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Monday, January 18, 2021


(Steven Stead)

Top South African theatre director Steven Stead is offering online acting coaching.

Steven Stead is a multi-award winning, widely-praised theatre director with over 30 years of experience in the professional industry, and a wealth of national and international experience directing plays, musicals and operas. He holds an Honours degree in Drama (cum laude) from the University of Natal (now UKZN), and for eight years was a Senior Staff Director at the English National Opera in London. Currently, he is the Executive Director of KickstArt Theatre, Durban’s top theatre company.

In 2020, he began a highly successful series of online, one-on-one acting coaching sessions, in response to the limitations imposed on the live theatre industry by the Corona-19 pandemic. After a break over the Festive Season, he will be resuming online coaching at the end of January 2021.

What Stead's past students have to say about their time with him:

“A thoroughly educational and enlightening experience that leaves you feeling supported and prepared for what the world has to offer!” - Madison Opland, 16 years old, Eden College

"These acting classes were exactly what I needed in preparation for my matric drama practical finals and I received so much invaluable advice." -Sarah Donkin, 17 years old, Reddam House

"My online acting lessons with Steven were the highlight of my week!" - Keryn Lynne Scott, 16 years old, Westville Girls High School

“There may be many great coaches, but there is only one Steven Stead... a truly special experience."- Carl Oosthuisen, 17 years old, Reddam House

“My sessions with Steven were nothing short of incredible. From classic texts to contemporary comedy, each lesson was its own journey with Steven oozing knowledge on theory, text analysis and physical techniques. My passion for performance was re-ignited and fuelled in each 45 minute session.” - Amy Russell

These sessions are aimed at improving acting, or public speaking, by giving young drama students and budding young professionals the opportunity to work in detail on monologues or even songs, prepare for exams or auditions, or just flex acting muscles, with a highly experienced, dedicated, professional director.

Sessions will involve the preparation and performance of set pieces, and the discussion and teaching of acting techniques specifically for live theatre. The sessions will not be syllabus oriented, nor is there any sort of qualification awarded. This is a process-based, personally tailored series of masterclasses with a professional director. The work will consist of practical work, acting theory, warm-ups, textual analysis, vocal technique, physicality, and character.

Those interested in booking sessions with Stead or finding out more about the procedure and pricing, email him at:

For more information on KickstArt Theatre visit