Maralin Vanrenen, University of Cape Town trained, started her career as an actress, at the original Space Theatre Company with Yvonne Bryceland and Atholl Fugard, in 1972.
Initially concentrating her career on acting she played many leading roles in Shakespeare, Farce, Drama, Cabaret, Musicals and in Experimental Theatre Projects. Although she picked up numerous Acting nominations along the way, Maralin’s main focus of attention, in recent years has been on writing and directing. At one time she had five different productions running at the same time in various parts of the country.
In 2013 she received a Lifetime Achievement award for her 30 years in theatre. Her recent stage adaptation, I have life- Alison’s Journey highlights the plight of women in society. Maralin Vanrenen says, the intention of the play was to show how it “is the responsibility of us all to change the state of society” when it comes to the issue of violence against women.
Tara Notcutt is a South African writer, director and producer. She received her BA in theatre and performance at the University of Cape Town and co-founded the company The Pink Couch in 2009, where she is currently the artistic director.
Notcutt was invited to perform ‘…miskien’ at the Amsterdam Fringe 2011 and Fringe World in Perth 2012. In 2011, she was also part of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab in New York, where she worked with some of the world’s leading young directors. “I have never felt as proudly South African as I did when I was there. We live in an amazing country of incredible opportunity and I wouldn’t want to work anywhere else in the world.”
Warona Seane graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1999 and has since been involved in numerous Theatre, Film and Television projects as an actress and a writer.
She performed in For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/ When The Rainbow Is Enuf which won the cast a Fleur Du Cap Award for best performance in a musical/revue in 2002. As the lead in Nongogo she won a Naledi nomination for best actress in 2006. Her stories and poetry appear in Ink @ Boiling Point. She has taught at Wits School of Arts, and performance studies at the Market Theatre Laboratory and has presented at the Black Women in the Performing Arts Conference: Volume 1 organised by The Steve Biko Centre.