Coaches

Grant Swanby

Program Manager

Grant has spent the last 20 years working professionally in the entertainment industry, concentrating on acting in film, television and stage.

Alison Hofer

Academic Head

Alison Hofer has been working in the Television and Theatre industry for 25 years as an actress, presenter, director and writer both in South Africa and New Zealand, as well as having many top international clients.

Nicola Hanekom

Coach

Nicola Hanekom studied drama at the University of Cape Town and has been a freelance actress, director and writer for the past twenty years.

Tamryn Speirs

Coach

Tamryn is a professional film and theatre actress. She has recently ventured into directing for television, co-directing five pilots for Table of Friends productions.

Sipumziwe Lucwaba

Coach

Sipumziwe Lucwaba is a Cape Town based improviser and entertainer. He studied at UCT and, while there, began working as a presenter at UCT radio.

Christa Schamberger and Digby Young

Coach

South Africa’s leading Feature Film and Television Casting Directors, based in Gauteng and Cape Town. Christa and Digby teach the Auditioning for Camera Express Course at ACT.

Daniel Barnett

Coach

Daniel has acted in over 20 plays and in over 30 commercials, worked extensively as a voice-over artist, and had a few supporting roles in TV films and docu-dramas.

Denise Newman

Coach

Denise has been a professional actor for more than 30 years. Starting out at the Space Theatre gave her the opportunity to create complex characters.

Meg Rickards

Coach

Meg Rickards most recently directed the feature film Tess, about a Cape Town sex worker. Prior to that, she co-directed the award-winning documentary feature 1994: the bloody miracle.

Robyn Scott

Coach

Robyn Scott is an International Award winning actor,in 2013 at the Edinburgh Festival she won Best Actress for her role of 86 year old Rosa Kaplowitz in Nicholas Spagnolettis’ London Road.

Matthew Kalil

Coach

Matthew Kalil has spent the last few years directing and writing independent short films, feature films and television shows, as well as exploring an interest in video art.

Carishma Basday

Coach

Carishma Basday is a professional actress, dancer and model. The dynamic starlet has always had a penchant for the limelight.

Bruce Young

Coach

Bruce spent 10 years working as an actor in South Africa and the USA before moving into the production end of the film business in Los Angeles for 5 years.

Rob Coutts

Coach

Rob Coutts is a Capetonian actor, musician and voice artist who holds a BA in Live Performance from AFDA. He has performed in musicals, plays, TV shows and films.

Robyn Young

Coach

Robyn Young is a personal and professional branding coach, writer and speaker. Her personal branding skills come from an understanding that in every sense, branding is a promise of value.