AFDA has a culture of constantly investing in the upliftment, upgrading and on-going development of our campus equipment and facilities. This is an essential part of our overall goal of creating a stimulating learning environment in which a pool of talent may be nurtured that will grow the current and future entertainment industry in South Africa. We pride ourselves on our ability to provide practical but technically advanced facilities and equipment to meet the intellectual, aesthetic, craft, technical and attitudinal skill demands of the industry. They include state-of-the-art postproduction facilities for editing, animation, visual effects , and studios for sound design, recording and mixing.
AFDA has a number of relationships with key industry facility houses like Arri, Media Services, Adobe and Apple TV. These relationships are critical for AFDA to deal with the input of the exponential changes on the equipment & facility demands in the digital domain.
As students rise through the undergraduate ranks at AFDA and become more focussed on a particular discipline, they have progressively increased access to an ever-wider array of high-end and industry-related equipment and facilities, allowing them to experience leading-edge technology and to produce work of the highest possible production standards.
AFDA students are provided with a standard kit of equipment for the various projects produced over the year. Over 300 film, TV and theater productions and projects are produced annually. Camera, lighting equipment & accessories, sound recording devices, studios, theaters, staging, post-production facilities and production dressing (including CMS) elements are provided in order for the students to complete the various term narrative challenges each year
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OR International Students: Nadia Chalkley / NadiaC@afda.co.za / +27 021 448 7600
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As the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of the South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance (AFDA), Bata Passchier has been involved in education for 15 years, and in the film industry for almost 30 years. He has been extensively involved in the design of the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum for AFDA, which has been fully accredited by all the relevant authorities including SAQA and the CHE.
Bata Passchier has also developed a system to assess entertainment products’ potential value, the EVAM (Entertainment Value Assessment Matrix) System. This system has been implemented by the South African Broadcasting Commission to assess and commission production pitches.
Master of Arts (UCT)
From the dusty mining town of Krugersdorp on the West Rand, Garth Holmes would gaze longingly at the bright lights ofJoburg as they twinkled in the distance. He moved there straight after school and qualified as a teacher, a career choice that forced him to work part-time at restaurants to make up for the shortfall in his salary. The experience gained there led him to start his own successful restaurant. His yearning to be part of the creative world, however, made him sell the business, a decision he calls “naïve and impetuous”, but it saw him team up with controversial writer-director Deon Opperman, with whom he co-wrote several successful plays.“For the first time I was recognised for my creative talents,” says Holmes.
It was then that he met Bata Passchier, his current business partner and CEO of AFDA, the film and acting school they launched in 1994, a time when the future of the country was uncertain and confidence was low.
AFDA’s origins lie in the failure of a private art school owned by a close friend of Holmes’s. “She was an amazing lecturer, but a terrible businesswoman,” says Holmes. “She taught me one of the most important lessons about owning a private university. It’s one hell of a responsibility; you have everyone’s hopes, futures and dreams locked up in the institution– so collect the fees or close.”
The bankrupt school, at which Holmes had lectured in design and film, provided him with his first six students. “I was down and out, but the Design Centre in Greenside took me and the students in. Armed with a rented TV, a VCR and free lectures provided by friends in the industry, I put the word out that the best film school in South Africa was open for business.”
Holmes and his partners soon realised that they needed premises if they wanted to develop a great university. They set up a campus in a derelict Lever Brothers warehouse in Milpark which cost them R6,00 a square metre. They now own it and it accommodates 650 students. Another 600-odd are at the Cape Town campus. The curriculum, and teaching and management systems were forged by Passchier. A student of martial arts and Japanese painting, he developed a passion for ancient training philosophy, theories and practice, before he turned to creating training videos for a number of bluechip companies. That’s where he was exposed to management methods that he would later fuse with the training theories of the ancients to develop AFDA’s systems.
The school was funded with student fees, and post-production facilities were provided by The Video Lab. Holmes says it was built on the generosity of many people who offered their services. “Three South Africans who were eking out an existence in Hollywood at the time, and a local IT entrepreneur, gave us the original R30 000. We used that, with an amortisation on renovations, to get us going.”
The first formal management controls were put in place in June 2003 by Passchier. “We had run the company without any real management structures until then,” Holmes recalls. “Each partner trusted that the other would fulfil their responsibilities, but this could only work while we were a small company.”
AFDA’s early challenges included opposition from within the industry, achieving accreditation and the ever-present threat of bankruptcy. “We had cash flow problems stemming from the fact that we had to constantly develop the school to deal with the demands of the marketplace. The early days were all about growth which meant more staff, more space, more equipment, more facilities – all of which had to be bought without any support from the state or any other resource.”
Ask Holmes what sets the school apart and he talks about contributing to building a sustainable and vibrant film industry. “We have always been convinced that we are making a difference and that we will leave a legacy of film practitioners, artists and performers who have genuine ability to excel and to help create a unique and inspirational cultural identity for all South Africans.”
The school’s achievements include winning an Oscar for best student film, having a film in the finals at Cannes 2006, making the feature film Soldiers of the Rock, and achieving Masters accreditation.
What AFDA’s success has proved, is the ongoing relevance of drama and film in education. “The nature of today’s consumers coupled with our technologically driven society has placed greater emphasis than ever before on the development of entertainment and media practitioners; they are responsible for reflecting society, creating meaning,and capturing the beauty of the human spirit.”
Dr Gerda Dullaart wrote her Ph D thesis on tertiary education in post-apartheid South Africa, with specific focus on training narrative for employability in creative industries. Her interest in education for creative industries was also pursued in her M Phil in Higher Education Studies at UCT. After writing for various news media, she joined AFDA in 2003, where her passion for narrative education was rewarded when AFDA students write winning screenplays, like SAFTA awards for Agter the Berge and Sindiswa.
PHD University of Kwa Zulu Natal
Christopher John was born in Zimbabwe and is currently President of the Afda Council. He has extensive experience working as an actor, teacher, and director with important Western and African theatre companies. He has also worked in the corporate sector both as a Senior Manager and as a Consultant to top-teams in the areas of Management training and development. He studied acting at the Central School of Speech and Drama and under the name Christopher Hurst worked as a professional actor in Britain; working with the Royal Shakespeare Company, in the West End, and on Broadway; In 1986, he returned to Zimbabwe and worked in the townships of Bulawayo with Cont Mhlanga at Amakhosi Productions playing in Mhlanga’s Workshop Negative and teaching acting. He also worked with ex-combatants making plays at Simukai Collective Farming Co-operative. The Tabex Encyclopaedia Zimbabwe credits him with making an important contribution to the debates about decolonizing theatre in Zimbabwe in the 1980s. He worked for the Anglo American group companies, OTD (Organisational management and development). (Pvt) Ltd and Border Timbers Limited from 1981 to 1996
In 1997 he moved to South Africa to lecture at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, there he ran projects in Bhambayi in Inanda using theatre and video to help heal a community torn apart by political violence and for twelve years led a Prison Theatre project at Westville Correctional Facility in Durban. He has worked for Mbongeni Ngema’s Committed Artists as an actor and teacher appearing in 1906: Bhambatha the Freedom Fighter and Lion of the East. In 2013 he directed Mbongeni Ngema in his return to the stage in The Zulu, which successfully played at the Market Theatre and toured the region. In 2008 he was a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence at California State University Polytechnic, Pomona. He has a Doctoral degree from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Master of Arts (with distinction) University of the Witwatersrand
Anton Basson completed his Master's degree in narrative theory at the University of the Witwatersrand and subsequently lectured at Wits, Vista University and the Rand Afrikaans University (currently the Soweto and Bunting Road campuses of the University of Johannesburg). His endeavors in the arts include published short stories, plays at festivals and recorded rock albums. He joined AFDA in 2002 in the Screenwriting Department. He subsequently filled the positions of Learning Manager and Postgraduate Principal for the Johannesburg and Cape Town campuses before heading up the Curriculum Development Department. He is currently the Academic Standards Manager.
BCom Accountancy (PU for CHE), CIMA (London)
Rudolph Coetzer is a Chartered Global Management Accountant accredited by both the South African Chartered Instituted of Management Accountants and the Association of International Certified Professional Accountants. He has been Chief Financial Officer for the AFDA group for over 12 years. His financial management skills have been applied in various industries where strategic objectives must be aligned to resources and to values, but his passion is for creative education, which lead him to AFDA. As CFO he has contributed leadership and resource development to AFDA campus life.
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MFA AFDA / BA (Hons) Motion picture medium
Franco started at AFDA JHB as the production co-ordinator and grew to becoming a junior lecturer in the producing department. From there he has been the head of the producing department of AFDA Cape Town as well as the Undergraduate course director for the past 2 years. He is a trained Producer in Film Production and co-ordination. He has produced more than a few short films, theatre musical productions, a celebrity campaign for M-Net and the SABC, a television series for CTV and an Afrikaans horror feature film as part of his Master's degree, to name a few. He has worked with the lifestyle show called "Expresso" on SABC 3 and you may just recognise him as "The guy in the green shorts" from the show.
I have been with AFDA since 2004 – 10 years going onto 11.
“Ensure you follow yours dreams and passions everyday of your life”.
BA (Hons), MA (Drama and Perfromance Studies)
Lloyd started at the then University of Natal, Howard College, in 1999, studying to become an actor. In his postgraduate studies he trained in different techniques of actor training and directorial practices and developed his academic interests in Intercultural Performance Practice. He holds a Masters in Arts (UKZN) in Drama and Performance Studies, 2006; the dissertation is entitled 'Summoning the Healing': intercultural performance, immediacy and historical and ritual dialectics in Brett Bailey's The Plays of Miracle and Wonder (2003). He has directed many various kinds of theatrical performance from classical texts to devised theatre. A few of his recent directorial credits include Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros in 2010, Jean Anouilh's Antigone in 2012, and Carlo Goldoni's A Servant to Two Masters in 2013. In 2011 he was co-assistant director on a major inter-institutional collaboration between two universities on Mary Zimmerman's Metamorphoses for the Pieter Scholtz Open Air Theatre. His previous titles include Academic Co-ordinator while teaching at a secondary schools level and the Programme Co-Ordinator for the Department of Drama Studies: Drama Studies Programme at the Durban University of Technology since 2010.
I firmly believe as an artist and lifelong learner, we are in the business of exploring, investigating, interrogating, analysing and experimenting with what it means to be human in all its beauty and ugliness and if we are to be these explorers, detectives and conservationists of the human psyche then we must think; not how can my education serve me but what can I do with my education.
M.A. (Cum Laude). HDE. BA.
Masters of Arts (Cum Laude) UKZN, 2006.
Have been at AFDA Durban since its inception in January 2013.
I believe in inspiring the students with passion for their craft. I do this in my own life by working on my own projects in the same way. One of these has made it from a lowly crowd-funding campaign to being selected for Cannes’ Short Film Corner Metrage. This proves to me that if you love what you do and fill your work with passion, there are no limits to the results.
Bachelor of Social Science (UKZN), Honours in Psychology (UNISA), Master’s in Business (MANCOSA)
Arish Sirkissoon (born 21 June 1984) better known by his stage-name LX SETH is a singer, songwriter, producer and academic. Sirkissoon has been in the entertainment field for the last decade and has signed deals locally and abroad. Sirkissoon has a firm academic background.
Sirkissoon’s also owns several businesses in different sectors and has a flair for entrepreneurship. In the last decade Sirkissoon has had two number one singles and a record breaking movie.
BA Honours (UCT); Graduate of the London International Film School
1977-1979 London International Film School
Richard has worked as a cameraman, production manager, 1st assistant director, director, line producer and producer. His credits as production manager include the award winning television series "Versplede Lente" - "Dr Con se Overberg"- "Die Perdesmous".
As 1st assistant director he worked on numerous international feature films including "Murphy’s fault" - "American Ninja 2" - "Coast of Skeletons" -"Hostage" - "Chameleon" and as Line Producer on films including "Merchants of War" - "Women of Desire" - "The Floating Outfit".
Richard also worked as a director, his first film "Praise" written by Nobel prize winner Nadine Gordimer was flighted on channel 4 in the UK. He also directed the ground breaking TV series “New Horizons” for which he was nominated for a "Tonight" award.
In 1990 Richard formed service production company "Moonlighting", within two years Moonlighting became one of South Africa’s leading production companies servicing hundreds of foreign commercials.
Wanting to make his own films, Richard sold Moonlighting, and formed Richard Green and Associates. His first slate of films was in co-production with the British production company "Peakviewing".
He was approached in 1993 by pay television station MNET to set up a project to help previously disempowered filmmakers to make their films. In 1993 Richard Green and Associates launched "New Directions" a film initiative which ten years later is still helping filmmakers. During his association with "New Directions" Richard produced 32 short films both in South Africa and across the continent of Africa. His short films have won awards around the world. "The Father" made in Ethiopia won the people's choice at the New York film festival in 2001, it also won the silver dhow at the Zanzibar international film festival. "An old wives tale" won 6 awards at the Avanti awards in South Africa. "Angel" and "Cry me a baby" were both selected for the "Black-Negra-Noir" film festival in Cannes. "Christmas with Granny" won best film at the Mauritian film festival and was invited to the Toronto film festival.
Roel Twijinstra is a theatre director, dramaturge, drama lecturer and writer. After studying at the university of Nijmegen and Amsterdam , (He holds a MSc in Biology, animal behavior) he started his carrier as an assistant of Peter Brook in 1975 and assisted later Peter Stein in Berlin. He was the artistic director of “Het Waterhuis”and the CEO of “Theatre company Siberia”, both in Rotterdam. Since 1996 he managed several international exchange projects between The Netherlands, USA, Russia, Morocco, Nepal and South-Africa.
He lectured at the drama department of UKZN and currently he is directing in SA and working for TWIST projects. In the summer of 2012 his first novel was launched “Zulu crush.” Currently he is living and working in South Africa. In 2014 he started together with Jerry Pooe his production company “Thambo Theatre Producers" to adapt African novels for stage. He is also the co-author with Emma Durden of two books, “Theatre directing in South Afria” and “Theatre Production in South Africa”.
It is an absolute pleasure to have him as part of the fantastic team at AFDA Durban.
Master of Arts (Cognitive Science); B.A Hons. (Philosophy); B.A (Philosophy and Psychology)
I completed my Master of Arts degree specializing in Cognitive Science at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal in 2014. Since then I have taught Philosophy at the University of Zululand and have now taken on the position of Production Course Administrator at AFDA Durban. In addition to my passion for teaching, I am an ambitious and avid researcher and often attend conferences around South Africa presenting research. My first publication will appear in an international journal in 2016.
I look forward to applying my philosophical knowledge to the content of Production Course, and encouraging students to think critically when producing entertainment products.
B SocSc (Honours) Drama and Performance Studies from UKZN
BA HONS in drama and performance studies, UKZN
Born with a love for music and Performance, Chuma Mapoma is a young artist born and raised in Johannesburg South Africa. At the tender age of 23, Mapoma is doing her Masters in Drama and Performance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Mapoma is a singer, writer, actor and director and has performed on many stages both locally and internationally. She has studied her craft abroad attending Pitzer College in California where she sang and acted. She has since begun to harness her talents professionally - Mapoma has recently appeared in two South African short films and done continuity on some as well. Mapoma recently directed at Wushwini Arts Centre’s Uhuru International Arts Festival, Olive Tree Theatre’s Women’s theatre festival and performed at Poetry Africa after performing twice at the National Arts Festival.
M.A. (UKZN); BSC (Hons)
BSS with honours at University of Natal (2003)
Credits Towards Masters Level Study: Advanced Video Production Course, 2005 - outcome - video portfolio available on request. 25% of requirement of Masters' degree.
Editor for The Umhlanga Bostonian Campus Newspaper. (2010-2011) Online Film Analysis: African Media (2007) Public Relations Online Data Gatherer: (2006) Film Festival Coordinator: Durban International Film Festival (2004 & 2005) Wrote and Directed a play which was performed at the Square Space Studio (2002-2003) Media volunteer for the Cricket World Cup 2003. Liaison with media officials involved in the Cricket World Cup. (2003) Research Facilitator: (2000-2001)
MA in Drama (Rhodes University) with Distinction
MA in Drama (Rhodes University) with Distinction PGCE (UNISA) Cum Laude BA Hons Drama (Rhodes University) with Distinction
Jess completed her Masters in Drama at Rhodes University, where she was awarded the Rhodes Prestigious Scholarship for Postgraduate Studies, a full bursary from the National Arts Counsel of South Africa, and the Andrew Mellon Scholarship for Postgraduate studies in drama. She graduated with distinction in 2014. She has taught extensively in South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, and the UK.
Her directing credits include Moor, an adaptation of William Shakespeare’s Othello, which premiered on the Main at the National Arts Festival in 2013. The production won the Most Promising Director award by the NAF. This production was part of her practise led research coursework for Masters. During her time as the Resident Director for UBOM! Eastern Cape Theatre Company, she created, wrote and directed an educational theatre show on tertiary studies called RU Learning, and directed and wrote STDiesel – an edutainment production about South African youth. The production was subsequently performed in schools in every province in South Africa, as well as at the National Schools Festival, the Eastern-Cape Schools Festival and the Hilton Festival. She also directed an educational theatre show called The Most Amazing Other Show which was performed at Rhodes University Main Theatre in 2014. She also Assistant Directed Mandla Mbothwe’s Ukhuphuthelwa in 2012. Mbothwe is Artistic Director for the Steve Biko Foundation and was previously a lecturer at UCT and one of the founders of the Magnet Theatre Company in Cape-Town. She then presented an academic paper on this process at the Drama for Life Conference at the University of Pretoria. She also wrote and directed uSizo. A devised piece about domestic workers in the Eastern-Cape in 2012. And Venus by Suzan-Lori Parks for the National Arts Festival, a double bill called ‘Confessions of a Large Posterior’ as part of the NAF Student Main Production in 2007.
As an actor, her performance credits include Steven Berkoff’s Decadence, Franca Rame’s A Woman Alone performed at the NAF and at the Intimate Theatre in Cape-Town, David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men with a UK based theatre company, which was performed in England, Wales, and Ireland. Reza de Wet’s Heathcliff Goes Home, Lanford Wilson’s Home Free, Peter Weiss’s Marat/Sade, Charles Mee’s Big Love and Louis Nowra’s Cosi. She was awarded the Patrick Mynhardt Award for Excellence in Acting by Rhodes University.
BA (Hons) in Motion Picture Production (AFDA)
After receiving his Honours degree in directing and screenwriting at ADFA Johannesburg, Rudi spent three years writing screenplays while freelancing on music videos and feature film sets.
His debut feature film as director and screenwriter is the AFDA MFA production Lyfstraf ("Corporal Punishment"), completed in 2012.
Rudi's passion is to contribute to a local film culture and industry that appreciates the idea that art and entertainment are not mutually exclusive; that a film can be sophisticated yet still resonate with a broad audience.
currently studying MFA through AFDA
Dip. Photography at Natal Technikon 1990-1993.
After a decade working in the UK for Channel 4 and the bbc, I moved back to South Africa to embark on my journey in the South African film industry. At that point my experience had been part production and part wardrobe/art dept in television so i had to decide whether to pursue a career in production or in art department. I decided on production as I believed it would be a good grounding in the overall filmmaking process in terms of attaining organizational skills and the ability to run a budget. After having partnership in a stills & commercials production company in cape town for 4 years, I moved back to my hometown of Durban to try and add value to the very small film crew trying to make it work in a very unpredictable industry. It was in durban that I realised that art department is my passion. My main interest lies within character analysis and how that is interpreted into motion picture. The psychology behind who the character “is” in terms of their psychological status, their environment (set dressing), what their personal effects would look like (props) and how they would look (wardrobe) are all essential to creating a credible character. Over the past 8 years, I have made 21 feature films 20 commercials and 2 TV series. .. I am also the art director of the annual Miss South Africa pageant. Outside of film, my interests lie in psychology, photography, interior design, painting, reading, charity work and discovering new out-of-the-way places.
MBA from Mancossa
Tash Reddy, 39, has more than 20 years experience in the media industry. After completing an honours degree in Theatre, Television and Film from the University of Durban-Westville, Reddy joined KZN's premiere radio station East Coast Radio as an on air producer and personality on the afternoon drive time show. She later went on to become a highly recognised print journalist at Independent Newspapers before becoming a successful entrepreneur. She is also the founder of Widowed SA and the aurhor of Widow Without and Choose Life... Reddy is married to Daniel Reddy and they have two children, Daniel, 11 and Ysabella, 2.
NQF LEVEL 6 - Strategic Management and Implementation
I started my career at the Forensic Science Laboratory in 1993 and moved into the private sector in 2001. I went into Information Technology field where I completed my A+ Certification. Currently I am working as BMO for AFDA Durban Campus and have completed my certification in Strategic Management and Planning. I am also enrolled to UNISA to complete my BCom degree. I have always had a passion for Education and in particular Education in the Entertainment Industry and when the opportunity at AFDA arose I jumped at the chance. Working in such a creative environment has taught me that it’s possible to achieve anything in life, if you put your mind to it.
BA Honours in Organisational Communication (UNISA)
PLESSISLAER TECH. COLLEGE: N3 in Secretarial
currently studying Bachelor of Admin Degree (BAdmin)
My tertiary education working experience spans over 14 years having commenced employment at the then University of Natal in 2000 at the Nelson Mandela School of Medicine as a Senior Administrative Assistant within the Department of Pediatrics. After a year I was promoted to the position of Administration Officer within the Faculty of Law and remained there for 8 years and dealt with everything and anything from student administration, finance, PA to the Head of Department, Course Administration, etc. I applied for a promotion post at the School of Education and moved to Edgewood Campus as the PA to the Dean / School Administration Officer, Human Resource Admin, etc. During this time, the university started to undergo a restructure process and I felt I needed a change and applied out. I found employment at an international BOPP plastic manufacturing company in Cato Ridge. I was there for a year and half. However my passion and drive lay in Education, hence my application to AFDA Durban. I have completed my ICDL course, Assertive Communication and Dealing with the Public Courses and I am currently studying via UNISA towards a Bachelor of Administration degree.
Bachelor of Art (AAA School of Advertising)
PhD UCT’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment
Dr. Jonathan Marks is currently Senior Lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s Gordon Institute of Business Science, where he holds responsibility for the entrepreneurship domain. Dr. Marks has an MBA from the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Graduate School of Business, as well as a PhD, focused on entrepreneurship education, from UCT’s Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment. He was founding director of the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development (located at UCT), and is Academic-in-Residence at the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, having previously held the position of Head of Impact Assurance. Dr. Marks is Founder of RocketSchool, a dedicated entrepreneurship start-up business school, and National Head of the School of Business Innovation and Technology for AFDA, South Africa’s premier film and television school.
He has taught and researched in the area of entrepreneurship, business planning, new venture planning, innovation, corporate innovation & entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial thinking and education for over fifteen years. His teaching and research has crossed a range of disciplines including commerce, science, engineering, mathematics and the humanities.
Dr. Marks is an experienced entrepreneur, having developed and successfully sold business ventures in the real estate and information technology sector. He continues to consult to entrepreneurs and corporate clients on aspects of innovation and entrepreneurship. Clients have included The World Bank Institute, Free University Amsterdam, Woolworths Financial Services, Sanlam, National Planning Commission, and the Western Cape Provincial Government, as well as a number of smaller and start-up ventures.
BA Motion Picture Medium, (Bhons) Motion Picture Medium
Nadia Chalkley completed her studies in Communications, Afrikaans and Media at the University of Johannesburg (then RAU). She has travelled to and lived in more than 30 countries across the globe and brings to AFDA experience in community radio broadcasting, airline industry operations, hotel VIP entertainment, international affairs and administration management in Higher Education (specialising in the coordination of European and Canadian donor-funded student mobility and academic staff exchange projects). Nadia is passionate about transformative leadership and economic development of youth in especially Sub-Saharan African regions.
MFA Motion Picture Medium, AFDA; MA in Anthropology, Wits University
Shmerah Passchier is a digital filmmaker who has worked all over the African continent including Nigeria,
Cameroon, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Kenya, Botswana, Angola, Mozambique, Uganda and Zambia
shooting documentaries and television shows. Shmerah is a writer, director, producer, editor and camera operator.
Shmerah teaches Film Theory & Analysis, Nollywood & Nigerian Cinema, Writing for Television, including
Reality TV & Telenovela, Digital Cinematography, Post-Production for Television,
Production Design, Broadcast Design, Ethnography in Film & Television Research.
Shmerah graduated from the AFDA Honours programme in 1998, then completed an AFDA MFA in 2011 followed by a MA in Social Anthropology in 2014.
She is currently undertaking a PhD in Communication Studies at the University of Johannesburg, under the supervision of Professor Nyasha Mboti.
Clinton Marius is a professional stage Writer/Producer/Director. He directed the Stage Production of The Space Between written by Janet van Eeden for the Honours Live Performance students which was performed at UZKN’s The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre at the #ShakespeareMustFall festival.
MA Drama & Performance
Devin Carter is a professional Cinematographer. He has given Discipline Master Classes on Cinematography and is a mentor to three Cine students.
PhD Visual Anthropology
Dr Mikhail Peppas has a PhD in Visual Anthropology with a focus on Film and Television for Development and Social Change from UKZN. He has sat on VALA panels and he has also given the Documentary Master Classes in the first term.
Doctorate in Drama & Performance Studies
Dr Miranda Young-Jahungeer has a Doctorate in Drama and Performance Studies with a special interest in Aesthetics. She has sat on VALA panels and has given one-on-one Research Inputs.
Dr Neville Herrington: Runs eThekwini Television Productions with his wife Dr Sandra Herrington. He has sat on the VALA panels.
Dr Ruth Teer-Tomaselli is a full Professor and a Fellow of the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Runs the Centre forCommunication, Media and Society (CCMS) at UKZN Durban.
Dr Sandra Herrington has a PhD in Drama and Performance Studies. She runs eThekwini Television Productions. She has sat on VALA panels and will be on the Defense of Research Panel for the Honours students for their final exam November.
Khalo Matabane is a professional Director. He has given Master Classes in Directing.
Mariki van der Walt is a professional Producer and is currently producing the TV series Uzalo, amongst others. She has given Master Classes in Producing for Television and film.
Peter Matthews is the Director of Green Shoots Productions. He has given inputs into Commercials, Discipline Master Classes on Directing, sat on VALA panels, and been a mentor to the directors.
Sundhir Madaree runs Lancaster Learning Solutions (LLS) which provides general management training solutions. He has given Marketing Inputs in Discipline Master Classes as well as been on the panel to mark the final Marketing Presentations.