This category honours women who push the boundaries of the genre and create new and exciting theatre performances of high standards. It also celebrates those who relentlessly and successfully promote this genre.

Linda Bukhosini

Linda Bukhosini attained a Masters in Opera Performance from the New York Juilliard School in 2002. She has been the CEO and Artistic Director of  The Playhouse Company in Durban since 2003 where she oversees a full and innovative programme for the theatre and has kept up the Playhouse's tradition of hosting the South African Women's Arts Festival. This festival takes place annually during women's month, profiling women's theatre and women's issues. She has continued to perform as a singer in concerts for some of South Africa's icons as well as to go on international tours

Princess Zinzi Mhlongo

Princess Zinzi Mhlongo is the winner of the 2012 Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year Award for Theatre and has achieved much. Her big break came in 2008 when she got the chance to direct Zakes Mda's 'And the Girls in their Sunday Dresses' at the State Theatre in Pretoria, a show which then went to Grahamstown, the Market Theatre and to Edinburgh. She was one of only four young international directors at the Salzburg Young Directors Project in Austria where she made her writing debut.

Thembi Mtshali-Jones

Thembi Mtshali-Jones started her career with a part in Umabatha and from then on performance became a permanent part of her life. With a few other artists she formed Freedom Singers and travelled around the world making the world aware of what was happening in South Africa.  In South Africa she joined the stable of protest theatre at the Market Theatre creating songs and plays telling true stories of the people in South Africa.  At age 61, Thembi has a long list of musicals, plays, movies, television dramas that she has given her creative gift to and is a co-founder of Spirit Sister Productions.