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Acres of Diamonds Productions launches 20 part acting masterclass series

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Producer, director, and writer Ferdinand W Gernandt announces the launch of Acres of Diamonds Productions in January 2023, in association with Oakfields College; an exciting 20-part Acting Masterclass series kick-starting on 7th January until 24 June 2023, every Saturday.

It is Ferdinand’s vision to develop, nurture, and train young performers who are passionate about their craft and that is why he and his team, assembled some of the best actors and creatives in the South African entertainment industry – all celebrated professionals in their fields.

It’s Acres of Diamonds’ initiative to create a sound platform for upcoming actors in South Africa, providing a safe environment to uplift, transform and integrate into our culture, as well as showcasing their talents to the industry and the wider community.

Gernandt states; “I wanted to design a program for early in the new year to give our young actors access to industry professionals. My goal is to bridge the gap between studios and the industry. I believe every young actor deserves to be a creatively confident, fearless and hopeful artist. Imagine learning from the best – all still active in the industry thus being able to provide invaluable practical and hands-on knowledge.

The courses offer a wide range of topics and specialised skills from On Screen Acting to Improvisation to social media for Actors to Creative Movement and many more, focusing on one topic each week in the 4-hour session.

Attendees have the option of honing one skill, attending multiple classes, or attending all of them. The class size is limited to 30 students, allowing each student to receive excellent individual training.

These masterclasses are presented by Award-Winning, celebrated industry pros including: Keneilwe MatidzeCarlo McFarlaneZak HendrikzIlse Klink, Marlee van der Merwe, Prev Reddy, Ayanda Makayi, Craig Urbani, Fiona Ramsay, Nicholas Nkuna, Neels Clasen and others.

Added to the mix is for students to have the unique opportunity to interact with international actor, model, author and photographer Stevel Marc who will be imparting his priceless global knowledge and experience in his topic; Longevity: Navigating Life and the Industry in March.

Says Stevel Marc, “When I was told of the concept, I jumped at the opportunity to be involved and to be able to give back to the South African entertainment community that has given me so much since I made SA my home (from Jamaica) 21 years ago. What an honour to help shape young passionate actors and highlight to them, some of the highs and pitfalls of the industry that I’ve experienced along the way, and to showcase practical ways of navigating the industry.”

Acres of Diamonds Productions’ Acting Master Classes will take place on Saturdays at Oakfields College in Pretoria, from 7th January – 24th June 2023, running from 09h00 – 13h00.

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