So, you wanna be in the theatre?
The Rother Swain Drama Studio was established in 1991. The studio is a collaboration between Sharon Rother (ATCL,LTCL,FTCL) and Linda-Louise Swain (ATCL,LTCL). Both teachers run separate classes throughout the week, dividing their time between Clarendon Park Primary School, Pearson High School, , PE Montessori School, as well as the "home" studio in Church Road. Apart from offering learners examinations in Drama and Speech, Musical Theatre and Performance Arts, the studio provides tuition in Subject Drama as a Matriculation Subject at Pearson High School. We sometimes offer 8th Subject Drama extramurally for Learners at schools that do not offer Dramatic Arts as a Subject, but this is subject to demand.
Sharon established the "Isithatha Trust" to concentrate on development projects and original work, with the aim to acquiring a theatre in the Walmer area. Check "Isithatha Trust" on Facebook. This dream is about to become a reality! Watch this space for more details. A website has been created for this project. See www.theatreafrica.com.
A property has been purchased and the Business Rights Application is in progress.
Sharon is a part-time lecturer at NMMU where she lectures the 2nd Year Music students in Classroom Drama and Dance. Sharon was part of the writing team for the recently published Creative Arts Textbooks for Grades 7, 8 & 9 (Platinum Series) for the new CAPS Curriculum.
Linda is heavily involved as the Public Relations Officer for the Animal Anti-Cruelty League, and learners are constantly involved in community projects to educate the public about the care of animals. She has driven several community based theatre projects to create awareness and to educate communities. These include programs on substance abuse, domestic violence, care of the elderly and AIDS education.
The pair co-direct all the studio productions together. The focus is to nurture young talent and to provide a platform for them to grow comfortably. The studio production will be held in October this year. Our 2019 Production will be announced once the Royalties have been obtained.
Several top South African performers were trained at the Rother Swain Studio. These include the Naledi Award winning Actor - Grant Almirall, Candice van Litsenborg), Tinarie van Wyk Loots, Kyle Matthews, Rebecca Wood, Kieran Mc Gregor, Cameron Robertson, Sean Louw, Bradley Theron, Charlotte Huisamen and many others. The list is growing and the studio is excited about the up and coming talent currently being trained.
The Rother Swain Drama studio follows the philosophy of : "Love Art in Yourself, not Yourself in Art" (Stanislavski) and Prima Donnas are not encouraged! With a very balanced and holistic approach to the world of Performance Arts, the most important part of the training is that the learner grows and develops as an individual. "We have lots of very successful lawyers, doctors, teachers etc... out there ..." says Sharon. "Not everyone is destined for the stage ... but that does not mean that they cannot enjoy being creative and find a means of self expression. The confidence gained from exposure to drama and the performing arts is invaluable. Being involved in a production introduces the learner to many essential life skills".
"Art is an expression of joy and awe. It is not an attempt to share one's virtues and accomplishments with the audience, but an act of selfless spirit." David Mamet