Nymph Kellerman Freelance Stage Director and Playwright Pretoria, South Africa
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SNIPPETS FROM PLAYS AVAILABLE FOR HIRE
FROM "DIARY OF A MADMAN" a short story by Gogol, stage adaptation and writing by Nymph Kellerman A one-man one-act play that centers on the life of the schizophrenic Poprishchin, a low-ranking Russian civil servant during the 19th century. He desires to be noticed by the lovely daughter of the director with whom he has fallen in love. His diary records his gradual slide into insanity. As the insanity intensifies, he begins to believe himself to be the heir to the throne of Spain. When he is hauled off, ill-treated and abused by the authorities, the madman believes he is taking part in an unusual initiation to the Spanish throne. Only in his madness does this humble anti-hero accomplish greatness.
Madman: "Mother! Mother, can you see me? Here I am, on the cloud outside your window, you only need to look up! Please save your unhappy son! Let your tears fall on his brain-sick head and do not hesitate to weep for him. Weep all the tears that you have, mother, do not hold any back..... And hold your son tight.... hold him tight mother, for there is no place for him in this world any more, only the warm spot against your breasts can save him..... Mother, have pity on your demented child...... the cold water on his head has become the sword that kills him slowly.... there is nothing left of him...... nothing......" FOR MORE INFORMATION, CLICK ON "PLAYS FOR HIRE"
From "The Cry of Winnie Mandela" at the Pretoria City Hall, Pretoria, South Africa in 2010 (please see page "Winnie Show"
MY VISION My vision is artists who are resourceful in positioning themselves within the performing arts industry. To be successful in the arts in South Africa, it is necessary to understand the various options available, become innovative in finding gaps in the market, and to take the initiative in finding work where none exists. My vision is further, the provision of a stage for our artists who qualify in the fields of Drama, Dancing, Music and Singing and to enable them to perform in plays, musicals and concerts in a wide variety of productions.
PROFILE OF NYMPH KELLERMAN
Nymph Kellerman has been in the Performing Arts since the beginning of the 80’s as singer and actress. She studied Drama and Opera at the University of South Africa and The Academy for Drama Art in Cape Town where she obtained her Licentiate in Drama Art. She trained as formal singer under various renowned vocal advisers such as internationally known Fred Dalberg (Nico Malan Opera House in Cape Town), Sarie Lamprecht (SABC South African Broadcast Corporation, Johannesburg), internationally known George Fourie (PACT Pretoria who was known as the world’s greatest Rigoletto) and did her Master classes in opera in London with world renowned Dame Vera Roza Nordell (Covent Garden Opera House London with an OBE from the Queen of England). After completion of her Master Classes she stayed on in London to work and perform in various recitals.Her singing career included touring with the British singing couple Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth for a couple of years, performing in a variety of operettes, musicals and recitals. As a freelance singer she sang in operas such as Samson and Delilah (Saint Saens), Carmen (Bizet) and understudied Joan Carlyle as Mimi in La Boheme (Puccini) for CAPAB. In Johannesburg she performed the lead in oratorios such as Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and Mendellsohn’s Elijah (mezzo part). She lived in London where she performed in a variety of shows and recitals.
On returning to South Africa, she joined the SABC (South African Broadcasting Corporation), completed its internal Video/Film directing course and held a position as video director in the 90’s for TV1's Music and Variety Department and produced a variety of musicals and music videos for over a period of ten years.
Her acting career included romantic leads in stage productions such as Shakespeare's “Macbeth” and “Twelfth night”, the Greek tragedy “Iphigenia in Aulis” by Euripides, “Ai tog die vroumense” by Joan Retief, “Sakke vol geld”, “Die drie van der Walts” by EA Schlegemann, “Yerma”by Garcia Lorca. Her television performances include “Klagstaat” for Dirk de Villiers and “Die ryk weduwee” for Jan Prinsloo. Her freelance radio career included various drama series under direction of Robert Young, Paul Eilers and Jan Prinsloo.
Her writing career includes two books on Christian Mysticism “Whisper of the gales” and “The road to Damascus”, various articles on the same subject, the Music Drama “The cry of Winnie Mandela”, “Jesus the Crucified”, “His Name is Jesus” and stage adaptations of “Diary of a madman” by Nikilai Gogol and Guy de Maupassant. Most recent Music Play is “Thula Thulani” which was written for Eastern Europe and will be touring there early in 2018.
Her clients for script writing in South Africa, are from the Performance Arts arena in Johannesburg/Pretoria area. For example, her client for the Passion Play “Jesus the Crucified” that was performed four years in a row, was the South African concert-organist Eddie Davey. The Christmas Play “His Name is Jesus”, was a commissioned work from Bheki Langa, founder of the wellknown Tshwane Gospel Choir. She has done a stage adaptation of Prof Njabulo Ndebele's book “The cry of Winnie Mandela” (at the time he was Vice-Chancelor of the University of Cape Town and together with Prof. Meki Nzewi from the University of Pretoria, they created a Music-Drama with the same title, with permission from Prof. Ndebele. She wrote the script, Prof. Nzewi the music and the client was the City of Tshwane to be performed during the 2010 International Soccer year which was held in South Africa. Her most recent work “The tale of Two Lions” was written for a client from Eastern Europe, Mr. Igor Subakov from Yugoslavia who wants to take an African show over to tour Eastern Europe. She was introduced to Mr. Subakov by Mr. Ali Mpofu, CEO of Ukhamba Multimedia Productions.
Other than the above, she writes short plays for Wildlife conservation and Animal Rights when a short play is needed. Her clients are Mrs Alexia Trombas, CEO of Southern African Fight for Rhinos and Mrs. Sarah Silverstone, founder of United Against Animal Poaching. She has also done quite a few Liturgical short plays when approached by Ministers of Religion.
Amongst stage productions directed by her, were shows such as the Music Drama “The cry of Winnie Mandela”, the stage adaptation of Guy de Maupassant's “Diary of a madman”, “Stormy Weather” with prisoners of the Pretoria Central Prison, “Labola”, a showcase of African Theatre as prelude to the Young Ambassadors of America's (BYU)'s musical “Harmony, the music of life”. She also directed the Passion play “Jesus the Crucified” and the Christmas Play “His Name is Jesus”.
Facilitator of various community development projects in Pretoriafor the City of Tshwane and Local Government where she did skills development with young people from a disadvantaged background, prisoners and street children for a career in the performing arts.
An investigation and double-blind research project on the effect of music as a healing agent followed at the Garden City Clinic in Johannesburg (1991-1995) on patients under adequate anaesthesia (The effect of Music on patients under Adequate Anaesthesia - Kellerman et al 1995). The success rate in pain reduction and speeding up of recovery period was as high as 80%. (Statistics done by Dr.Jackie Galpin, University of the Witwatersrand 1995).
Apart from the Performing Arts, Nymph is deeply passionate about Nature and Animal Rights Activism and Veganism. She is available for writing and directing plays for Animal Rights and Veganism.
More about the directing of previous plays: Acting, dancing, instrumentalists, singing, choirs and guest speakers on a wide variety of interesting subjects 1.ACTING: A few examples of full length plays: 1. THE BODY IN THE BASEMENT by Alex Broun (Drama) 2. BEYOND THE HORIZON by Eugene O’Neill (Drama 3. MISS JULIE by August Strindberg (Drama) 3. THE SEAGULL by Anton Chekhov (Drama) 4. THE JACARANDA TREE by Alex Broun (Drama)
Amongst many others, our short plays include: 1. THE ACTRESS’ DILEMMA by Alex Broun (Comedy) 2. PIMPLES AND OTHER DISTRACTIONS by Unknown Author (Comedy) 3. A MATTER OF HUSBANDS – by Ferenc Molnar, translated by Benjamin Glazer (Comedy) 4. THE BED OF ANTHONY BRUNSDON by Alex Broun 5. THE WITCH OF COOS by Robert Frost 6. THE PHILOSOPHER OF BUTTERBIGGENS by Harold Chapin 7. PORCELAIN AND PINK by Scott Fitzgerald 2.POETRY: Our popular Poetry Evenings include music and dancing – an example of this type of entertainment is: I CRIED WHEN THE SUN BROKE DOWN An hour of intense poetry, dancing and singing Directed by Nymph Kellerman The show is visually pleasing and emotionally touching.The poems are sincere and intensely expressed by its performers.The theme is “expressive pain” and the poems range from the pain of life on the street, a broken relationship, the death of a mother, the absence of a parent and the debilitating confusion of life in contemporary times. 3.DANCING: We offer the following genres in dancing: 1. Afro-fusion dancing 2. Traditional Zulu dancing 3. Gumboot dancing 4. Pantsula dancing 4. MUSIC African Classical Drumming Marimba music Choirs – traditional, mixed, male and Gospel
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