Coaches

Uga Carlini

Coach

Of Italian descent but proudly South African, multi-award winning filmmaker Uga Carlinihas fast become one of South Africa’s most versatile and celebrated directors.

Brent Palmer

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Brent Palmer is a London trained actor who has worked extensively as a playwright, actor, educator and comedian for just under twenty years.

Marlisa Doubell

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Marlisa completed her formal training at The Academy of Live & Recorded arts, Wandsworth, London, 2000. She went on to help establish a co-operative actors agency called Billboard Personal Management which still operates to this day.

Fiona du Plooy

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Fiona du Plooy is a Choreographer and Movement Director whose evocative visual style, comprehensive movement vocabulary and extensive knowledge of ballet and contemporary dance has been seen in work created for both Stage and Screen.

Kanya Viljoen

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Kanya Viljoen graduated as a Theatre and Performance student, specializing in theatre-making, with a distinction from the University of Cape Town in 2017.

Michael Kirch

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Over the years Michael has tried his hand at stand-up comedy and improvised theatre, but his heart lies with acting for stage as well as film and television.

Grant Swanby

Academic Head/Programme Manager

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

Nicola Hanekom

Senior 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

Senior 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.

Daniel Barnett

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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

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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.

Robyn Scott

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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

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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

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

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.