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Thursday, November 23, 2023


 Deadline: November 30, 2023

Billy Suter has published an important notice for a new musical theatre academy. Visit for the full article.

A taste of things to come from award-winning performer Lisa Bobbert. She is one of the founding members of Durban’s International School of Performing Arts, scheduled to open in Florida Road in February 2024. – Billy Suter

Many top theatre personalities and behind-scenes experts are linked to a new Durban tertiary musical theatre academy, International School of Performing Arts (ISPA), which is currently auditioning prospective students for a launch in February.

Longtime theatre darlings Lisa Bobbert and Aaron McIlroy, together with seasoned vocal and performance coach Des Govender and her technical and production fundi husband Anthony Govender, are the collective brainchild of this exciting new venture.

Their joint initiative has been quick to attract interest from both theatre practitioners and prospective students alike. In fact, 25 showbiz personalities are already committed to contributing their talents to empowering young performers with the necessary skills to work locally and internationally in all forms of the performing arts, as well as create and develop their own work.

Besides ISPA’s four founding members, this impressive team includes Daisy Spencer, Simone Mann, Steven Stead, Greg King, Patrick Kenny, Evan Roberts, Bryan Hiles, Shelley McLean, Marion Loudon, Roland Perold, Darren King, Mthokozisi Zulu, Cara Roberts, Jaco van Rensburg, Liesl Coppin, Clare Mortimer, Sibongiseni Sheizi, Charon Williams-Ros, Kaylee McIlroy, Lauren Machanick and Illa Thompson.

The three ISPA courses on offer, each running fulltime for a year, will be affiliated to, and examined by, representatives of the Trinity College of London.

Initially, to launch the academy, only the first-year course will be available with a maximum of 32 students accepted. Prospective students will need to audition for the limited number of places available.

The academy website offers a full breakdown on how to apply to be a student and what will be involved. To apply, visit or mail

The phone number for the school is +27 65 385 9226.

Note that online applications must be in by November 30, 2023.

For the full article visit Billy Suter’s website -