Academy of Film, Theatre and Dance
of Film, Theatre and Dance
offers training in the disciplines required for a career in the world of
performing arts. The location is the Studios in
It is the dream of Academy Principal, Janine
package her 20 years of training and experience in film, dance and theatre to
equip students with the tools and qualifications they need. Exposure to the joy and excitement of the
world of entertainment is also a fun way to build confidence, poise and
presentation skills. Students are able
to choose classes in one or more aspects of the performing arts.
Janine Holthuysen, principal of the Academy, is a
qualified Speech and Drama Teacher (Trinity College of London) and Modern Dance
Teacher (Association of International Dance Teachers – AIDT). She brings to the studio over 20 years of
experience in stage and film.
Janine’s lifelong fascination with the performing
arts was sparked when she joined the Somerset West Playhouse and performed in a
number of local amateur productions before professionally “treading the
boards”. Her dancing talents blossomed
under the tutelage of Jean Parker, then Principal of Outline Dance Studio.
theatre and dance
Over a period of 11 years,
Janine was contracted to theatre companies, which included the Artscape,
Baxter, and Durban Play House, working in professional theatre shows as a
dancer, actress, choreographer, singer and technical crew. Theatre productions included roles in “Evita”, “Fiddler on the Roof”,
“Hair”, “Gershwin”, “Queen at the Opera”, “Poison” and “Annie”.
Films and commercials
During this period she also performed in film,
television and commercials, as well as writing,
producing, directing, choreographing and designing stage shows. These
included productions for commercial, corporate and fundraiser events - managing
and directing both technical and creative aspects.
Janine has been in the film industry since 2001, working closely with international and local film and
commercial directors. Her positions as Casting
Director, Assistant Director and Cast Coordinator entailed selection of
artists and on camera direction as per the director’s requirements. Working closely with directors in studios and
on sets has given her valuable insight into performance for camera and what is
required of an artist. It has also given
her exposure to the mechanics of working on set and the technical skills
required by film and commercial crew.
Janine was privileged to meet and work with
top actors such as Nicholas Cage, Colin Farrell, Meg Ryan, Leon Schuster and
William H Macey. She has worked on productions such as “The Deal”, “Sinking
the Lusitania”,” Scorpion King Rise of the Akkadian” ,” Mama Jack” , “The Librarian”, “Lord Of
War”, “Ask the Dust” , “Free Willy” and “Faith
Like Potatoes” - numbering over 200 projects in all. Working on various TV series such as the
American “ER” and local series such as “Survivor” and “Boer Soek ‘n Vrou” has
further enriched Janine’s experience.