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.
The studio is proud to announce that all learners in the recent 2015 Trinity Guildhall Performance Arts Examinations (About 40 in total) - all passed with distinctions. James van der Merwe, Gabbi du Preez and Dana Barclay were awarded 100% for their examination work!
The 2015 Matriculants did their teachers proud with almost a full house of distinctions and some very high B's. They follow many years of outstanding matric results for the Dramatic Arts Learners.
Sharon has recently 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.
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.
Linda-Louise is an accomplished and award winning actress and director (Best Actress awards too many to mention!!), whilst Sharon prefers to stay in the Director's chair of late and has produced recent award winning successes, such as "Funny Business", "The Government Inspector" , "Master Harold and the Boys" and "Jack and the Beantstalk" (Pantomime for Pemads) although she did venture out and take part in the Pearson Production of "Grease" in 2015 in the role of Miss Lynch. "Freckleface Strawberry" was directed by Sharon for Clarendon Park Primary School in 2015 with the entire school of almost 1000 learners taking part. The studio's 2015 production was "Alice in Wonderland" followed by "James and the Giant Peach" in September this year.
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 is held in September every year.
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