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Waterfront Theatre School - The Staff

KIETH GALLOWAY - FOUNDER - WRITER/DIRECTOR/CHOREOGRAPHER

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 - FOUNDER - F.I.S.T.D. (LOND) MEMBER OF THE GRAND COUNCIL

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 GRIFFITHS - PARTNER - M.A. (MIDDX UNIVERSITY) HEAD OF DRAMA AND MUSICAL THEATRE - TRINITY COLLEGE

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 - ADMINISTRATION

Mary Martin has probably the greatest knowledge of the college than anyone. Her daughter, Lorna is a graduate, and dancing professionally overseas. Mary handles the finances, class enquiries, parents, crying six year-olds, crying twenty year-olds, absenteeism, supervision of the residences, reminding Keith and Delia ten times a day where they 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 JONES - AISTD DIPLOMA - Head of Male Dance

William Jones obtained his advanced performing diplomas in classical ballet, modern theatre dance, and tap. He qualified through the ISTD with his teachers in classical ballet and in modern theatre dance and Tap. William is a leading male dancer in the Waterfront Theatre Company and dances professionally outside of the college. He is in charge of training the male students in dance and restructured the male dance programme to train the male in all dance genres and physical fitness. He is an established choreographer in his own right and his work includes. "Home", an all- male ballet and "Freedom is Coming" a statement regarding South Africa's history

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

Simone graduated end of 2009 with her ISTD London Advanced 2, the highest level performance examination, in both Modern and Tap Dance, Performer's Certificate in Musical Theatre from Trinity College London as well as Honours for her Associate Examination for both Modern and Tap. Simone has also trained in Funk, Jazz, Cabaret, Ballet, Contemporary, various repertoires from Musicals and had extensive drama, television presentation and vocal training. Simone is the Instructor for the Waterfront Theatre School's Adult / Evening classes. With the Waterfront Theatre Company, Simone danced and choreographed but also worked behind the scenes in stage management, publicity and production. Simone has choreographed for Bishops Preparatory School's year end Cabaret and Camps Bay High School's production of 'Grease'; she has also choreographed and danced in various corporate events. She was also a Semi-Finalist in the 2008 Top Billing Presenter Search and she attained her HFPA Group Fitness Instructor and Basic Exercise Science qualification. Upon graduating, Simone began her teaching career as Head of Modern and Tap Dance at a dance academy in Cape Town, teaching all ages from pre-scholars to Adults. Simone specialises in Tap choreography and teaching dance to the drama students.

GARTH TAVARES - B. Mus - Musical Director

Garth has been involved in musical theatre since the age of 6 and completed his Bachelor of Music degree in 2005 at the University of Port Elizabeth whilst simultaneously performing as a percussionist for the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra.

Garth finds himself passionate about everything from directing and choreographing to musical direction and performance and while he has achieved success and won numerous awards in all of these spheres, his most proud moments include winning Eastern Cape Herald Showtime awards for Best Director in Junior Theatre (2008-2010), Best Contribution to Theatre Dance (2008-2010), Best Contribution to Theatre Music (2005, 2006 & 2008-2010) and Special Theatrical Achievement (2005 & 2007) and most recently Best Director for Musical Theatre at the prestigious CATA Awards (2013).

Recent works include directing the highly successful South African premier of Shout! The Mod Musical (winning seven CATA awards), as well as the intimate three-hander cabaret, I Am What I Am, with runs at Alexander Upstairs and Kalk Bay Theatre, Musical Director for the WTS production of Footloose, Vocal Coach for G&S’s Guys and Dolls at ArtsCape and a regular judge on theatre impresario, Richard Loring’s WOW Factor.

 

JACOBUS GRIESSEL

Jaco joins The Waterfront Theatre College from the University of the Free State where he has been a Post-Graduate Teaching Assistant in Systematic Music Studies and Listening and Aural Skills.
His professional credits in addition to his teaching include Co — Producer and Musical Director of 'Rent' for F.A.T Productions, Musical Director for 'The Spring Workshop' for the UFS Drama Department, guitarist for 'Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert', 'Hairspray', 'All Shook Up', `Godspell' and 'Little Shop of Horrors' all for PACOFS and pianist for 'Rent', 'The Spring Workshop' and 'Passion' also for the Performing Arts Council of the Orange Free State.
Jaco is an experienced Chorister with ensemble membership in the Odeion Choir and Voices Inc. Chamber Choir. He has extensive experience in choral arrangement and conducting.
Jaco has numerous notable achievements and has won various awards. In 2011 he was awarded the Fanie Beetge Prize for Best Postgraduate Music Student and was also the recipient of the prestigious Mandela-Rhodes Scholarship.
He holds a Masters Degree in Music and a Certificate in Technical Aspects of the Theatre from the UFS.
Jaco is an experienced Teacher, Music Director, Composer/Arranger/Orchestrator, Guitarist/Keyboardist and Pianist. He is excited to share this extensive range of skills with The Waterfront Theatre College students.

TANDI BUCHAN - (PDSD-UCT)

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 - HORTON TECHNIQUE

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 BREDELL - (A.I.S.T.D) - Ballet, Modern & Tap

Marguerite joins our staff in 2013 as an apprentice teacher having gained her teaching qualifications in all 3 genres as well as her Performers Diplomas in Advanced Modern and Tap. Marguerite teaches across the broad in all 3 genres.

 
MELISSA ANDREWS

Melissa returns to The Waterfront Theatre College after time away to raise a family. She previously taught Ballet and Modern within the full time programme.
Melissa has Teaching Associate Qualifications in Modern Theatre Dance and Classical Ballet and Advanced level qualifications in Ballet, Modern and Tap performance.
All qualifications are accredited by The Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dance, London.

 
RICHARD ANTROBUS

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.

GENNA GALLOWAY

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.

JULIE DICKSON - TEACHER, ACTOR, DIRECTOR

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.