Meet The Team2018-09-14T06:09:02+00:00

Our Valuable Team Members

Gill Brunings
Gill BruningsFounder & Principal

Gill Brunings 

Gill started her love for performance at a young age, having performed in the professional production, James and the Giant Peach, York Theatre Royal, in the UK at the age of 9. After completing her secondary education Gill furthered her training by completing a BTech Performing Arts and acting training via London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.  Gill continued performing professionally after her studies and has undertaken various work; from dramas to musical theatre to pantomimes. Gill is a published scriptwriter, most recently receiving commendation from Trinity College London, International Script Writing Competition. Gill moved to South Africa in 1997 and opened the studio in 2007.

Nicole Theunissen
Nicole TheunissenStudio Manager

Nicole Theunissen 

Nicole holds qualifications in BDram (Stellenbosch) 2009, BA Hons Drama (Rhodes) 2010, MA Drama Choreography (Rhodes) 2012. Nicole has both practical and academic experience in theatre and the dramatic arts, with a specific focus on Choreography and Physical Theatre. She has created and performed in works for the National Arts Festival and the Baxter Dance Festival during the course of her studies. During her postgraduate training, she served as a Graduate Assistant in tutoring undergraduates. Upon completion of her MA, she spent one year as a lecturer in the University of Zululand’s Creative Arts department. Nicole directed Midsummer Nights Dream, As you Like it and Much Ado About Nothing for various Shakespeare Festival productions, stage at the Natal Playhouse. Nicole performed in the HG Film, Wide Eyed and has been the voice over talent for various East Coast Radio adverts. Nicole starting working with Durban Actors Studio in 2014.

Sanele (Sunny) Sibiya
Sanele (Sunny) SibiyaVocal & Stage School Lead Coach

Sanele Sibiya 

Sanele holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Drama Performance Studies. Sanele (or Sunny as the kids fondly call him) is a dynamo! His CV is overflowing with professional training credits and experience, this includes choreographer, scriptwriter and co-director for Northwood High School Musicals. Artistic Director of the 2013 KZN Youth Choir Fundraiser concert. A member of the KZN Youth Choir. Flatfoot training company. Performed vocals for the Durban City Orchestra. Performed in the Grahamstown Arts Festival. Facilitated the Felixton High School Arts and Culture workshop. Co-company Manager for the Young Performers Project 2014: Footloose. PANSA member. Sanele directed Merchant of Venice, Hamlet and Richard III for various Shakespeare Festival productions, stage at the Natal Playhouse. Sanele joined Durban Actors Studio in 2013.

Sam Freese
Sam FreeseInterAct Teacher

Sam Freese

Sam’s passion for drama, dance and singing started at a young age when she joined Performing Arts Centre of Education (P.A.C.E) with Pat Fox and Dawn Harrison. From the ages of 12 to 17 she performed in numerous productions at the Natal Playhouse, taking on many principal roles.  After finishing school, she studied “Film, Television and Media” whilst keeping involved in live theatrical performances via amateur performance troupes and broadcasting work for 919.9Rockfm. Sam is the mother of a beautiful boy and is studying towards her ATCL Drama Teaching Diploma. Sam joined Durban Actors Studio in 2018.