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Saturday, December 27, 2008


CityVarsity Cape Town’s line-up of directors for their Advanced Acting Course 2009 includes two former Durbanites.

CityVarsity Cape Town has announced the line-up of directors for their Advanced Acting Course 2009.

Throughout the year, all registered students will be eligible to take part in movies shot by CityVarsity’s Film Department. In 2009, three of these are to be full-length feature films which will be screened nationally at festivals around the country. AAC actors will also have the opportunity of performing in a 20-part television series to be shot on location in Cape Town during the first semester. Auditions for this project will take place during the first term. While many of the AAC acting projects focus on screen acting, actors are also afforded the opportunity to hone their theatrical skills in a number of live productions directed by some of the country’s leading theatre practitioners.

These multi-talented actor/director former Durbanite Grant Swanby who will workshop an original play to be staged at the Grahamstown Festival in July. All actors registered for the full-time course will take part in the production, which will offer exposure on a national platform at the country’s most prestigious arts festival. The play will also be staged at the Arena Theatre in Cape Town after the festival.

Also formerly from Durban will be Stunt Showcase: Director - Sensei Thulani Ndlovu. The award winning actor, choreographer, dancer, martial arts expert and one of the country’s leading stunt co-ordinators, will conduct an intensive four week stunt-training programme which will culminate in a stunt-oriented performance. The final show will be shot on digital camera and made available to the actors for show reel purposes.

Other directors include Jori Snell (Exploring Grotowski); Shirley Johnston (Multi-camera Acting Project), and Evert Lombaert (Original Short Film)

Entrance requirements for the Advanced Acting Course: a diploma or degree in performance or a minimum of two years’ training at a recognised institution or two years’ professional experience. Applicants may be required to audition. Places are limited.

For further information, contact Werner Marx on 021 488 2000 or Shirley Johnston on email: or visit