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Thulani Nzonzo

1 - Silver Contemporary                                      

1 - Silver Acting Dramatic                                     

1 - Silver Acting TV                                                

1 - Silver Acting Open                                            

1 - Industry Award                                                

1 Scholarship                                                  

 

Thulani Nzonzo is an 18 year student at Saint George’s College in Harare, Zimbabwe. He is a Public Speaker ( ‘Saints’ Inter-schools representative for the past 3 years) and a toastmaster. He has performed poetry, Shakespearean Sonnets and Monologues, Mime and Improvisation at the National Allied Arts Speech and Drama festival achieving 13 Honours and 4 trophies over the years, including best Intermediate All-Rounder (2015).

His passion for theatre was evident from the age of 7 when he took to the stage as the ‘Wizard’ in “Puss in Boots”. The one liner ‘Are you a cat or a Wizard in disguise?’ ably demonstrated to him and his audience that ‘There are no small roles, only small actors’. He was fascinated with all things visual and by age 11 had created an animation series called “Wormy”. (episode 1 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wj-ie-isCEA )

His dedication to theatre, however, soon took over and he began to appear on larger stages; starting with the pantomimes “Babes in the Wood”;  minor role: ‘Goblin’ and “Peter Pan” ; supporting actor: ‘Slightly’ ( Reps Theatre  2011 and 2012 respectively.)

As a junior aged 14, he won his first senior trophy, ‘The Caritas Senior Poetry Cup’, at the National Institute of Allied Arts for his performance of “Run Black Man Run” by Daniel Beaty   

( https://www.facebook.com/chipo.nzonzo/videos/10151766519514750/?l=5704216215301556794 )    

In the same year he received Honours for his script and performance as part of a comic duo News reading (https://www.facebook.com/chipo.nzonzo/videos/10151785163949750/?l=5510386995153089686)

His award winning* performance as lead ‘Harry Milne’ (Dead Man Talking) back at Reps Theatre in 2013, was enough to convince St Georges College to Cast him in the role of ‘Petrucchio’(Shakespeare’s “Taming of the Shrew”) in 2014. Later that same year he was back at Reps Theatre  playing  lead ‘Jack Worthing’ in “ The Importance to Being Earnest.”

*N.I.A.A : Tomlinson Quiach Cup for Best Monologue

*AFDIS: Repteens Award  “Bartlet Comedy Cup”)

Harry Milne excerpt N.I.A.A: ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xkztawlgQI)

 By 2015, he had expanded to an even larger stage ; HIFA (Harare Festival of International Arts) , acting as ‘Theseus’ in “ A Mid Summer Nights Dream”, yet still found time to return Reps Theatre Upstairs to play the role of  ‘Gerald Croft’  in “An Inspector Calls”.

In 2016 he featured as ‘Verges’ in the British Embassy’s production of “Much Ado About Nothing” , a role for which he received critical acclaim. (http://www.zimbojam.com/thulani-nzonzo-lighting-zimbabwean-stage/)

In the same year he directed a short film for his school service project 

• L’Arche ‘After the Rainbow’: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FVRnu7dDRc&t=27s)                     

which won 2nd prize at the Zimbabwe International Film Festival Short film festival in October 2016.

He had, prior to that, directed and produced a High School talent show to raise awareness and funds for L’Arche Zimbabwe. 

His awareness and advertising campaign included a short promotional advert in which he played two different characters. This quickly went viral on the Whatsapp.  platform and led to a large turnout at the talent show which managed to raise just over $950 for the charity.

• High Schools Got Talent Ad: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6QxxCFe3oYk)

Continuing with his first love (acting) he featured in 3 school productions last year (minor role in “ Phantom of the Auditorium” , lead in “Harvey” and narrator in “Xmas in Africa” ) as well as playing various roles in Reps produced “Pieces of Shakespeare”, (http://www.sundaymail.co.zw/if-you-love-shakespeare-watch-this/) which earned him a nomination for Best Actor in a Supporting Role at the Reps AFDIS  Annual Awards; 2016.

This active young man somehow found the time to perform at Pettina Gappah and Paula Hawkins  book launch  (https://www.facebook.com/petinagappah/videos/10154478169834262/)  as well as script and direct his first full length play “Oh! When the Saints...”, showcased on the 25th and 26th of November 2016. This was a first for Saint George’s  College and led to the creation of the position of "Drama Captain" which had previously not existed.

• “Oh! When the Saints...”: (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti_6dzOE4X8)

  Poster design: Thulani Nzonzo

It earned him a Certificate of Commendation (Theatrical Advancement) at the AFDIS Awards for his work in Drama. 

He is currently in rehearsals for The Dominican Convent’s  2017 production of  “Chicago” and is preparing the 6 pieces he hopes to showcase in July at The World Championship of Performing Arts as part of the team representing Zimbabwe.