Successes

The Saturday Drama School which is an important component of the ITMSA has been in operation since 2007. In 2007 the programme graduated 12 students. In 2008 the programme produced 16 graduates. Twenty graduates are expected in 2009. All of the 2008 students are currently working professionally in the theatre industry with over 60% having been signed by leading agents in Cape Town. Sample biographies of previous students are included below.

Drama School graduates include:

  • Moegamat Razak (Zakkie) Johnson, 34, married father of five. Zakkie served on the Proudly Manenberg Campaign arts executive. He is a poet and songwriter, and is currently writing a musical titled “R2,50 bread.” He also regularly facilitates various drama and music workshops across the Cape Flats.

  • Emily Bruce graduated in 2008 as the Saturday Varsity's top student. Emily is also a well-known jazz vocalist and recording artist. She will attend Berklee College of Music, a leading American college renowned for its jazz programme, on a music scholarship. In addition to her musical talent, Emily cites acting as her first love. Her performance of the role of Hecuba was an audience favourite at the 2008 agents' audition programme.

  • Chris September, 38, is a well-known Cape Town stuntman who attended the course for further acting training. Chris is currently in Zanzibar working on an international film production. We are pleased to announce that he will offer stunt workshops for our 2009 class.

  • Monique Rockman, 21, plays the only female lead in “Prison Codes,” which recently played at the Baxter and is now touring around the country. Monique is returning to complete a second year of study at the Drama School with a focus on acting.

  • Jo-nette Lekay, 30, is a Master's student in Opera at the University of Cape Town. She is also music teacher at the Paarl School of Music. According to Jo-nette, the course improved not only her acting skills but also her singing.

  • Harrison Mrobongwana, 23, is a well-known performance poet and actor in Cape Town. He credits the Drama School for his current casting success rate and is set to return to the school for a third year in 2009. He is very excited about the Advanced Shakespeare module that will be piloted this year.