One of the sessions during the Acting on Screen course is presented by a director from the industry. Several sessions at the Acting on Screen Follow-up course are presented by a variety of professionals. The following leaders in their various fields, were Guest Speakers at previous Acting on Screen courses and Acting on Screen Follow-Up courses:
Director and Actor
Quentin realised his passion for directing at the age of 19. Whilst studying Drama at the University of Stellenbosch, he one day started playing around with his father’s old computer, digital video camera and some ‘primitive’ editing software.
Quentin has been involved in some of South Africa’s top film-, television- and theatre productions. His acting work includes roles in the feature film comedy Blitzpatrolie and several kykNet series, including Donkerland, Vloeksteen and Boland Moorde as well as the kykNet-shortfilm Die Buurtwag. Quentin also starred in the SABC series Swartwater. His directing credits include Television series Sterlopers, Die Boekklub,and Highrollers, as well as the feature films Ballade vir ‘n Enkeling, Vir die voëls, ‘n Ander Mens and Thys en Trix.
His directing career was preceded by work as an assistant director on several series: Donkerland, Getroud met Rugby 4, Drukkersbloed, Thomas@, Hartland, Blitzpatrollie and Wolwedans in die skemer. Quentin also gained professional experience in the industry when he worked as a producer for his self-owned company, Firestorm Productions. When he is not busy acting or directing, he enjoys his hobby as photographer.
Producer and Director
Jozua has been awarded several times for his work as a director in film and television but he started in the industry as a young producer. His passion for story telling, innovation and craft has led him to produce, direct and recently shoot successful and often award winning prime time television dramas including “Fluiters” (2016), “Bloedbroers” (2015) “Swartwater” (2014) and “Donkerland” (2013).
Returning to producing after a five year hiatus where he focussed on directing, he has produced two short films of which the latest, “Flesh of my Flesh” won best film, director, actor and screenplay at the 2016 Silwerskerm Film Festival in Cape Town as well as being part of the official selection at the Nashville International Film Festival, Cleveland International, Canne Short Film Corner and Hollyshorts in L.A.
Back in the producing saddle Jozua has various films in development and is working to produce content that allows audiences to better understand themselves or the world around them.
Director and Actor
Gerrit embarked on an acting career in theatre, but soon changed direction and distinguished himself as a theatre director. Some of the plays he directed include Somewhere on the Border (for which he was awarded the Rosalie van der Gucht price for directors in 1987), Piekniek by Dingaan (awarded with the Best of the Festival award at the Grahamstown Arts festival), Big Boys (the show garnered a Vita award), and various classics and cotemporary South African work, such as Jeanne Goosen’s Koffer in die Kas.
Gerrit appeared in several films, including Broer Matie, Sweet and Short, Matthew and The Mangler. His journey as an on-camera-actor soon inspired him to attempt his hand at directing for television, in which he found his artistic niche. Some of the series he directed include Meeulanders, Soutmansland, Plek van die Vleisvreters, Snitch, Orion and Hartland. Gerrit is also an established and well-respected director of daily dramas, including Isidingo, Villa Rosa and Binneland, where he is currently directing. In 2006 Gerrit’s contribution to Television Drama was awarded with a medal of honour from the ‘Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns’. He also received the ATKV Veertjie award for the Best Director in 2007.
Actress, Presenter, Singer and Producer
Anel Alexander is most known for her roles in two of South Africa’s most popular, local daily soap operas ‘7de Laan’ and ‘Binnelanders’, and the box office hit feature films ‘Semi-Soet’, ‘Faan se Trein’ and ‘Sink’.
Anel has appeared in several musicals, including ‘The Witness’, ‘Jesu – An African Portrait’ and ‘Blondes’. She also joined theatre legend Nicholas Ellenbogen on stage at the KKNK in the play ‘The Calitzdorp Passion’.
Some of the TV productions Anel starred in, include ‘Zero Tolerance 3’, ‘Amalia 2’, ‘City Ses’la’, ‘Hillside’, ‘Rhythm City’, ‘Getroud met Rugby’ and the sexy SABC 3 drama ‘The Mating Game’. She also starred in the hugely popular Kyknet drama series, ‘Donkerland’ and was part of the lead cast for the SABC 2 drama series ‘Geraamtes in die Kas’.
Anel’s love for the theatre has kept her involved in many arts festival productions over several years. She is also an established MC and television presented. Her credits include presenting ‘Artcha’ and ‘Pasella’.
Anel’s primary passion though is film, and together with her husband, James Alexander, and their company, Scramble Productions, she produced the local independent films ‘Discreet’ , ‘Semi-Soet’ and ‘Sink’. Not only did she help secure the funding, produce and promote these films, but she also played the leading lady in all three productions. ‘Discreet’ released in November of 2008 and was hailed by critics as a triumph for SA indie cinema. The film went on to secure an international release in 2011 through Green Apple Entertainment. ‘Semi-Soet’ released in February 2012 and became one of the highest grossing Afrikaans films ever made and topped local box office charts for 2012. ‘Sink’ has won multiple awards (Silwerskermfees and SAFTA’s) and has been screened internationally on a variety of platforms.
Actress and Business Owner
Carmin is a versatile performer who is as at home on stage as she is in front of the camera. Since 2007 Carmin appeared in various TV Commercials such as ‘Outsurance,Hoover, Panado, Savannah Peanuts, Medal Paint, Rose Foundation and Traverse Beer’. She has made appearances in Generations, played the vicious Tenielle in Isidingo and became part of the Binneland team as the murderous, Kaylee Nienaber. Carmin also starred in the series Roer jou voete, Elke skewe pot and Check Coast, to name a few. She is especially well known for her role as Larissa in the daily drama, Scandal.
Carmin made her film debut as Lennon in the film Pad na Jou Hart. She also starred in the feature films Jou Romeo and Vuil Wasgoed as well as the short film Vryslag. One of the highlights of her career has been to write, star and produce her own short film, Met Kind.
Apart from her work as an actress, Carmin is also a very successful business woman. Along with her business partner, Darren Kelfkens, Carmin started a Corporate Theatre Company. The company has not only empowered Carmin as a woman and as a mother, but also provides her with a steady income when acting jobs fall short. Carmin shares her insights on ‘how to make a business out of acting’ with the Acting on Screen students at the Follow Up course.
PROF. MARTH MUNRO
Researcher, Educator, Coach, Scholar, Artist
Marth Munro is a researcher, educator, coach, scholar and artist. She has a PhD in which she investigated the acoustic properties of Lessac’s Tonal NRG and the “Actor’s formant” in the female performer’s voice. She is a Certified Laban/Bartenieff Movement Analyst™ (USA), a Master Teacher in Lessac Kinesensics (Voice and Movement)® (USA). She has also qualified as a Hatha Yoga Teacher (SA), a Bio- and Neurofeedback practitioner (SA), a NBI Whole brain practitioner™, a Sound Therapist (SA) and a qualified NLP-based Executive, Business and Personal Coach (SA). She is a NRF rated researcher (2006-2011; 2013-2017). Munro acts as a supervisor for several M and D students.
Munro taught various subjects in the fields of performer’s voice, performer’s movement and acting at performing arts departments at universities in South Africa. She applies these skills when guiding clients towards acquiring skills regarding effective business communication.
She was editor-in-chief of Collective Writings on the Lessac Voice and Body Work: a Festschrift which appeared in 2009, and co-editor of the 2010 special edition on Physical Theatre of the SATJ. She was an associate editor for several Voice and Speech Reviews.
She teaches workshops on bodymind and voice for actors, singers, and musicians in South Africa and abroad. Through the Somanous Institute, she facilitates workshops and individual coaching sessions for business people in the areas of stress management, interactive communication, emotional competency strategies and well-being with industrial psychologist Mariana Pretorius.
Marth is available for individual training sessions in professional performance voice, movement repatterning, body/voice integration, sound therapy and well-being as well as acting. She is furthermore available for NLP-based coaching facilitation on both personal and business levels.