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Joanna Evans

M.A. '17

Joanna Evans

Joanna is a theatre maker, performer and playwright from Cape Town, specializing in devised and physical theatre. She has created a number of original productions, including ‘The Year of the Bicycle’, ‘King Kong What What’ and ‘Four Small Gods’. She also started up South Africa’s first theatre for early years company, which creates performance for children under four. Her plays have toured nationally as well as to festivals in Italy, Germany, Iran and Réunion, and she has been a performer in residence for the African Talent Network in Cameroon. 'The Year of the Bicycle' was published by Junkets Press in 2016. Joanna is particularly interested in intergenerational performance, non-human animals in performance, animacy, intersectional feminism, and post-colonial and queer theory.


New York University

Master of Arts - Performance Studies

New York, New York


University of Cape Town

Bachelor of Arts with Honors - Theatre and Performance 

Cape Town, South Africa

Awards & Distinctions

• ‘Best Emerging Voice’ (Nomination), Naledi Theatre Awards, South Africa, 2016
• Best International Performance Award, Hamedan, Iran, 2015
• Imbewu Trust Scribe Award for Playwriting, South Africa, 2014
• Standard Bank Silver Ovation Award, South African National Arts Festival, 2013
• Most Promising Student Director Award, South African National Arts Festival, 2012