Sylvaine Strike


Sylvaine is dedicated to nurturing young performers, designers and stage managers, encouraging them to showcase themselves within the work that she produces.  Her established position in the South African Industry comes with the responsibility of producing theatre for a new generation, a challenge she is very passionate about.

Sylvaine Strike’s work has moved hearts and minds since her first break- through at the National Arts Festival in 2002, when she directed and co-devised the runaway success Baobabs Don’t Grow Here. From these humble beginnings, critically acclaimed work continued to follow, earning her a list of award winning productions including: Black and Blue, The Travellers, Coupé, The Butcher Brothers, and The Table and more recently The Miser, Tobacco, CARGO:Precious, Agreed. She has also most recently directing Miss Dietrich Regrets and Travels Around My Room, both in 2015.

Sylvaine was awarded the Standard Bank Young Artist for Drama in 2006, which re-enforced her role as the Artistic Director of the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company. The Miser which won her the Naledi Best Director Award 2012, and Best Production of a Play 2012, put her on the map as a contemporary director capable of realizing inspired, re-imagined classical work.

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 Tobacco and the Harmful Effects Thereof. Sylvaine received the prestigious honour of being selected as the Featured Artist 2014 for the National Arts Festival.

From May to July 2016, Sylvaine had the joy of working alongside IFAS and the Alliance Française to devise a play in commemoration of the centenary of World War 1. She created the acclaimed piece, Devil’s Wood, which played in the Holocaust Centres of Johannesburg and Durban and at the Lycée Français in Cape Town. 

Tartuffe is her 3rd Collaboration with IFAS and the Alliance Francaise in South Africa.