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Waterfront Theatre School - The Staff


Keith Galloway trained at the Mary Archbutt studios in Manchester UK, obtaining his teaching qualifications in Classical Ballet,Modern Theatre Dance and Tap through the I.S.T.D. London. Upon graduating he became a soloist with the Austrian Ballet Company whilst doing his National service. He went on to appear in,direct or choreograph no less than17 West End Musicals,as well as working extensively in television and movies.

He first came to South Africa in 1970 with his wife Delia Sainsbury to appear in the International production of 'West Side Story'. The couple immigrated to SA in 1976 after being offered a choreographic residency for the fledgling SABC television.He went on to write,direct and choreograph over 30 original productions and launch literally hundreds of professional careers.

(1931 - 2010)

Delia Sainsbury trained at the famous Bush-Davies School in London attaining her teaching qualifications in Classical Ballet,Modern Theatre Dance and Tap and the Performers Diploma in Drama,LAMDA. She made her debut in Camelot at Drury Lane Theatre and
went on to appear in 9 other West End Musicals. She also performed in straight plays at the Bristol Old Vic, television,cabaret and movies. After moving to SA in 1976, Delia had an unbroken record of over 20 years as a Presenter on SABC TV. She was granted senior International examiner status for the I.S.T.D. in 1986 and was granted the lifetime achievement award in 2004. She is the first international member of the Grand Council. Delia also writes and produces extensively for corporate theatre and has written
numerous productions for youth theatre. Delia gives career guidance and arranges professional auditions for children and graduates of the full time College.She also trains presenters for television and liases with managements on a regular basis.


Paul's professional career started in Musical Theatre Productions including Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita, Peter Pan, Camelot, Mame, Fiddler on the Roof and Maynardville in The Taming of the Shrew. After four years of working in South Africa, Paul moved to London where he spent the next 8 years. Whilst in London, he completed an MA with Distinction in Theatre Directing from Middlesex University – a course which included modules at The GITIS Conservatory in Moscow, RESAD Drama School in Madrid and master classes from The Berliner Ensemble. It was as a director that he continued to develop his career in the UK. He was Education Associate for The Orange Tree Theatre in Richmond where he directed the theatre's Shakespeare-in-Schools Programme. He was then appointed as Associate Director of The Bridewell Theatre and was Acting Artistic Director. In 2006 Paul was appointed head of Drama and Musical Theatre at the WTS and his company 'Big Leaf Productions" is producing numerous National plays and musicals. He became a partner in 2011.


Mary Martin has probably the greatest knowledge of the college than anyone. Her daughter, Lorna is a graduate, and teaching professionally overseas. Mary handles the class enquiries, parents, crying six year-olds, crying twenty year-olds, absenteeism, supervision of the residences, reminding Delia ten times a day where she should be, and reminding three hundred students where they shouldn't be! In fact, she should be paid five times as much salary! She has been with the company for ever.

SHONA BRABANT - LISTD - Head of Junior Ballet

Shona joined staff as an associate teacher in 2009. She is Head of the Junior Ballet department and the development of the Advanced 2 Modern, and is personal assistant to Candice Holder. She specializes in Contemporary choreography, winning the Choreographic award for 2008. Shona is a resident choreographer for the contemporary genre within the Dance Company. Her recent works include "Birds", "Surrender" and "Spirits of The Earth".


William completed his teaching qualifications (F.I.S.T.D) at the Waterfront Theatre School and obtained Advanced 2 level in Classical Ballet, Modern Dance and Tap.
He is appointed to train the male students in dance and has restructured the male dance programme to train the males in all dance genres including repertoire work in classical ballet and modern dance.
He often adjudicates for national dance societies and festivals and has also obtained an Advanced Performing Diploma in Musical Theatre through the Trinity College of London.
William also choreographs extensively with works including Guys and Dolls, Artscape Opera House, commercial theatre and Iris Warriors, an international full length ballet film for Red Petal Productions.

SIMONE MARSHALL - AISTD DIPLOMA - Head of Junior tap and Junior Modern

Simone’s career in the Dance Industry expands across Teaching and Lecturing, Show Choreography, Corporate Choreography, Project Management, Technical Production, Television and Commercial work and Adjudicating. With a decade of teaching behind her, Simone recently qualified for International Examiner status and has attained her Fellowship / Masters with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing, London.
Simone is a Resident Teacher at the Waterfront Theatre College and Head of Tap. She coaches up to Company level and is also the College’s Resident Jazz Teacher.
Recent works include: Dancers Love Dogs 2016 (Return of the Mac – Rhythm Tap routine), Baxter Dance Festival 2016 (Tango Bailamos – Female Tap routine) and Hit Me With A Hot Note (Artscape) 2016 : Hit Me With A Hot Note (Broadway Jazz Group), Americano (Spanish Tap), Transcendence (Male Jazz Group), White Fire( Irish Tap Group), X’s & O’s (Female Jazz/Modern Group) and Return of the Mac (Rhythm Tap Group).
Simone travels extensively to the US and the UK to make sure she keeps up to date with what is trending, networking and making contacts with the “who’s who” in the Industry.
Teaching workshops all around South Africa in Jazz and Tap, she loves bringing back the latest and freshest and sharing it with the amazing talent we have here in South Africa.

GARTH TAVARES - B. Mus - Musical Director

As Senior Musical Theatre Director at the college, he shapes the next generation of musical theatre performers; instilling in them a passion for the art form which is essentially his life blood.
Modules he lectures include Musical Theatre Repertoire, Music Theory, as well as preparation for the Trinity College Licentiate Diploma exams (both practical and written). His extensive list of theatre credits includes (to name but a few) for Directing (Broadway or Bust at the Masque, Edges for the Grahamstown Festival, Stealing the Show: Bette Middler at the Alexander Bar, Shout! The Mod Musical for Pineland’s Players); for Musical Direction (Legally Blonde, Footloose, Dance for Africa for The Waterfront Theatre College, Guys and Dolls for Cape Town G&S Society, Let me Entertain You for Pigalle) and for Choreography (Shout! The Mod Musical, Back to Broadway).
In addition to his theatre work Garth is an accomplished pianist and is one of the resident performers at The Piano Bar in Cape Town. He is a well respected accompanist and is frequently engaged by The Fugard Theatre, Improguise TheatreSports and other producers to accompany performances. As creative consultant he has worked for Stardust Theatrical Dining, Imgagine Entertainment and Universal Picture and was the vocal coach for the latest Samsung Olympic Games in Rio advert.



Originally from Bloemfontein in the Free State, Jaco moved to Cape Town in 2013. His interest in the performing arts goes back to 2005 when he enrolled for his Certificate in technical aspects of the theatre at the University of the Free State. Following his studies, Jaco worked as freelance theater technician over the next two years. In 2008 Jaco enrolled at the Odeion School of Music (University of the Free State), completing his Magister Musicae degree cum laude in 2014.
In his seven years at the Odeion School of Music, Jaco received four Academic Merit bursaries, a scholarship for music study from the NAC, the FAK scholarship for post-graduate study in Music and three Fanie-Beetge Prizes. In 2012, Jaco was awarded a Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship and is currently member of the eight cohort of Mandela-Rhodes Scholars, class of 2012. Jaco lectured in Listening and Aural skills and Systematic Music Studies at the University of the Free State for three years. He is currently teaching courses in Practical musicianship and Singing technique at the Waterfront Theater School. Since 2008, Jaco has been involved in many productions in various capacities as music director, vocal coach, pianist, and guitarist. He is also active as freelance composer and arranger.


Tandi is currently the Artistic Director of Improguise. After graduating from U.C.T drama school in 1995, Tandi  joined TheatreSports  and has been playing and teaching improvisation ever since. She is an established actress and has appeared in many films, plays and commercials.  In 1999 she moved to London and in 2001 she co -founded “Two Foot rule'’ an Improv company in London performing a show called ‘Off the cuff' in Battersea. Whilst in London she also worked extensively as a drama teacher, working for The Bigfoot Theatre Co , directed annual Theatre for Youth Projects at the Roundhouse in Camden and worked with The Natural theatre Co, masters of Invisible theatre and performance Art. She has taught and led workshops in Improvisation at schools, festivals and in business in London, parts of Europe, Australia, Reunion and South Africa. She freelances as an acting and Dialogue coach and currently works as a Lecturer in Improvisation and Voice at The Waterfront Theatre College. When she is not teaching she is improvising with her gorgeous son!


Brigitte Reeve is known to be one of the foremost choreographers and exponent of the Horton technique of dance in South Africa. Brigitte has been teaching for over thirty years and regularly updates her knowledge by travelling annually to New York to attend workshops and classes. Brigitte danced professionally for the Pace Dance Theatre Company before founding her renowned Dance Centre. She now freelances for both teaching and choreography.
Brigitte has choreographed numerous productions and television commercials, including the Turkish ‘Akabank’, “Nestle”,” Sanlam” and “Pepsi”.
Brigitte has also choreographed the opening ceremony of the World Cup Cricket and the Sultan of Oman’s 40th Year of Reign celebrations.
Brigitte has conducted Master Classes in Canada, Australia, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles and New Jersey, as well as the major cities in South Africa.
She founded “Dancers Love Dogs” in 2012 to raise funds to assist in the mass sterilisation of dogs in township areas, and has raised over R 230.000.00 for this worthy cause.
The WTS is very honoured to have Brigitte on “the team”, strengthening and training our dancers to a level of excellence in order to enter the profession.

GAYLE HAEFELE - (A.T.C.L) - Junior Drama

Gayle Haefele is responsible for the Speech and Drama tutorials, for the junior school, on Saturdays. After graduating in 2001 from the Waterfront Theatre School, Gayle joined the teaching staff in 2002 and 2003. She then moved on to freelance teaching, as well as teaching for KTO at the Baxter Theatre. She is also the WTS accounts administrator during the week.

MARGUERITE JONES - (A.I.S.T.D) - Ballet, Modern & Tap - Head of Part-Time Dance

Marguerite officially joined the staff in 2013, after fulfilling an apprentice role in her final year of studies. She has achieved her highest Advanced Performance levels as well as gained Teaching Diplomas within the Modern Theatre, Classical Ballet and Tap Dance genres and is now teaching across the board within both the Full-Time College and Part-Time School. Marguerite also coaches the Modern Associate teachers and oversees the Dance Associate group. Her biggest role is in heading up the Part-Time School Dance Department, where her love for teaching flourishes.


Fran trained at Italia Conti Stage School and Arts Educational London in Musical Theatre, Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre Dance and Tap in the ISTD Syllabi. She performed extensively in the UK, Europe and finally landed in SA where she met Delia and Keith and they became lifelong friends.
Once Fran was married with a family she took her talents into the cosmetic industry, and quickly became the National Events Manager for Estee Lauder and, later, Woolworths and Elizabeth Arden.
She also was the production and cast manager at Richards Supper Stage Sea Point.
She now brings her extensive theatre and events background to join the staff of the WTS handling ISTD membership and casting & corporate events.


Richard Antrobus completed his BA (Hons) Drama at Rhodes University in 2004, and MA Drama in Contemporary Performance in 2010. He also holds a Diploma from the London School of Physical Theatre and has worked as a resident performer for First Physical Theatre Company and performed with SlungLow Theatre Company (U.K.).
Richard was the recipient of a Standard Bank Ovation “Encore” Award 2011, a GIPCA fellowship (U.C.T) in 2012, featured in Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans 2013, selected for the Cirque du Soleil performer database (2014) and was part Assitej’s Inspiring A Generation 2015 programme.
He is the founder and Director of the Phezulu Project and works as an independent performer and educator under OddBody Theatre. He has collaborated with Magnet Theatre, Assitej, Clowns Without Borders, ComNet and UCT.
He has featured on Black Sails, SAF3, Dominion, and L’Odyssee while recent theatre highlights include performing “Suggestion Box” on the NAF 2015 and CT Fringe Main Programmes. His show “Being Norm” has also enjoyed runs the Festival of Fame, NAF, Cape Town Fringe, So-Solo and Kwasuka Sukela Festivals. In 2015 He directed Tsungayi Hatitye’s “Tsetse Valley” at the Assitej Youth Theatre and Dance Festival and Jungle Theatre’s “The Wale Show”.
Richard is a light-hearted, yet highly committed performer and educator with a keen interest and enthusiasm in the whole spectrum of Physical Theatre: ranging from acting and mime to multi-media such as video and projection to acrobatics, circus and dance.


Training: Waterfront Theatre School with I.S.T.D. International Teaching Qualifications in Tap and Modern Theatre Dance, Licentiate in Drama and Musical Theatre via the Trinity College, 2005.
Theatre includes: ‘Dotty’ in Showboat (Staatsteatre Germany); ‘Alice’ in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Civic Theatre, Johannesburg); Swing in Rent for Anthony Rapp (Alexander Theatre and Artscape Theatre, South Africa); Understudy ‘Meat’ and ‘Scaramouche’ in We Will Rock You (Asia-Pacific Tour); ‘Silly Girl’ and ensemble in Beauty and The Beast (The Teatro and Artscape Theatre South Africa); ‘Beryl’ in Noah of Cape Town (Baxter Theatre, Cape Town); ‘Jellylorum’, ‘Demeter’, ‘Bombalurina’ and ‘Jennyanydots’ in Cats for Really Useful Productions (The Teatro and Artscape Theatre, South Africa); ‘Rizzo’ in Grease (South Africa and International Tour); ‘Carabosse’ in Sleeping Beauty (Leamington Spa Centre, England); Lead Vocalist in Chef, Rattle and Roll (Globe Theatre, Gold Reef City); ‘Lisa Houseman’ in Dirty Dancing (South Africa and International Tour); ‘Sister Berthe’ in The Sound of Music (South Africa and International Tour); Lead Vocalist in Big Girls (Kalk Bay Theatre and Grahamstown National Arts Festival); Lead Vocalist in Another Day (Grahamstown National Arts Festival)
Television includes: Tanya in Home Affairs.
Choreographic Credits Includes: Annie Jr. (National Children’s Theatre); Seussical Jr. (National Children’s Theatre)
Other work includes: the voice of ‘Sue’ in the animated TV Series Zoovolution, as well as a variety of both corporate and commercial voice overs.


Growing up in East London with Eastern Cape veterans Neil and Pam Emslie as parents, she performed in “Moth” shows, Gilbert and Sullivan, pantomimes, musicals and school productions. Later she specialised in community theatre in a gospel context, directing a series of church-based works. As a musical theatre performer, she has played leads in Oklahoma, Annie Get Your Gun, Sound of Music, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, The Boyfriend, South Pacific, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and The Wizard of Oz along with children’s theatre, jazz band vocals and recording session work.
Directing credits include Joseph, Fiddler on the Roof, Hairspray, The Dreamer, David, Come Home, Our Town and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers; as well as modernist 20th century, Shakespearean, post-modern, absurdist and physical theatre pieces. She has a particular interest in practical performance according to the textual needs of classical plays and musicals.