Mr Chris Vorster
Position
Lecturer/ Researcher
Department
Drama and Theatre Arts
Address
21
Drama and Theatre (Film Studio)
IB 26
UFS
Telephone
051/401-9604
Office
Scaena
Information

Short CV

 

CHRIS VORSTER UFS CURRICULUM VITAE (2022)

 

 Brief Narrative on my PERSONAL BACKGROUND 

 

I was born in Pretoria in 1970 and moved to Bellville (Cape Town) in 1980 where I matriculated in 1987 (D.F Malan High School). After school I completed my two years of compulsory military service as a lieutenant at the Infantry School in Oudtshoorn and in 1990 I commenced my drama studies at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1994, I got married to Liza (Le Roux) and in 2000 – when I started working for the SABC – we moved from Bellville to Centurion with our two sons Eben and Leroux. We relocated to Bloemfontein in 2015 when I joined the UFS as a lecturer in film and television.  

 

 Brief Narrative on my PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE 

 

I have been writing, directing, and acting on stage and television since 1995. When I joined the SABC 2 soap opera, 7de Laan – as an actor – I immediately started training as a multi-camera director and consequently worked in both disciplines from 2000 to the end of 2014. I eventually directed more than 600 episodes and I was also intensely involved with the story development and training of new directors. In my seven years at the UFS, I have had the privilege to work creatively both as a lecturer and an industry professional. In 2022, I received my Ph.D. and completed a book on the legendary TV producer, Franz Marx.  

 

 EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS 


Ph.D.

Afrikaans and Dutch; German and French: Creative Writing 

University of the Free State 2022


M.Dram

Drama and Theatre Arts: Directing 

University of Stellenbosch 1998


B.Dram

Drama and Theatre Arts: Acting

University of Stellenbosch 1994


 CAREER NOMINATIONS AND AWARDS (1994-2022)

 

What

Why

When

ATKV Veertjie (Award)

Acting: Die Spreeus

2020

Fiësta (Nomination)

Best Solo Performance: Die Hart Verklap

2020

Blinker (Awards)

Best Artist, and Best Debut Production: Die Hart Verklap

2019

Innibos (Award)

Most Popular Production: Ooms

2017

Free State Arts Festival (Awards)

Best Free State Artist, and Production: Tsjechof Triptiek

2015

Fiësta (Nomination)

Best Solo Performance: Affairs vir Domkoppe

2014

ATKV Veertjie (Award)

Best Script: Adam September en die Nazi Skat

2010

Nagtegaal (Award)

Best Script (KKNK): Haaks

2004

Kanna (Nomination)

Best Script (KKNK): Steeks

2003

FNB Vita (Awards, regional)

Best Script, Director, and Solo Production: Broekbrein

2002

FNB Vita (Award, national)

Best Script: Broekbrein

2002

Aardvark (Nomination)

Best Production (Aardklop): Die Kabaret

2001

Aardvark (Nomination)

Best Production (Aardklop): Kwaggapolitiek

2000

SABC Artes (Nomination)

Best Dubbing Performance: Die Generaal

1999

FNB Vita (Award)

Best Supporting Actor: Die Jogger

1998

De Kat Herrie (Award)

Most Innovative Show (KKNK): James Blond

1996

Fleur du Cap (Nomination)

Best Supporting Actor: Battle of Black and Dogs

1996

Fleur du Cap (Award)

Best Student 1994

1995

 RECENT CREATIVE OUTPUTS (2015-2022)

 

Type and Title (Director when applicable)

Involvement

Exposure

Year

BOOK: Franz Marx: Uit die perd se bek

Author

National

2022

PRESENTATION: The Power of Creative Thinking

Author and presenter

Free State

2022

PLAY: The Curious Case of the Lost Locks

Writer-director

Local

2022

TV-SITCOM: Feeskantoor

Writer-director

National

2021

PLAY: Marion Holm

Director and co-writer

National

2020

PLAY: Die Hart Verklap (Dion van Niekerk)

Actor and adaptation

National

2019

TV-DRAMA: Die Spreeus (Jaco Bouwer)

Lead actor

National

2019

PLAY: In the Dark

Writer-director

Local

2019

TV-SITCOM: Lui maar op Belinda

Head writer

National

2018

PLAY: Manne

Writer, director, and actor

National

2018

PLAY: Operasie Holm

Director and co-writer

National

2018

PLAY: Ooms

Writer-director

National

2017

PLAY: Ek val sommer met die Holm in die huis

Director and co-writer

National

2017

PLAY: Twee Susters

Writer, director, and actor

National

2016

PLAY: Marion Holm vir Beginners

Director and co-writer

National

2016

PLAY: Tsjechof Triptiek (Nico Luwes)

Actor

Local

2015

PLAY: Die Kaap is weer Holms

Director and co-writer

National

2015

PLAY: Aartappels en Ammo (Walter Strydom)

Writer and actor

National

2015

TV-SERIES: 7de Laan (Danie Odendaal)

Actor and director

National

2015

 ACADEMIC MODULES PRESENTED (2015-2022)

 

THEP3700

Performance Arts

Unit 1: Acting for film/television

THEF3700

Film Practice

Unit 2: Pre-Production

Unit 3: Production

Unit 4: Post-Production

FVMR6800

BA Hons (Film & Visual Media)

Writing, directing, filming, and editing short films

DRMP6808

BA Hons (Drama)

Script Writing

 SELECTED CREATIVE VENTURES (1995-2014)

 

Type and Title (Director when applicable)

Involvement

Exposure

Year

PLAY: Affairs vir Domkoppe 2

Writer, director, and actor

National

2014

PLAY: Hol Marion

Director and co-writer

National

2014

PLAY: Salmon en Snoek (Jody Abrahams)

Writer

National

2014

PLAY: Affairs vir Domkoppe 1 (Pierre van Pletzen)

Writer and actor

National

2013

PLAY: Die Geval van die Mal Huisvrou

Writer and director

National

2013

PLAY: Gemarioneer

Director and co-writer

National

2013

PLAY: Amper

Writer and director

National

2012

PLAY: Buurtwag

Writer and director

National

2011

PLAY: Adam September en die Nazi Skat

Writer and director

National

2010

PLAY: Vrydag is Skeidag

Writer, director, and actor

National

2010

PLAY: Met die Holm Gebore

Director and co-writer

National

2010

PLAY: Sussie: Cheers!

Director and co-writer

National

2009

MUSICAL-PLAY: Dirk en Lindie

Writer, director, and actor

National

2009

PLAY: Die Vals Snor

Writer, director, and actor

National

2008

TV-SERIES: Plek van die Vleisvreters (Gerrit Schoonhoven)

Writer

National

2007

PLAY: Monsters (Pierre van Pletzen)

Writer and actor

National

2006

PLAY: Gehang (AJ van der Merwe)

Writer

National

2007

PLAY: ‘n Dramatiese Einde

Writer, director, and actor

National

2005

PLAY: Pes

Writer and director

National

2005

MUSICAL-PLAY: Mario Lanza

Writer and director

National

2004

PLAY: Haaks (Pierre van Pletzen)

Writer and actor

National

2004

PLAY: Steeks (Waldemar Schultz)

Writer and actor

National

2003

PLAY: Broekbrein

Writer and director

National

2002

TV-SERIES: It Rained Last Night (Paul C. Venter)

Actor

National

2002

PLAY: Bal en Klou

Writer, director, and actor

National

2001

PLAY: Siener in die Suburps

Director

National

2001

FILM: Pure Blood (Ken Kaplan)

Actor

National

2001

MUSICAL-PLAY: Die Kabaret

Writer and director

National

2000

TV-SERIES: Een Skoenlapper (Paul C. Venter)

Actor

National

2000

PLAY: Kwaggapolitiek

Writer and director

National

1999

MUSICAL: Fiela’s Child (Ian von Memerty)

Actor

National

1999

PLAY: The Life and Times of Johnny Cockroach (Marthinus Basson)

Actor

National

1999

PLAY: Generaal Mannetjies Mentz (Ilse van Hemert)

Actor and co-writer

National

1998

TV-SERIES: Soutmansland (Gerrit Schoonhoven)

Actor

National

1998

PLAY: Hiert jou Blimsem!

Writer and director

National

1998

FILM: Paljas (Katinka Heyns)

Actor

National

1997

PLAY: Die Jogger (Ilse van Hemert)

Actor

National

1997

PLAY: Weyers

Writer and director

National

1997

PLAY: Macbeth (Marthinus Basson)

Actor

National

1996

PLAY: Battle of Black and Dogs (Mark Fleishman)

Actor

National

1996

TV-SERIES: Wilde Woeste Wenke

Writer and director

National

1996

PLAY: Bang

Writer and actor

National

1996

PLAY: Bloed Broers (Shirly Ellis)

Actor

National

1996

PLAY: Diepe Grond (Marthinus Basson)

Actor

National

1996

TV-SERIES: Hagenheim (Johan van Jaarsveld)

Actor

National

1996

PLAY: Why’t Burp

Writer, director, and actor

National

1995

PLAY: Mannewales (Waldemar Schultz)

Writer and actor

National

1995

PLAYS: James Blond 1, 2 and 3

Writer, director, and actor

National

1995-1996

MUSICAL: Cabaret (Marthinus Basson)

Actor

National

1995

Publications


Research

Franz Marx (actor, director, writer and producer) is the main subject, theme, and focus of my current research. His personal view on the range of factors that influenced him in creating the first Afrikaans television daily serial drama is the principal objective of my research. The study is placed within the methodology of practice-based research and utilises this method to acquire and verify information concerning Marx as the central figure in the conception of the first Afrikaans daily serial drama. Various South African film and TV-practitioners assist in contextualising Marx’s oral-historical narrative within the local entertainment industry. International and South African literature further contextualises Marx’s contribution and places his creative mechanics into perspective. The study contributes to the existing historical records on Franz Marx’s extensive career and the origin of daily serial dramas and soap operas in South Africa.


Area(s) of Interest

Film and television acting, writing and directing.

 

Courses Presented


 Undergraduate Program
 3rd year modules
THEP3700 - Performance Arts 3
  Unit 1: Acting for film/television
  
 THEF3700 - Film practice
  Unit 2: Pre-Production
  Unit 3: Production
  Unit 4: Post-Production
  
 Postgraduate Program
 BA Hons (Film & Visual Media)
 

 FVMR 6800: Writing, directing, filming (shooting) and editing short films.

  
 
  
  




FACULTY CONTACT

T: +27 51 401 2240 or humanities@ufs.ac.za

Postgraduate:
Marizanne Cloete: +27 51 401 2592

Undergraduate:
Katlego Mabulana: +27 51 401 2495
Juanita Hlongwane: +27 51 401 3269

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