Award-winning South African actor, Sihle Shona Mnqwazana, internationally known for his talented performance in the critically acclaimed play, The Fall (2016), which he co-wrote, was influenced both by the Fees Must Fall and Black Lives Matter movements. The production received the Scotsman’s Fringe First award for 'Outstanding New Writing' and was shortlisted for an Amnesty International Award for Human Rights. The play became the New York Times critic's choice (2018), and the longest-running South African political play since Sarafina! which cemented Sihle's place as one of the most exciting young theatre voices in the world.
This rising South African star has been in other successful plays like Edward Albee’s The Goat or who Sylvia? and Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa!
Born in Gauteng and raised in the Eastern Cape, Sihle first appeared on the Cape Town stage at the Baxter Theatre and also on South African television in Isikizi S2 before making his name in feature film. Among Mnqwazana’s on-screen appearances are, The Lifesaver (2018); Rage (2020); Bulletproof S3; and Jiva! (2021). Notably, in 2020 he featured as a lead in Amy Lilley’s No Show music video.
Sihle is passionate about storytelling and arts education, which he facilitates through his company, 'Age of the Artist'. He works closely with young kids and outer city youth in Cape Town and Gauteng through PRAESA and STEP. Occasionally he also coaches acting students at the University of Cape Town’s theatre & performance department, where he holds an honours degree in acting.
- Helen Hayes Awards, nomination for “Outstanding Visiting Production”
- Naledi Theatre Awards, nomination for “Best Ensemble”
- The Stage UK, “Acting” award for THE FALL cast, 70th Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- The Scotsman “Fringe First” award for THE FALL writers, 70th Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- THE FALL shortlisted for the Amnesty International “Freedom of Expression” award, 70th Edinburgh Fringe Festival
- 52nd Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards, “Special Encore” award for THE FALL, Cape Town 2016