Are you suffering from stage fright, glossophobia or the fear of public speaking? Our StageFright Acting Coaches are here to help
Stage fright or performance anxiety is a fear or persistent phobia provoked by the thought of performing or presenting in front of an audience. Stage fright usually arises in a mere anticipation of an upcoming performance, often a long time ahead. Signs of stage fright include the following: stuttering, trembling fingers and legs, sweaty hands, dry mouth and in some extreme cases, dizziness and a faster than normal heart rate.
Our Acting Coaches
Gavin Mordecai Matthys
Actor, Director, Voice-Artist, Script Writer, Physical Theatre
Gavin is a Movement & Physical Theatre Lecturer at the Tshwane University of Technology. His work and creative development has been initiated & engaged on both national and international platforms. He is a designated Lessac Kinesensic Body and Voice Practitioner ® (US), he holds a B-Tech degree from TUT and is currently enrolled for a Master’s Degree.
As part of his studies he devised a production, My Dog Don’t Like Black People, which was presented at the Dir(ACT)ions Festival.
Actor, Voice-Over Artist, Director
Studied Drama at the Tshwane University of Technology, and completed his B.Tech degree in 2015 specialising in Voice and Directing. In 2016, Jean-Pierre Besselaar worked on the award wining production Porseleinas an assistant director and writer
Currently plying his trade in Industrial Theatre, Children’s Theatre productions and Drama Workshops. From film, Besselaar has done various short film productions as well as ads. constantly reads and conceptualises ideas for stage and film.
Actor; Director, Physical & Educational Theatre Performer
A motivated and an inspired actor who fell in love with acting at the late stage of his high school years. Upon completion, he went on to study further and acquired a B-Tech: Drama, where he specialised in physical theatre and educational theatre.
Along the years he had the opportunity to perform in multiple theatre productions such as Itsoseng, Petros And The Hyena which show cased at the Standard bank National Arts Festival and Code which show cased at Arkloop Festival just to name a few. His TV works consists of commercials (Consol Glass), Soapies (Ring of Lies) and Movies( A Day In The Sun). As a performer he always strives to do his best and inspire others to do their best.
Actor, Voice artist & Instructor; Physical Theatre
Lerato holds a B-Tech Degree in drama. She She majored in Voice and Physical Theatre
Her approach to coaching is that one needs to be very understanding and put in all the effort in ensuring that you do your best by firstly understanding your weaknesses and strength then finding the best way to make your weaknesses into strengths as well.
She is fun, yet serious and easy to work with.
Actor, Voice Artist, Singer
Marissa holds a B-Tech degree in Drama. Since completion, she has been involved in several children's theatre productions including Kyknet's 'Tjiff & Tjaff' and 'Liewe Heksie’. Theatre Productions like 'Fiela se Kind', 'My Man se Skelmpie se Skelmpie se Vrou’.
Touring through the entire country, with several theatre productions, has given her the ability to adapt to any audience in any space. A big highlight in her career was performing on the MSC Sinfonia in 2017 and 2018 in several theatre productions and Radio Theatre productions for RSG. Marissa believes that hard work, self discipline and embracing her creativity will soon take her career to new heights.
Actor, Singer, Voice-Over Artist
Mongikazi Mabedumane, affectionately known as ‘’Mabedz’’ is a multilingual Actress, Singer, and Voice-over artist. She has a Diploma in Drama (TUT), obtained in 2016. She specialised in Educational Theatre and Singing. She has performed in multiple shows and received an award (Fildras) for Best Actress in the Direction Festival in 2015 and Best Supporting Actress in the Rostrum Roulette festival 2015. In 2016 she went on to perform Paradise Falls at Olive Tree theatre. Not only does she love performing but she is also passionate about teaching and motivational speaking.
Actor, Sing/Songwriter, Drama teacher
His background includes formal studies in drama and music at TUT and COPA respectively. His professional experience includes lead appearances in musicals, performances on cruise ships and gigs at various venues.
In addition he is involved with corporate/ industrial and educational theatre, especially children's theatre and puppet shows with huge number of performances at schools, theatres and arts festivals.
His passion for the arts finds expression in his teaching of music and drama at an arts academy. His greatest attributes,is his energy and use of the performing arts to make a difference in the lives of people.
Singer; Dancer; Actor
“Puntsa”, as she is affectionately referred to is an aspiring Artist who is an advocate for entrepreneurship and expansion of the world of entertainment and radio.
She graduated in Musical Theatre (singing dancing and acting) where she learned the principals of acting and theatre techniques, She honed her skills prior in high school Pro Arte Alphen Park in Drama.
She has her own audio blog and Podcast on Facebook called the ‘’PINK PURSE RADIO’’ which is a platform where she speaks on all things youth taboo and uncommon, believing that the youth should have a platform to share . She also has a YouTube channel where she documents the world of a millennial entertainer and performer.
Thabang ‘’Lubri’’ Tselane
Actor; Voice Artist; theatre Consultant; Radio Presenter.
She holds a B-Tech degree in Drama. In 2016 she completed her 2nd year of the Community Arts Dramaturgy Outreach Program at the South African State Theatre as both Director and facilitator.
Currently employed at StageFright Edutainment as well as attending DNA academy by Dr Duma Ndlovu. In March 2018 she job shadowed director Cindy Lee and the international make-up artist Faith Seuoe on the "Sprite and Spicy Food" TV commercial. In 2017 she worked as a performer on ‘’Pillow Talk’’ and ‘’When Lions Could Fly’’ to name a few.
Actor; Voice Over Artist; Physical Theatre Practitioner
Abe obtained his B.Tech Degree in Drama at the Tshwane University of Technology. He is a passionate and hardworking creative who is also proficient in different accents.
Abe also has on-camera experience having been on: Mamello, a TV drama series and a couple of short films:
As well as Theatre shows such as:
Pillow Talk, Medea, A clockwork Orange and Mosioua.
His other skills are physical theatre, mime, stilt walking and stage combat.
Director, Actor & Physical Theatre
Carolyn Hughes studied Drama and film studies at the University of Pretoria where she also completed her Honours studies majoring in writing for screen
and digital media studies. She has been acting from the age of 8 years old and has experience in acting for camera as well as acting for stage.
Additionally, she has experience in physical theatre, radio and freelanced in industrial outreach theatre under StageFright Edutainment.
Actor; Director; Voice Coach
She was also chosen to represent the university’s Drama and Film Department at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown with a play titled ‘’No Exit,’’ directed by Sthandile Gugu Nkosi. Miss Danster also performed in the Youth Expression Festival at the South African State Theatre in a play titled, ‘’A Day of Absence’’ directed by Diamond Mokoape. This play was performed at the first ‘’012 Theatre Festival’’ ,’’The Plat4orm ‘’ Theatre in Jhb as well as toured to Botswana. Donachcha graduated with her Btech Degree, specializing in Voice and Singing. She currently does voice overs, live Conventional and Industrial theatre for corporate companies. Donachcha loves travelling, having travelled to France and a few parts of the USA for cultural enlightening and looks forward to working her way to the top as a renowned radio personality and actress both on stage and screen.
Lebogang Rinnet Sekhobela
Director & Actor
Rinnet Lebohang Sekgobela is a 24 year old humble and bubbly professional actress residing from Midrand, Ivory park. She completed her Diploma in Drama in 2016 and BTech in Drama in 2017 from Tshwane University of Technology. She was casted in numerous student production and lectures' productions, to name a few: Waiting for Godot directed by Mariska Denyssches, Dipolelo Gotswa Borwa directed by Kabi Thulo and Vivid directed by Janine Lewis. In 2016 she became of the South African State Theatre's fieldworker and also in 2017 for a programme called CADO (Community Arts Dramaturgy Outreach).
Nomfundo Kgaogelo Monama
Actor; Director; Dancer
A true passionate performer an artist of many talents she hails from vosloorus, East of Johannesburg. Completed her matric in at Boksburg high and went on to pursue her studies in the arts in drama and film. Kgaogelo Monama Btech graduate awarded for best lead actress in the rostrum roulette festival.TV experience Scandal Etv, Soul City Sabc1, Thandekas Diary Sabc1 and Z’bondiwe Etv. Theatre experience Tselane and the giant, Malibongwe Igama Lamakhosikaz, Exile, She Bellows and Sophiatown.
Voice range is alto and is a professional dancer who’s been performing cabarettes in casinos such as morula sun and meropa ca and is now one of the talented dancers in the group called Diva Strides.
Musical Theatre Artist; Group Exercise Instructor; Life Coach
Phetogo is full of energy and has great presence, she is a triple threat, A Musical Theatre graduate from the Tshwane University of Technology.
She is passionate about the arts in general, loves challenges and always willing to learn new things. She works as a life coach, a circuit training coach at Curves Female gym and being a group exercise instructor at virgin active part time as well as working on different dance programs.
Phetogo continues to love what she does and also to help those that need to know more about taking care of their bodies as it is our tool to entertain others. She lives by one rule and that is to never stop learning.
Dancer; Actor; Musician; Director
Sabelo is a professional Dancer,Actor, Musician and a Director at Making-Art (Pty)Ltd.
He was employed at the 2010 World Cup as a dancer, AFCON in 2013 as a dancer, Idols 2013 as a Dancer, Channel O Music Awards. 2014 he performed at the Nelson Mandela Theatre in a production called Peter Pan Pantomime. In 2015 he was doing the American Smash Hit Musical called WEST SIDE STORY at the Opera House Theatre(ARTS CAPE). The Furgard Theatre produced the show in Cape Town Opera House Theatre and got opportunity for it to showcase at the Nelson Mandela Theatre (Joburg Theatre) in 2017. He has recently shot Guiness commercial, Guinessis an energy drink in Ghana, Zambia and also Nigeria.Sabelodid Fire Works Production shooting a series called Dream World which aired on SABC 1 he playing a character called ETC. he did a movie called #LIT playing a lead character called Ma-ADDA on MZANSI MAGIC, TASTIC advert on SABC.
Thabiso “Vetis” Malebye
Director, Actor & Event MC
Affectionately known as Vetis, (‘’the most famous MC you know nothing about’’) Thabiso is a Director/Actor/performer and an all round MC. Graduated his B-Tech degree which he specialized in Physical Theatre and Directing. He has Directed Shows in Grahamstown, Krekvars Arts Festival ,Mzansi Fela Festival where he was nominated for Best Director and went on to win Best Conceptualiser for a play. Vetis continues to ignite the passion for storytelling in both young and old through his directorial efforts and creative facilitation as part of Production Management at StageFright where he received an award for Best Production Manager.
Our Acting Coaches are made up of a network of qualified and experienced Theatre Actors.
- Their main objective is to assist Non-Actors* to know and understand their characters and their objective in any given scenario so as to be able to grab their audiences attention, win their trust, and respect so that they can sympathise with their characters.
- They are able to assist clients with spoken-word drama, comedy, music, singing and or dance as well as participatory and improvisational techniques.
- Our Acting Coaches work with private individuals, unprofessional Actors as well as professional Actors who want to improve their skills.
- Our Acting coaches will assist clients to connect emotionally with their characters so that they become believable to their audience
- Our Acting Coaches will assist clients with preparation, memorisation, how to interact with bullets, how to reduce nerves, how to punctuate jokes as well as engaging with the audience. Generally to build confidence.
About our Acting Coaches:
Our Acting Coaches are Free Lancers who are contracted on an hourly rate. Depending on the client’s needs, they offer individual coaching as well as group coaching or even a combination of both. Coaching generally takes place in our own studios but our Coaches are able to travel to the client’s preferred premises. Our Acting Coaches are available in Durban, Pretoria, Cape Town and Johannesburg, and we are able to reach the length and breadth of the country at the client’s request.
We assist the following types of clients:
|Corporate Coaching||Private individuals||Groups|
|Corporate individuals who may be looking to improve their stage presence, and try to minimise their stage fright.||People who are completely new to presenting anything in front of an audience or a video camera.||Students or learners who struggle to stand in front of their own fellow learners, parents, friends and relatives.|
|Corporate individuals have to make any type of presentation to any number of audiences like in a board meeting, job interview or even presenting something to colleagues or clients.||Private individuals who want to take on acting or comedy as a hobby.||Students who want to get into drama schools.|
|Corporate companies who want to use use drama as a tool to communicate various messages to their employees. Our coaches will assist the employees in coming up with storylines, rehearse them and then perform to each other.||Parents who want to use acting as a way of telling stories to their children||Anybody who might want to start audition for TV, Film and theatre shows.|
|People in managerial position who may want to improve their public speaking abilities by way of giving speeches or addressing a group of people or any other general communication skills.||Children who are interested in acting or live performance.||Our coaches will paint a picture about the acting industry, preparing for auditions, the casting process, the role of agents, acting terminology such as stage left, stage right, down stage centre, call back, improv, etc.|
|-||People with social phobia.||Anyone who wishes to improve their public speaking abilities.|
|-||Program Directors at a wedding, party, work event or any other event.||Any shy people who want to take on a new adventure of standing in-front of people more.|
|-||Singers who want to improve their acting skills.||Community theatre groups needing a professional Coach to polish their shows.|
|-||People who want to improve their stand up comedy skills.||Private schools needing to improve their school productions.|
|-||Aspiring radio commentators or MC’s.||-|
How it Works:
During the first session, the client will be filmed presenting any literature of their choice. If the client does not have any, we will provide them with that literature.
Our Acting Coach will work with the client to improve on the delivery and performance of that literature for a number of sessions as per the client’s requirements. Thereafter, on the last session, we will invite other professional actors for a peer review as well as the client’s chosen audiences, be it family members, colleagues or friends for a private performance which will also be filmed for comparison purposes.
We will also have a question and answer session after the final performance. The Client will be supplied with a video of both their performances, a ‘’Before & After’’.
Our main objective is to help our clients to be able to stand in front of a live audience with the sole purpose to inform, persuade and entertain while doing that.