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TRIBUTE TO PROFESSOR SNEDDON (article first published : 2005-12-1)

It was with sadness and many nostalgic memories that the staff members of the Durban Institute of Technology: Department of Drama Studies reminisced after learning of the passing of Professor Elizabeth Sneddon.

This is a loss to the Theatre Community and Drama Education in this country. Professor Sneddon was vocal in her support of our conservatory-styled Department during a period when Drama Departments were facing rationalisation.

Many of our current or former staff were indeed fortunate to begin careers under her supervision and all these academics speak fondly of this great theatrical icon. Professor Sneddon's courage and dedication to the world of Speech and Drama, her loyalty to the craft and the artists, and her bold initiatives in communications caused national ripples as well as profound local ones.

As a former recipient of the Elizabeth Sneddon Eisteddfod Bursary for schools, her impact on me personally proved both indirect and direct. Professor Sneddon was kind enough to send me a note recently praising my contribution to theatre and encouraging me to continue to forge new pathways. This note was typical of the time and effort she gave to theatrical practitioners and educators, and these kind words provided me with renewed energy and determination.

I have always felt an affinity with this Doyenne of the theatre world as I share both her passion for theatre and training young people as well as her birthday. Professor Sneddon provided a beacon of light in Durban and therefore I hope her legacy will continue in us all.

Debbie Lutge, Head of Department, Department of Drama Studies, Durban Institute of Technology




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