Neil Coppen lives between the cities of Durban and Johannesburg where he works as a writer, director and designer. His collaborations include works with film-makers, visual-artists, writers, community-groups, sound-designers, authors, animators, choreographers and musicians.
Coppen has won several awards for his writing, acting, design and direction work. In 2011 he was named the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Drama, which was followed by the ISPA fellowship award to New York in 2012. He was included in The Mail & Guardian’s 2011 200 most influential Young South Africans list and is one of the six South African playwright’s to have been granted a staged reading at The Royal Court Theatre in London earlier this year. A chapter covering his career and inspirations was recently featured in the University text book: Theatre Directing in South Africa: Skills and Inspirations which was launched this year.