artistic team

Athenkosi Dyantyi

Athenkosi from Alice, Eastern Cape started making theatre in Khayelitsha with Iqhude Theatre Productions, creating awareness plays on the topics including: crime, drug abuse and peer pressure and performing in different schools. A Laduma Jungle Training graduate he has performs in Umlambo Wobomi/River Of Life, A Dog’s Life, Top Dog and Butterfly Dreams. When he is not on stage he enjoys playing soccer, cricket and rugby.

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Joce Engelbrecht

Joce Engelbrecht attained a Performance Certificate from the Trinity College of London. Her career started in 2001 doing a touring production, speaking out about HIV /Aids and this catapulted to many other theatric ventures at the Baxter Theatre, KKNK and many other festivals around the Country. She took a break from the Arts and returned in 2010 to do a short film called Lenteblom with ImagenHeart Films. She then completed a Puppetry Project with UNIMA, participated in Infecting the City Festival. In 2014 she had an opportunity to hone in on her puppetry and facilitating skills as she joined Jungle Theatre Company in Top Dog and A Dog’s Life. More recently Joce performed in Hoerikwaggo, Butterfly Dreams and River Of Life.

Kelly Spilhaus

Kelly Spilhaus received three distinctions in her Trinity drama, and musical theatre exams while studying at the Waterfront Theatre School. She trained for four years at the Waterfront Theatre School and majored in Drama and Musical theatre, her second major being dance.  In 2015 Kelly joined a model agency called Top Co Models where she did a commercial shoot for R.E.D.I.S.A and obtained casting experience. Kelly worked with children throughout her college years and has also been involved with children’s outreach programmes; Sunday school youth groups and mission trips. Kelly has been working with Jungle from the end of 2016 and is very passionate about the organization. She has performed in When Lion Had Wings and Butterfly Dreams as well as in the Cape Town Carnival Parade. She is also interning at Jungle’s Muizenberg performing arts club.

Ntombifuthi Mkhasibe

Ntombifuthi obtained a National Diploma in Drama Studies at the Durban University of Technology and had her own group of young kids that she taught Zulu dance called Iziqonqwane. She joined Jungle Theatre Company in 2009 and has been involved in many productions and programmes. She has trained many youths and people working with youth in theatre skills and facilitation. Recently she had the opportunity to further develop her directing skills. She is currently the Secretary on the Jungle Board and passionate about art and drama because, she says, “That is where I find my true meaning of life.”

Seiso Qhola

Seiso moved from the Eastern Cape to Khayelitsha as a young child. At 14 he joined the group Iqhude Theatre Productions (then called Stars of Tomorrow) and performed at the Baxter Theatre, Artscape Theatre, Guga S’thebe and for the Premier of the Western Cape. He was a performer in Artscape’s High Schools Festival and was performing for Iqhude’s programme for the 2010 FIFA World Cup events. After graduating Laduma Jungle Training he has performed in Jungle Jive, A Dog’s Life, Butterfly Dreams,Umlambo Wobomi/ River Of Life and Top Dog.

Siyawandisa Badi

Siyawandisa lives in Makhaza, Khayelitsha: the huge society. He has worked into the performing arts industry since 2001 and is a member of Iqhude Theatre Productions. He joined Jungle Theatre Company’s Laduma Jungle training programme in January 2010 and since graduating and has performed in Jungle Jive, A Dog’s Life, Umlambo Wobomi / River of LifeTop Dog and Butterfly Dreams. He is currently on the Management Committee as the actor team representative.

associated artists

  • Justin Stuart
  • Monique Fagan
  • Stuart Palmer
  • Yandiswa Mazwana
  • Andy Jones
  • Jessica Mias-Jones
  • Jannous Aukema

other artists who have worked with Jungle Theatre

  • Andrea Dondolo
  • Angela MacPherson
  • Aphiwe Ntulo
  • Brent Palmer
  • Brian De Goede
  • Christian Bennett
  • Daniel Guy Barnett
  • Faniswa Yisa
  • Stacey Francke
  • Nokubonga Jita
  • Asiphe Lili
  • Friso Quentemeijer
  • Haidee Crowe
  • Heather Mac
  • Jamie Jupiter
  • Jaqueline Dommisse
  • Kay-Lee Esterhuizen
  • Marika Lelani Williams
  • Mbuso Shandu
  • Mfundo Hashe
  • Candice Waries
  • George Mkhululi Smith
  • Natasha Barclay
  • Nelson Chileshe Musonda
  • Nimray Kruger
  • Nkosinathi Dolomba
  • Simric Yarrow
  • Soren Kaspersinski
  • Thembani Luzipho
  • Vuyolwethu Stuurman
  • Unathi Speelman
  • Lernice Parker
  • Cebisa Fubesi


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