Meet The Team2018-11-26T14:34:15+00:00

Our Team

Nicole Theunissen
Nicole TheunissenStudio Manager

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. 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 joined Durban Actors Studio in 2014 as an InterAct Teacher, promoted to Studio Manager in 2018, then took over as Studio Director January 2019.

Sunny Sibiya
Sunny SibiyaActing & Vocal Coach

Sanele (Sunny) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and Drama Performance Studies. His CV 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, vocals for the Durban City Orchestra. Sunny performed in the Grahamstown Arts Festival and was the Company Assistant Manager for the Young Performers Project 2014. Sanele has directed various Shakespeare, Drama and Musical Theatre productions for Durban Actors Studio. Sunny joined Durban Actors Studio in 2013.

Sam Freese
Sam FreeseInterAct Teacher

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.

Gillian Brunings
Gillian BruningsFounder

Gill started her love for performance after performing in a York Theatre Royal production of James and the Giant Peach, at the age of 9. After completing her secondary education Gill furthered her studies via a BTech Performing Arts and training via London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. Gill is a published scriptwriter, director, teacher, with strong management and leadership skills. Gill founded Durban Actors Studio in 2007 and led the studio to December 2018.  “My parting wishes to all at DAS is to experience the joy of performing; to learn, play, grow and remember that a dream is great, but life-changing moments happen when you start to create!” GB Dec 2018