Janni's work has been performed locally and internationally winning awards including the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Theatre, three Fleur Du Cap Theatre Awards and four other nominations. From 2005-2011 she was CEO of UNIMA SA (South African Puppetry), director of Out The Box festival of puppetry and Artistic Director of Sogo Visual Theatre. She has created and directed puppetry for artists and companies including the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Bristol Old Vic.
From January 2011 to 2014 she was Director and Associate Director of Handspring Puppet Company. She created and directed Ouroboros which toured extensively in South Africa, France, Belgium and India from 2011-2013. She also worked in the War Horse puppet studio and directed revivals of William Kentridge’s Woyzeck on the Highveld and Ubu and the Truth Commission.
Janni is a graduate of the French National School of Puppet Theatre, has a B.A. in Fine Art and an M.A. in Theatre from the University of Cape Town.
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