Win a scholarship to study musical theatre in 2016

There are few things that excite me quite as much at the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Performing Arts Scholarships competition and awards.


For the last six years DALRO and Nedbank Arts Affinity have been partnering with ACT to present scholarships to three of the six finalists in the “Triple Threat” of singing, dancing and acting.  This premium arts tuition competition is open to Grade 12 learners and individuals between the ages of 18 and 25 who are not considered professionals and wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts.

This time, for the 7th Annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Programme the search goes national.  Auditions will be held in the following regions:

30 June and 1 July: Durban (KwaZulu-Natal)
3 and 4 July: Cape Town (Western Cape)
6, 7 and 8 July: Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape)
15 July: Pretoria (Gauteng)
16 and 17 July: Johannesburg (Gauteng)
23 July: Kimberley (Northern Cape)
25 July: Bloemfontein (Free State)
28 July: Potchefstroom (North West)
30 July: Witbank (Mpumalanga)
01 August: Polokwane (Limpopo)

Participants will be put through their paces, showcasing their talents in acting, singing and dancing with an exceptional talent in at least one of these disciplines. In addition to preparing the prescribed performances, contestants will also have the opportunity to perform a monologue of their own choice.

In previous years the finals have been judged by industry greats and experts such as; Gregory Maqoma, Kim Cloete, Nthati Moshesh, Bryan Schimmel, Anton Luitingh, Yvonne Chaka Chaka and Jennis Williamson. This year’s national search will be judged by ACT’s Pieter Jacobs and Deidré Schoeman.

“Once again, DALRO is incredibly proud to be associated with this prestigious programme. Our Performing Arts industries are dependent on those who operate within them, to grow and stimulate them. We urge anyone who is capable of acting, dancing and singing to register for this year’s ACT | DALRO | NEDBANK Performing Arts Scholarships programme,” said André Cloete, Supervisor for Theatrical Rights at DALRO.

To date, since its inception six years ago, the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Programme has awarded 12 scholarships to the total value of R1,260, 000.00 This year, another three scholarships (R150 000, R105 000 and R60 000) totalling the value of R315 000 will be awarded to the top three performers.

Finalists must be available for the final round from 6 to 12 October in Johannesburg where winners will be announced and awarded the scholarships at the finale. The recipients will be at liberty to select their preferred performing arts course at any accredited South African tertiary institution.

2014 winners, Katlego Nche (R150,000) and Usisipho Nteyi (R105,000) are both registered for a National Diploma in Musical Theatre at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) and Mbasa Soga (R60,000) is registered at the University of Cape Town (UCT) for a B. Mus in Dance.

Registrations for the Scholarships Programme are open until 31 May 2015.
For more information on previous winners, finalists, guidelines and registration, visit; email  or contact the ACT office on 011 712 8403.

Good luck!


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Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
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