awehness Creative Community and Klein Karoo Connect. Tiffany served the KKNK’s Karoo Kaarte project – acknowledged with a Herrie Prize for their ground-breaking achievements at the 2022 Kanna Awards – as a researcher, facilitator, playwright and producer. The project’s stage production, Op hierdie dag, received seven Kanna nominations.

Zack Mtombeni

During his student years at the Performing Arts Lifestyle Institute (PALI), Zack Mtombeni acted in the soapie Binnelanders. Hy also appeared in the movies Vaselientjie, Jou Romeo and Ring of Lies. In 2017 Zack founded The Third Law Productions with Kaz McFadden and Lara Lourens, and in 2022 the company produced six films for kykNET. Zack played one of the lead roles in Nagval op Donkerdraai.