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Monday, January 29, 2024



This week, stakeholders and industry partners got a sneaky glimpse of the soon-to-open Durban International School of Performing Arts (ISPA), which is currently auditioning prospective students for their opening next month. ISPA is affiliated to Trinity College of London.

The initiative grew out of the Go Durban Academy and has taken inspiration from the Young Performer’s Project formed more than two decades ago by the late Themi Venturas, The ISPA studios are embedded in the Olive Tree Church complex in Durban’s Florida Road, with their own entrance in 7th Avenue.

Many of the city’s top theatre personalities and behind-scenes experts are linked to the new academy which aims to foster a passion for theatre among young people by close mentoring by theatre professionals such as Des Govender (voice); Anthony Govender (technical); Lisa Bobbert and Aaron McIlroy (performance / production) Simon Mann (dance) and Daisy Spencer (drama) among others. 

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