ActorWize training for film & TV with Rajesh Gopie


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Master classes with Rajesh Gopie.
Master classes with Rajesh Gopie.

Respected actor, playwright, director, producer and qualified acting teacher, Rajesh Gopie, will be running a professional acting course for film and TV as part of his ActorWize programme early next year from 15 January until 11 February 2017.

Created by Rajesh Gopie, the course is called the Professional Acting Course for Film and TV. It will be taking place at the Thekwini College (former Springfield training college), Asherville Campus from 15 January to 11 February 2017. The classes offer a unique training style with a psycho-physical approach. With more films being made in Durban the demand for greater skilled actors has sky rocketed making this course an absolute must for actors who want to refine their skills.

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Gopie describes his latest project: Professional Acting Course for Film and TV as, “Classes are geared towards providing the building blocks needed to develop acting skills. The compressed length of the course and the focused level of study needs commitment and intensive collaboration among the participants. The emphasis is placed on the physical blocks which stop the instinctual body from doing what it should do naturally. However, fear and bad experiences which plague our lives result in psychological blocks which prevent the actor from reaching full potential. These blocks will be addressed, unpacked and managed during the course.”

Gopie is a professional multi-award winning actor and playwright who has worked on film, TV, stage and radio – locally and internationally. In the last five years he has turned his focus to training South African actors and pursued a masters degree in actor training and coaching at the world-renown Royal Central School of Speech and Drama (RCSSD) in London. RCSSD boasts an illumni the likes of Judi Dench, Laurence Olivier, Christina Scott Thomas, Rufus Sewell, Venessa Redgrave and Harold Pinter.

Gopie is a recipient of the prestigious Oppenheimmer and Guilford scholarships which enabled him to study abroad. At RCSSD he specialised in coaching for screen and studied under coaching mentors Amanda Brennan (Head of Screen acting at RCSSD), Mel Churcher (Acting Coach on Narnia, Harry Potter) and Geoff Coleman (Star Trek, Mirmax acting consultant), all world class coaches in the UK and US. Gopie has also recently worked with the late Junaid Ahmed on Keeping Up with the Khandasamy’s as well as starring across Laurence Fishburne in the Mandela miniseries.

Gopie has extensive experience producing theatre at community, university and professional level across the country, and has acted in local and international films as well as in television series such as Scandaland Zero Tolerance. His stage work repertoire includes his acclaimed and much-travelled self-penned solo show Out of Bounds and his ensemble piece The Coolie Odyssey, as well as playing the lead in Shakespeare’s Hamlet at the Baxter Theatre under the direction of Dame Janet Suzman.

The course takes place from 15 January to 11 February at the Thekwini College (former Springfield training college), Asherville Campus, 262 Daintree Avenue, Asherville course costs R7500. For more information contact: 082 872 5487 or e-mail: or check us out on Facebook at actorwize. Participant numbers are limited!


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