The Kennedy Center

Mannie Manim


Co-founder of the Market Theatre, Mannie Manim has been involved in theater for 57 years, lighting and producing in South Africa and internationally for more than 40 years.
Mr. Manim's lighting highlights include The Tempest, Noah of Cape Town, District Six The Musical, and Ouroboros (Baxter); Nothing But the Truth; Carmen and The Mysteries (Spier); The Magic Flute; The Island; Sizwe Banzi is Dead; Sarafina; Asinamali; Woza Albert (Market Theatre); Show Boat and Porgy and Bess (Artscape); Out the Box; and Solomon and Marion. He has lit every first production of an Athol Fugard play in South Africa since 1976 and produced most of them.

Mr. Manim's accolades include the Shirley Moss Award for the Greatest Practical and Technical Contribution to South African Theatre (1980); South African Institute of Technology Award for Outstanding Achievement as Technician, Administrator, and Lighting Designer (1981); first Vita Award for the Most Enterprising Producer (1985); and 10 Vita Awards for Best Lighting Design. He was made Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French Government (1990) and received a Gold Medal from the Simon van der Stel Foundation (1995); a Gold Medal for Theatre Development from the South African Academy of Arts and Science (1996); a Naledi Lifetime Achievement Award (2004); a Fleur du Cap Lifetime Achievement Award; Arts and Culture Trust Lifetime Achievement Award; the National Order of Ikhamanga, Silver (2011); and a Fleur du Cap Award for Best Lighting Design (2012).

Current as of March 2014
Mannie Manim