Sylvaine Strike

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Sylvaine Strike
NationalitySouth African
Alma materUniversity of Cape Town

Sylvaine Strike is a South African actress, writer and theatre director based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Early life[edit]

Strike was born in Pretoria.[citation needed] She studied at the University of Cape Town and graduated with a degree in drama in 1993. Strike studied further from 1998 to 2000 in Paris at Jacques LeCoq School where completed a two year diploma with a focus in mime and clown.[1][2][3]



Strike is the current artistic director of Fortune Cookie Theatre, which she co-founded in 2000.[4] With Fortune Cookie Theatre, Strike has directed such shows as Molière's The Miser (2012) and Tartuffe (2017)[5] and the Chekhov-adaptation, Tobacco and the Harmful Effects Thereof (2016).[6] In 2004, Strike co-created the show Black and Blue with other members of Fortune Cookie, which she also starred in.[2] In 2015, Fortune cookie remounted the production.[7]

Outside of Fortune Cookie Theatre, Strike has directed shows such as Miss Dietrich Regrets (2015),[8] DOP (2019),[9] and ECLIPSED (2019).[10] Strike also assisted in adapting the story of Snow White into Snow White - The Ballet for Joburg Ballet in 2017.[11]

Film and television[edit]

Strike has appeared in such films as District 9 (2009).[12] Strike has had roles on television shows like Those Who Can't,[13] Black Sails,[14] Mad Dogs, and The Hot Zone.[15]


Strike was awarded the Rosalie van den Gucht Best New Director in 2004.[citation needed] In 2006, Strike was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama. In 2010, she was one of twenty-five nominees for the Rolex Mentor Protégé Arts Initiative.[16]

Strike won the Fleur du Cap Best Director Theatre Award for her acclaimed production of Samuel Beckett's Endgame for the Baxter Theatre Centre, Cape Town. Endgame was also awarded Best Production and Best Actor.[citation needed]

As a performer Strike has won the Naledi Best Actress Award 2004 and 2006 for her roles in Black and Blue and Coupé. She has further been nominated in the Best Director category at the Naledi, Fleur du Cap and Woordfees Awards 2016 for her direction of the critically acclaimed plays Tobacco and Dop. The Miser won her the Naledi Best Director Award 2012 and Best Production of a Play 2012.[citation needed]

In 2011, Strike's production of Butcher Brothers was awarded the Naledi Award for Best-Cutting Edge Production.[17] In 2014, Strike was recognized as the Featured Artist at the National Arts Festival in South Africa. As featured artist, Strike worked the arts festival committee to create a retrospective of her work.[18] Strike was awarded a 2017 SAFTA in the category Best Supporting Actress - TV Comedy for her work on the show Those Who Can't.[13] Strike was nominated for a Kanna Award for her direction of DOP in 2017.[19]

Strike was awarded the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres in 2018 for her contribution to the performing arts.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Sylvaine Strike receives France's top cultural award". French Embassy in South Africa | Ambassade de France en Afrique du Sud. 2020-03-31. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  2. ^ a b Middeke, Martin; Schnierer, Peter Paul; Homann, Greg, eds. (2015). The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary South African Theatre. Bloomsbury. p. 81. ISBN 978-1-4081-7671-9 – via Google Books.
  3. ^ Morkel, Toni (2010-01-01). "An interview with Sylvaine Strike". South African Theatre Journal. 24 (1): 201–208. doi:10.1080/10137548.2010.9687929. ISSN 1013-7548. S2CID 178577079.
  4. ^ "About". Fortune Cookie Theatre Company. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  5. ^ Krueger, Anton (2019). "Revolutionary Trends at the South African National Arts Festival". In Eckersall, Peter; Grehan, Helena (eds.). The Routledge Companion to Theatre and Politics. Routledge. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-203-73105-5.
  6. ^ Stones, Lesley (2016-02-15). "Review: Tobacco, and the Harmful Effects Thereof". Daily Maverick. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  7. ^ Taylor, Victoria (2015-10-01). "Black and Blue returns to Jozi". Alex News. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  8. ^ Sassen, Robyn (2015-06-16). "Underneath the star quality of Marlene Dietrich". The Mail & Guardian. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  9. ^ "DOP, a mesmerising tale of an ordinary man". Bedfordview Edenvale News. 2019-12-29. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  10. ^ BWW News Desk (2019-10-02). "Mental Health Awareness Takes Centre Stage At The Market Theatre". Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  11. ^ Ferreira, Pinto (2017-09-20). "'Snow White': a ballet spectacle". Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  12. ^ "District 9". Dove Family Friendly Movie Reviews. 2009-08-14. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  13. ^ a b MorneJK (2017-03-19). "Stars descend on SAFTAs red carpet: Here are the winners". Jacaranda FM. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  14. ^ "Julianna Margulies on outbreak thriller The Hot Zone, filmed in SA". Screen Africa. 2020-02-17. Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  15. ^ The Hot Zone (TV Mini-Series 2019) - IMDb, retrieved 2020-07-06
  16. ^ Hoho, Busisiwe (2020-06-21). "Sylvaine strikes again with The Butcher Brothers". Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  17. ^ de Beer, Diane (2011-03-08). "Top of the theatre charts". Retrieved 2020-06-25.
  18. ^ SABC News (2014-04-04). "Sylvaine Strike named as the Featured Artist on the 2014 National Arts Festival programme". Youtube. Retrieved 2020-06-24.
  19. ^ "A Conversation with Sylvaine Strike". Sarafina Magazine. 2017-04-20. Retrieved 2020-06-25.

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