Obituary: Yvonne Banning

10 August 2009

Yvonne BanningUCT lecturer, mentor and former broadcaster Yvonne Banning (65) died on 6 July.

Banning earned her LTCL BA (Hons) and UED at the University of KwaZulu-Natal and her master's at the University of the Witwatersrand before coming to UCT. She joined UCT in July 1992 and was a senior lecturer at UCT's Department of Drama, teaching across a range of theoretical and practical courses, with a focus on contemporary South African work and voice. Her research interests included community theatre-making and women in theatre.

Liz Mills of the UCT Drama Department pays tribute: "It is with deep sadness that I pass on the news that Yvonne passed away quickly, painlessly and peacefully, with her children at her bedside.

"Yvonne, as her students know, was inspiring and deeply nurturing of individual creativity. Some of the finest postgraduate writing produced in this department was crafted under her supervision. She tirelessly supported postgraduate work, and particularly the people in the work, no matter how big or small the project."

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