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Mr Dion van Niekerk
Position
Lecturer
Department
Drama and Theatre Arts
Address
21 46D
DEPARTMENT DRAMA AND THEATRE ARTS
IB 26
UFS
Telephone
051 401 9287
Office
Scaena
Information

Short CV


Publications


Publications (Short List)


Research


Area(s) of Interest

 

 

 

 

 

Curriculum Vitae

 

 

 

Dion Theo van Niekerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                   

                       

 

E-mail:                        uszozo@yahoo.com

Address:                      72 Donald Murray Avenue

                                    Bloemfontein

Cell number:               0724775863

 

                       

Academic Qualifications

 

 

 

Matriculation                                                                    Dawnview High School          1983

A-aggregate                                                                            Germiston

 

 

BA in English and Drama                                          Rhodes University                  1991

                                                                                                Grahamstown

 

 

BA(Hons) in Drama                                                       Rhodes University                  1992

 

            Directing

            Theatre History

            Applied Theatre

            Voice and Speech Training

            Dramatic Literature

 

 

     MA in Drama (with distinction)                                 Rhodes University                                          2002

           

            Papers: Theatre Studies

                        Contemporary Performance

                        Applied Theatre

 

            Thesis (supervised by Reza de Wet)

Theatre and Science, with specific reference to Shelagh Stephenson’s An Experiment with an Airpump

 

 

 

MFA in Theatre and Dance                                 Tulane University                   2006

                                                                                                New Orleans, USA

                        Scenic and Costume Design

Theatre History

Directing

Viewpoints

                        Periods and Styles

                       

 

 


 

Employment History

 

Lecturer (Full Time)                                   University of the Free State (Current)

                                                                        Bloemfontein

 

Project Officer (Full time)                        National Arts Festival (2012 - 2015)

                                                          Grahamstown

 

Resident Director (Full Time)               Ubom! Eastern            01/11 – 12/11

                                                                        Cape Drama Co

 

Professor of Practice (Contract)          Tulane University       07/08 – 07/09

                                                                        Theatre and Dance

                                                                        New Orleans, USA    

 

 Replacement Lecturer  (Contract)        Rhodes University      01/10 – 12/10

                                                                        Drama Department     07/07 – 12/07

                                                                                      02/02 – 06/02

                                                                                      09/97 – 08/98

 

Teaching Assistant (Contract)                 Rhodes University      08/02 - 08/03

                                    Drama Department     02/99 - 09/99                                                   P.O. Box 94                02/96 - 06/97                                                   Grahamstown, 6140           

 

Education Officer (Full Time)                 Grahamstown Foundation                                                                                          P.O. Box 304              08/94 – 08/95

                                                                        Grahamstown, 6140

 

 

 


Experience in Education

 

I taught at Rhodes University, both full-time and part-time, from 1994 – 2003 and again from 2006-2007, and for 2010. My duties as teaching assistant and replacement lecturer included the following:

 

Course administration and supervision

          Undergraduate Voice and Speech

            Undergraduate Applied Theatre

            Honours Applied Theatre

 

Undergraduate teaching:

            Dramatic Literature                                        Theatre in South Africa          Theatre History                                               Stage Management

            Applied Theatre

 

Postgraduate teaching:

            Honours Theatre Studies                                Honours Design

            Honours Applied Theatre                               Honours Dramatic Literature

           

            MA Theatre Studies - Contemporary American Theatre

 

Examining:

            Internal examiner for Rhodes Drama Department

           

External examiner for Rhodes Drama Department

            External examiner for Midrand University - undergraduate

            External examiner for Wits University – Masters and undergraduate

 

 

As Professor of Practice at Tulane University, my teaching assignments included:

 

Undergraduate teaching:

          Theatrical makeup

 

Postgraduate teaching (at MFA level):

          Periods and Styles

            Designing for other Media

            Theatre semiology

           

 

Supervision:

            MFA Thesis work

 

 

I am currently teaching as a Junior Lecturer in the Department of Drama and Theatre Arts at the University of the Free State. I teach in the following fields:

 

Undergraduate:

            Acting Theory and Practice

            Voice and Speech Theory and Practice

            Voice for Radio

            Acting Realism

            Acting Shakespeare

            Set and Costume Design

            Applied Theatre for actors

 

Postgraduate:

          Theatre making practice

            Acting

            Developing research proposals

            Applied Research in the Performing Arts

 

 

 

 

Areas Of Specialization For External Examining And Article Review Purposes:

 

  • Scenography
  • Dramatic Literature
  • Directing
  • Theatremaking

 

Theatre Experience

 

Nonprofessional performance

As a student and teaching assistant I performed in over 40 productions for Rhodes University and two for Tulane University. I also directed 5 productions for Rhodes.

 

 

Professional performance: National

 

He in God and Fetish Engineering by Stacy Hardy                                                  1994

            Directed by Stacy Hardy

            Produced by Red Couch Productions

 

The Judge in Whose Life is it Anyway?                                                                                 1994

            Directed by Rohan Dickson

            Produced by Not-too-shabby Productions

 

Winnie-the-Pooh in Winnie-the-Pooh adapted from the books by A.A.Milne         1994

            Directed by Kalmia Hayes

            Produced by Doggone-it Productions

 

Sigmund Freud in A Portrait of Dora by Helene Cixous                                         1996

            Directed by Christo Doherty and Stacy Hardy

            Produced by Red Couch Productions

 

The Father in Planetmachine by Kevin Fell                                                             1998

            Directed by Kevin Fell

            Produced by Fellt Theatre

 

Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare                                        2003

            Directed by Paige Newmark

            Produced by ISEA

           

Hamlet in Hamlet and Corin in As You Like It by William Shakespeare

            2007

            Directed by Paige Newmark

            Produced by the Shakespeare Society of South Africa

 

Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

            2011

Produced by Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company

 

I performed as an improviser in Imprv-oh-ccasion

2016

Co-directed with Thys Heydenrych

Performed at Vrystaat Kunstefees, Bloemfontein

 

Kilo in Suiker by Hugo Claus

2016

Directed by Nico Luwes

Performed at Vrystaat Kunstefees, Bloemfontein

 

(I received the award for Best Actor at the Vrystaat Kunstefees for this performance)

 

Jaap in My Liewe Meneer Malan

2017

Written and Directed by Nico Luwes

Performed at Vrystaat Kunstefees, Bloemfontein

 

Popeye in Is die Bar al Oop?

2017 and 2018

Written and Directed by Nico Luwes

Performed at Inniebos Festival, Nelspruit and the Vrystaat Kunstefees 2018

 

Dunlop in Sarah by Jan Brink

2017

Directed by Stephanie Brink

Performed at Vrystaat Kunstefees, Bloemfontein

 

(This play received the award for Best Vrystaat Production at the Vrystaat Kunstefees)

 

Meneer Grootkop in Tambootie die Pop

2018

Directed by Gerben Kamper

Performed at Studio 2, PACOVS, Bloemfontein

 

 

Professional performance: International

 

I was employed by the SFT, a Shakespeare repertory company in New Orleans, for two seasons and played the following roles:

 

Richmond and Brackenbury in Richard III by William Shakespeare                     2004

            Directed by Aimee Michel

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Macduff in Macbeth by William Shakespeare                                                                      2004

            Directed by Aimee Michel

 

Antonio in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare                                               2005

            Directed by Aimee Michel

 

Brabantio in Othello by William Shakespeare                                                                                  2005

            Directed by Aimee Michel

 

The Duke of Milan in Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare                                     2005

            Directed by Gary Rucker

 

 

Directing

 

 

Directed An Experiment with an Airpump by Shelagh Stephenson

            1999

            Lead performer: Andrew Buckland

            Produced by Rhodes University

 

Directed Blood Wedding by Federico Lorca                                                              2002

            Produced by Rhodes University

 

Directed The Lorax by Dr Seuss                                                                                            2003

            Produced by Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company

 

Directed Big Love by Charles Mee                                                                            2006

            Produced by Rhodes University

 

 

I was resident Director for Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company for 2011. During this time I worked on the following theatrical projects:

 

Devised and Directed The Land of the Cranes

            2011

            Produced by Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company

 

Directed Romeo and Juliet: Remixed

            2011

            Produced by Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company

 

Devised and Directed Phases

            2011

            Produced by Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company

 

Devised and Directed Carol’s Christmas

            2011

            Produced by Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company

 

Directed opening ceremony for Scifest 2013 and Scifest 2014

            2013, 2014

            Produced by Scifest Africa

 

Directed Gouelokkies by Karen Combrink

            2015

            Produced by PACOVS

 

Co-director of Improv-oh-ccasion

            2016

            Performed on the Vrynge at Vrystaat Kunstefees

 

Directed The Lover by Harold Pinter

            2016

            Performed at the Scaena Theatre, UFS

            Produced by the UFS Drama Department

 

Directed The Birthday Party by Harold Pinter

            2016

            Performed at the Scaena Theatre, UFS

            Produced by the UFS Drama Department

 

Directed Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw

            2017

            Performed at the Wynand Mouton Theatre

            Produced by the UFS Drama Department

 

Directed Tok Tok

            2017

            Performed at the Vrystaat Kunstefees

            Produced by Missing B Productions

(This play won the award for Best Vrynge Debut at the Vrystaat Kunstefees)

 

Directed The Hate Crime Project

            2017

            Performed at the Scaena Theatre, UFS

            Produced by UFS Drama Department

 

Directed The Bald Diva by Eugene Ionesco

            2018

            Performed at the Scaena Theatre

          Produced by the UFS Drama department

 

 

 

 

Writing and Collaboration

 

Co-writer for Journey to Fez                                                                                     2002

            Directed by Juanita Finestone

            Produced by Rhodes University

 

Writer and performer for 16 Kinds of Emptiness

            2006

            Directed by Juanita Finestone-Praeg

            Produced by First Physical Theatre Company

 

Costume design and performance for Oh! The Places You’ll Go…

            2007

            Directed by Juanita Finestone-Praeg

            Produced by Rhodes University

 

Co-writer and co-director for Inner Piece

            2009

            Directed by Juanita Finestone-Praeg

            Produced by First Physical Theatre Company

 

Co-writer of Amended Desire

            2013

            Directed by Michellene Botes

            Produced by South Paws Drama Company

 

 

 

Design work

 

Set design for River Runs devised by the cast                                                                                   2004

            Performed in Room 300, Tulane University, New Orleans, USA

            Produced by Tulane University and the Riversphere Project

 

Set design for Chekhov’s Wild Ride devised by the cast                                                                   2004

            Directed by Obie Award winner, Kathy Randells

            Performed at Bank One Arena, New Orleans, USA

            Produced by Artspot/Moving Humans

            This production was nominated for several The Big Easy Awards

 

Set design for Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare                          2005

            Directed by Gary Rucker

            Performed in the Lupin Theatre, New Orleans, USA

            Produced by SFT

 

Set Design for The Fastest Clock in the Universe by Philip Ridley

            2006

            Directed by Awelani Moyo

            Performed at the Rhodes Theatre, Grahamstown

            Produced by Rhodes University

 

Set Design for Wet Feet by Tanya Surtees

            2006

            Directed by Tanya Surtees

            Performed at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown

            Produced by Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company

 

Set Design for Gouelokkies by Karen Combrink

            2016

            Performed at Sand du Plessis Theatre, Bloemfontein

            Produced by PACOVS


 

 

 

Community Projects

Below are selected examples of community projects that I have been involved in:

 

Cast member of Shredded Shakespeare, a school setwork programme for Eastern Cape matriculants

 

Co-devised and performed in Playing for Time, an interactive theatre experience exploring interpretations of Eastern Cape history

 

Cast member of Inyani, an environmental awareness production

 

Co-devised and performed in Dances with Words, a poetry collage for matriculants

 

Facilitator of Project X, a Theatre of the Oppressed experience for the National Schools’ Festival

 

Adjudicator for regional finals of the Surf Drama Festival

 

Drama curriculum advisor for the Grahamstown Foundation Eisteddfod

 

Consultant to Lovedale Community College’s Drama Department

 

Consultant for the Eastern Cape DramAide project

 

Co-devised River Runs with the Riversphere Project of Tulane University in New Orleans, a program investigating the dangers of hurricanes in relation to the Mississippio River

 

Mounted an exhibition Theatre and Science for the Sasol SciFest

 

Narrator of audio-books for the S.A. Library for the Blind

(Received S.A. Library for the Blind’s Narrator of the Year Award for 1995)

 

Narration of presentation video for CUADS, UFS.

 

I have taught courses and conducted workshops for the following:

 

National Schools Festival                              Acting, Text work, Theatre Sports

 

The President’s Award Scheme                   Drama and Communication

 

Toyota (S.A.)                                                 Communication Skills

 

First Physical Theatre Company                Drama (for the Professional                                                                                        Development Programme)

 

2018

Director of Reality Check by Nico Luwes. This play was commissioned by NICRO, a community based anti-crime project.

 

Workshops on Theme Programmes for Grade 12s, presented to local teachers and learners.

 

 

Conferences

 

National:

 

SAADYT (SA Association for Drama and Youth Theatre)                 1997

            Grahamstown                                                             

            Conducted a workshop: “Using Drama in the Classroom”

 

EEASA Environmental Education Conference                                       1999

            Grahamstown

            Presented a paper/workshop: “Drama Methodology in Environmental         Education”

 

ILLITHA Arts Education Conference                                                                    2000

            Grahamstown

            Conducted a workshop:  “Images and Debates”

 

 

International:

 

4th World Congress of the International Drama/Theatre and Education Association                                                                                                 2001

            Bergen, Norway

            Co-authored a paper: “The Skeleton in the Basement: Educational Drama, Science and Ethics”

 

“Saving Ole Miss”: The Riversphere Conference

          2004

            New Orleans, USA

            Collaborated on a theatrical presentation: River Runs


 

 

Publications

 

Accredited Journal:

 

2002. “The Skeleton in the Basement: Educational Drama, Science and Ethics”. Playing Betwixt and Between: The IDEA Dialogues 2001. IDEA Publications: Brisbane.

 

 

School Text Book Chapters:

 

2002. “Shaking up Shakespeare”. Arts and Culture Today, Grade 8. Maskew Miller-     Longman: Cape Town.

 

2002.  “Shaking up Shakespeare: Teaching Guide”. Teacher’s Guide to Arts and Culture Today, Grade 8. Maskew Miller-Longman: Cape Town.

 

 

Book Reviews:

 

2003. Review of The Plays of Miracle and Wonder by Brett Bailey. Wordstock: Grahamstown.

 

2003. Review of Dark Outsider by Anthony Akerman. Wordstock: Grahamstown.

 

 

Editor for:

 

2006.  Rhodes Drama Review (ed.). Cadar: Port Elizabeth.

 

2007.  Rhodes Drama Review (ed). Cadar: Port Elizabeth.

 

2013. Scifest Africa Programme (ed). Valmac: Port Elizabeth

 

2014.  Scifest Africa Programme (ed). Cadar: Port Elizabeth

 

 


 

Event Management Experience

 

As Project Officer for the National Arts Festival, and Manager of the National Science Festival (the largest on the continent), I have gained experience and expertise in the following:

 

Event planning

Financial administration

Office administration

Data base management

Computer competency

Staffing

Safety and Security

Ticketing systems

Contracts and payments

Staff management

Media and marketing

Proofreading and editing

Training

Travel and Accommodation

Banqueting

Entertainment

 

 



Courses Presented


 Undergraduate Program
 1st year modules
 DRAT1605 - Theories of the Performing Arts 1
   Unit 4: Speech theory
   Unit 6: Acting techniques
   
 THEP1505 - Performance Art 1
   Unit 2: Speech (Exercise)
   Unit 3: Speech practical (small groups) 
   Unit 4: Acting exercises (Boleslavsky)
   Unit 5: Greek monologues (Acting practical examination)
   
 2nd year modules
 THEP2606 - Performance Art 2
   Unit 3: Shakespeare acting
   Unit 4: Realism - acting (small groups)
   Unit 5: South African or Realism production
   Unit 8: Radio techniques
   
 3rd year modules
 DRAT3700 - Theories of the Performing Arts 3
   Unit 7: Applied Theatre
   
 THEP3700 - Performance Arts 3
   Unit 4: Acting practical exercises
   
 THET3700 - Technical aspects of the Performing Arts 3
   Unit 2: Design for theatre
   
 Postgraduate program
 B.A. Hons (Drama and Theatre Arts)
 DRHA6806 - Applied research in Performing Arts 1
   Supervision
   
 DRHB6806 - Applied research in Performing Arts 2
   Supervision
   
 DRHC6806 - Applied research in Performing Arts 3 
   Supervision
   
   

Community Service


Service Learning


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