Tony Bonani Miyambo


Artist in Residence, Theatre

Tony Bonani Miyambo is a BA (Dramatic Arts) Graduate from the University of the Witwatersrand. He currently works as a freelancer in the television and theatre industries and is an Artist in Residence at the Centre for the Humanities Research at the University of the Western Cape.

Over his career, Tony has been part of numerous theatre productions, some of which have toured all over the world. His body of work includes acclaimed solo performances The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri, Commission Continua, and Kafka’s Ape, which has won the 

  • 2015 Silver Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival
  • 2017 NHISS Best Public Performance Award
  • 2019 Outstanding Performance Award at The Prague Fringe Festival
  • 2019 Best Satire Award at the United Solo Festival in New York
  • 2020 Best Theatre Award for week 3 at the Fringe Word festival
  • 2020 Graham F. Smith Peace Foundation Award at the Adelaide Fringe Festival

Kafka’s Ape was performed at Gugu S’thebe in Langa for the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes (CHCI) annual meeting in 2017, which was hosted by the Centre for Humanities Research.

Tony was also awarded the 2012 Brett Goldin Award and studied with the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford Upon Avon, UK.

Over the years Tony has also steadily built a career in the South African Television industry as a producer, writer, and director. He has worked for various production companies for properties across formats, from variety shows to long-form drama.

Related News


In the Press: Tony Bonani Miyambo

CHR Artist in Residence Tony Bonani Miyambo confronts the momentous challenges facing theatre makers with his solo show Commission Continua, performed online for the 2021 National Arts Festival.

Worldings: A Virtual Conference

Join CHR Artist in Residence Tony Bonani Miyambo at Wordings: A Virtual Conference for “The Collapse: Creative Liberation of Collective Making” on 10 July 2021.

Commission Continua

CHR Artist in Residence Tony Bonani Miyambo performs Commission Continua for the 2021 National Arts Festival Experience.

Hamlet, Live and In Progress

CHR Artists in Residence Buhle Ngaba and Tony Bonani Miyambo are set to perform a live reading of Neil Coppen’s adaptation of Shakespeare’s Hamlet as part of KKNK 2021.

Kafka’s Ape in A KAFKA MOMENT

CHR Artist in Residence Tony Bonani Miyambo will be performing the award-winning Kafka’s Ape on 22 and 23 April 2021.

Tony Miyambo On Tour

CHR Artist in Residence Tony Miyambo is on tour performing Kafka’s Ape and The Cenotaph of Dan Wa Moriri.

The CHR fellowship programme will continue in 2021 primarily through online platforms. Regulations permitting, the CHR plans to host limited live events in compliance with current COVID-19 protocols. Please follow our events page for updates about seminars, workshops, and arts events.

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