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Chris Vorster
Chris was on stage in 'Die Hart Verklap' at the Toyota US Woordfees in Stellenbosch recently.

“Difficult and very strange,” is how Chris Vorster, veteran actor and Drama lecturer at the University of the Free State (UFS) describes his role as Bas Koorts in the supernatural thriller Die Spreeus

For Chris, the biggest challenge during the filming of Die Spreeus was to work in front of a green screen. “You never see the monsters and things attacking you, it is only added later on during the editing process,” he said. Therefore, he and his co-actors were expected to use their own imagination “to be frightened, and to duck and dive from something that does not exist.” 

This Afrikaans thriller series has recently been nominated in five categories of the South African Film and Television Awards, including Best Television Drama, Best Cinematography, and Original Sound and Sound Editing. 

Chris was also nominated for a Fiësta award in 2019 for his one-man performance in the theatre production, Die Hart verklap. “It is fantastic to still be recognised for my work,” he said, “but I also have to give recognition to Dion van Niekerk, because without a good director, any actor will be lost.” Van Niekerk also lectures Drama at the UFS.

Being a lecturer broadens his knowledge 

Chris joined the UFS Department of Drama and Theatre Arts in 2015 as lecturer in the programme for Film en Visual Media. “Everything I learn in the industry I apply as lecturer, and research and teaching feed more knowledge on acting, directing, and especially writing,” he said. After five years, being involved with the UFS Department of Drama is still exciting to him. “This is where both lecturers and students get encouraged to do more than just breathing.” 

With his busy schedule of teaching and acting, it remains important to him that South Africans are still able to tell stories – “in any language”. He considers it a privilege for anyone to work in their mother tongue. This is also why the symbiosis between his work as actor and lecturer is so appealing.

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Graduates to flourish at 2014 Spring Graduation Ceremony
2014-07-12

Spring does not just bring warmer weather and blossoming flowers, it also ushers in another graduation ceremony on the Bloemfontein Campus.

On Thursday, 18 September 2014, the university will award diplomas and certificates up to and including honours degrees to our graduates from all seven of our faculties.

Firstly, at 09:30, the Faculties of Economic and Management Sciences, Health Sciences and Natural and Agricultural Sciences will confer degrees during the morning ceremony.

During the afternoon ceremony at 14:30, the Faculties of the Humanities, Education (CE, NPDE and ACE excluded), Law and Theology will confer their degrees.

A total of 727 degrees will be conferred at this year’s Spring Graduation:

- Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences: 167
- Faculty of Health Sciences: 119
- Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences: 155
- Faculty of the Humanities: 185
- Faculty of Education: 66
- Faculty of Law: 29
- Faculty of Theology: 6

Well-known satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys will be the guest speaker at both ceremonies on the day, certain to both entertain and motivate the graduates and audience alike.

The events of both graduation ceremonies will be streamed live from our website at http://www.ufs.ac.za/content.aspx?uid=247 .

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