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ANINA WASSERMAN

New york
Anina Wasserman is a dynamic and versatile singer. She commenced vocal studies with Emma Renzi at Thswane University of Technology Dept of Performing Arts, and graduated Cum Laude. Apart from receiving numerous awards and bursaries, she was awarded the Councils’ Medal for the most outstanding academic achievement in the Department of the Performing Arts.
Anina established herself as a firm favourite with audiences. Roles such as Gilda (Rigoletto) Adele & the Countess ( Die Fledermaus) Marie ( La fille du Regiment) Norina (Don Pasquale) Mde Herz (r Schauspieldirektor) and the Queen of the Night ( Die Zauberflote) were met with great success. Her renditions of Violetta (La Traviata) and Lucia (Lucia di Lammermoor) were nominated twice as one of the 10 Best Musical Events in Gauteng, and she received a Special Merit Award by the Arts & Culture Benefit foundation in recognition of her interpretation of Violetta (La Traviata).
She continued her studies at the Hochschule fur Musik in Munchen, and in Italy with Franco Corelli, Renata Scotto and the famed tenor Carlo Bergonzi whom accepted her to join his Accademia Verdiana.
She performed for Salon Music at Brooklyn Theatre, KZN Philharmonic, National Theatre Namibia, Eastern Cape Philharmonic, Nederburg, La Motte and Oude Libertas. Anina recorded “Parla : the Art of Anina Wasserman”, “Vienna City of my dreams” and “Celebration”a special 10 year celebration DVD for Salon Music.
Anina lectured in voice technique and Italian at the Thswane University of Technology Department of Performing Arts from 2010 – 2015. She was appointed as external examinator and adjudicates Eistedfodds on a regular basis.
During 2015 and 2017 she toured the United States, commencing in San Antonio, Texas, where she was invited to record a special Christmas Programme in Washington DC for the Christian International channel “Hope”.

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JP Rossouw

New york
JP realised his passion for the performing arts at a young stage in his life. After High School he studied Musical Theatre at Oakfields College, Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre
During his 3 years of studies he was seen in various professional productions such as:
-Candide
-Dawid the Musical
-African Adventure
-Flesh at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival
-Liefling the Musical
After his studies in 2014 he has been seen in theatre works such as:
-Al Julle Volke at the ABSA KKNK
-SHREK the Musical (2014/2015)
-A Year with Frog and Toad at the National Children’s Theatre
-Pantomimes: Sneeuwitjie, Doringrosie, Puss in Boots, Pinocchio, Snow White
-The Fugard Theatre’s West Side Story in 2017
His TV work includes a guest performance on Idols with Flash Republic, an international Dulux advert and a music video with Juanita Du Plessis. He was also a Presenter on the children’s educational program Rivoningo on SABC 2

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Nicho Barnard

New york
Nicho Barnard is an Award-Winning Singer, Actor, Film Director, Producer & Writer. He is also specialized in the Musical Theatre Industry, having directed, produced and starred in many theatre productions, some of which he has won International Awards for and received International Recognition. 

Over and above that, Nicho is the Founder and CEO of SAFATA (The South African Film, Acting & Theatre Academy), The Director & Founder of a Short Form Film Production Company NIGHTLIGHT PRODUCTIONS and one of the Directors of WINDMILL PRODUCTIONS - a long form, international film development and production company based in South Africa. Nicho is the Executive Producer & Showrunner for an International Television Series set to air and be released locally and internationally on Amazon Video. This makes Nicho the youngest Television Showrunner in History. As of 2018, Nicho is also a chosen / selected YOUTH DIPLOMAT for South Africa and was asked to host one of the most listened to Online Radio Talk Shows in South Africa, with listeners world wide - called LET'S TALK SHOWBIZ. . . 

Being the holder of two musical theatre degrees obtained from the Trinity College of London and London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts, several qualification in Film and Television Directing, Producing & Writing and having attended a Masterclass with Creator of Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes - Nicho continue to fight the good fight to make positive change within the South African Entertainment & Media Industry and Youth.

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Vara Kane

New york
Vara Kane is a professional Actor based in London with a background in Dance. She started her journey with Talent Africa, competing internationally as a dancer. In 2012, Vara began her training at Broadway Dance Center in New York City, where she built a strong dance foundation under industry talent such as Derek Mitchell, Jared Jenkins and Jim Cooney.

From 2014 - 2016 Vara attended LaGuardia Community College and received an Associates Degree in Theatre. During her time there, she competed as a finalist in The Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival as well as worked with LPAC under the Artistic producing director Steven Hitt and associate director Handan Ozbilgin for various projects.Shortly after her time at LaGuardia, Vara moved to England to further her training in Acting. Vara received a place at the accredited drama conservatoire, Arts Educational Schools in London where she graduated with a Masters Degree in Acting. Vara is now represented by Cre8 Talent Agency for TV, Film and Commercial work and is also currently in her 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training. She looks forward to the year ahead!

Credits: Talent Africa 2010, 2011; Dance World Cup Italy, 2010; Croatia ESDU Dance Star (representing Talent Africa), 2011; Talent America, 2011; International Kids Emmy Awards, Dancer, (Choreo.) Derek Mitchell; Fonseca (x2 Latin Grammy winner), Dancer, (Choreo.) Derek Mitchell; Clarins promotional Flash Mob, Dancer, (Choreo.) Derek Mitchell; Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival Region 1: Irene Ryan Nominee Finalist 2016 (Festival 48), Finalist 2015 (Festival 47); BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO (2014), LaGuardia, Stefanie Sertich; OUR LADY OF 121ST STREET (2015), LaGuardia, Garrett Neergaard; PRIVATOPIA (2015), LPAC, Handan Ozbilgin; Ensemble, GOD LIVES IN GLASS (2015), LPAC, Greg Ganakas; 2017, Short Film, Jane, WHAT AM I DOING?, Varvara Kane, Michael Gugger; THE LARAMIE PROJECT (2018), Arts Ed, Holly Race Roughan; OTHELLO (2018), ArtsEd, Ng Choon Ping