Néka Da Costa

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Vibrant and versatile director and theatre maker searching for new ways to stage stories, invigorate visions, create collaborations and provoke preconceptions.

Particularly interested in the capacity of visual / physical theatre, mask work, puppetry and music to reinvent the language and accessibility of theatre. 

Enjoys creating work that challenges expectations and questions social and cultural assumptions, both in form and content. 

Focused on expanding theatre's reach so that audience members from different backgrounds, languages, abilities and needs can benefit from and be a part of the theatre experience.

Huge advocate of ensemble based theatre work, where the director, writer and designers are major collaborators in the creation of visually provocative and socially relevant narrative landscapes.

 

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Vibrant and versatile director and theatre maker searching for new ways to stage stories, invigorate visions, create collaborations and provoke preconceptions.

Particularly interested in the capacity of visual / physical theatre, mask work, puppetry and music to reinvent the language and accessibility of theatre. 

Enjoys creating work that challenges expectations and questions social and cultural assumptions, both in form and content. 

Focused on expanding theatre's reach so that audience members from different backgrounds, languages, abilities and needs can benefit from and be a part of the theatre experience.

Huge advocate of ensemble based theatre work, where the director, writer and designers are major collaborators in the creation of visually provocative and socially relevant narrative landscapes.

 

Industries
Film, Performing Arts, Radio, TV
My skills
Acting, Blogging, Scriptwriting, Academic Writing, Assistant Directing, Criticism, Directing, Performing, Script and Screenwriting

Work history

Jan 2013 - Present

Director / Writer / Collaborator
The Juicy Collective Theatre Company

Sep 2015 - Oct 2015

Assistant Director
Mayhem Musical Theatre Company

Jan 2015 - Jun 2015

Director / Performer
Camden50

Jul 2014 - Aug 2014

Voice / Movement Tutor
AFDA Film and Performance School

Feb 2014 - Jun 2014

Script writing / Improvisation Tutor
Drama Department (University of Witwatersrand)

Dec 2013 - Apr 2014

Director / Writer
Ilan Smith - Joburg Theatre Fringe

Nov 2013 - Nov 2013

Director
The Julius Caesar Project


Education

Sep 2014 - Present

Text and Performance - Masters
Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts and Birkbeck University of London

May 2015 - Jul 2015

Puppetry - Introductory Course
Little Angel Theatre

Feb 2010 - Nov 2012

Musical Theatre - Vocational Training
University of Witwatersrand

Jan 2008 - Nov 2012

Dramatic Arts - Bachelor of Arts (Hons)
University of Witwatersrand

May 2012 - Aug 2012

Acting - Summer Conservatory
Stella Adler Studio of Acting, New York University


Where they are going

Industries
Film, Performing Arts, Radio, TV
Skills they want to learn
Acting, Composition, Scriptwriting, Clowning, Costume Design, Directing, Music, Producing, Producing and Presenting Specialist Music Radio, Puppetry, Set Design, Sign Language, Television Presenting

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