Welcome to Act Cape Town

As an actor, learning is never over and you have never arrived! There is always something more to learn and achieve. The career of an actor is a lonely and courageous journey. Opportunities to hone your craft often only occur when you are thrust on set and then the learning curve is steep. In-between these opportunities, where does one go to continue to grow and be inspired as an actor? It was out of this need that Act Cape Town was born in 2005.

In line with our commitment to quality education for our actors, Act Cape Town made the decision to accredit the school, and in April 2013 was granted provisional registration as a private higher education institution with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

The accreditation process inspired our team to rethink how our passion and vision would now be translated into excellent acting for film training. The result is a shared commitment to upholding Act Cape Town as the leading acting for film school in Southern Africa.

Mission Statement

We are committed to lifelong learning

Sharing good practice as actors come together to learn and grow

Raising standards of achievement in the profession

Training, supporting and inspiring actors

Our dynamic curriculum is based upon the techniques developed by master coaches in New York and LA.

Hands-on Training

It is our belief that you learn the craft of acting through “doing”. Classes are experiential, providing students with an intensive practical training, ensuring they are ready to meet the exact demands of the industry.

Small Classes

Our small classes allow for individual attention and a safe space for discovery and creative expression.

Annual Showcase

An annual showcase evening provides our actors with the opportunity to showcase their acting work on the BIG SCREEN to invited guests and industry professionals.

Business Materials

At the conclusion of their studies, actors will obtain the following business materials which are essential for their careers as professional actors: a selection of professionally edited projects to be utilized for show-reel and promotional purposes; an effective career strategy; acting head-shot and CV.

  • The industry is tough and we believe in preparing our actors for the ‘real world’.
  • Through establishing ongoing affiliations and accreditation, we ensure that our actors are exposed to programs that are industry relevant, internationally recognized and which deliver graduates with an accredited qualification.
  • Act Cape Town is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training until 31 December 2021 as a Private Higher Education Institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997, Registration certificate No.2013/HEO7/002.
  • Accreditation by the Council on Higher education (CHE) for the Higher Certificate: Acting for Film.
  • Accreditation by the Council on Higher education (CHE) for the Advanced Certificate: Acting for Film.
  • Act Cape Town is affiliated with SAE Institute, offering our students the opportunity to collaborate and network with passionate film-making students.
  • Act Cape Town affords actors global connections through their affiliate schools:
  • Act Cape Town is a level 4 contributor to B-BBEE. Certificate number: EME//B-BBEE/2013/04/061. Codes of Good Practice on Black Economic Empowerment.


Act Cape Town Director - Candice Poole


While working and studying in New York, Candice discovered that studio work formed an integral part of the actor’s career.

All actors, whether professional or aspiring, belonged to a studio where they committed to weekly classes and workshops – learning and growing with others.

If they were not on set – they were in studio.

This concept of studio work appealed strongly to Candice, who as an actress in Cape Town had felt an incessant need for continual support, inspiration and training while pursuing her own career.

Candice Poole (on Right) photographed with Act Cape Town Coach, Nicola Hanekom at the Opening Night of the Act Cape Town Production “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

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