Kanya Viljoen graduated cum laude from the University of Cape Town with a specialisation in Theatre and Performance. Recently, Kanya completed her MA in Practice as Research as an Andrew W Mellon scholar and graduated with distinction. She is a founding member of Unusual Bones, an interdisciplinary creative company working in both film, theatre and performance art. Kanya has received numerous awards, bursaries and nominations for her work as a writer, director and performer in both theatre and film. This includes the KykNet Fiësta for Best Upcoming Artist; SA Theatre Magazine’s Best Emerging Director Award; Best Director at New Renaissance Film Festival, Jozi Film Festival and winning the Silver Screen award for her short film at Cannes YDA Awards.