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Briony Horwitz

Briony Horwitz graduated from UCT with a BA in Theatre and Performance in 2006 and was nominated in the Fleur du Cap’s ‘Most Promising Student’ category.  She is the performer and co-producer of the acclaimed one-woman-show A Girl Called Owl which has toured around South Africa and travelled to the Brighton Fringe Festival on their invitation - where the play received two 5 star reviews and was nominated for Latest Magazine's 'Best International Act' Award. 

Her further theatre experience includes extensive South African tours with children’s theatre productions Rapunzel, Princess and the Pea and Charlotte’s Web. In 2009 she played Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet Unplugged, directed by Anthea Thompson and in 2010 she played over 30 characters in the Shakespearean romp The Big O directed by Ashley Dowds.

Briony enjoys working with teenagers, as she first discovered in 2005 as a facilitator of the Western Cape Department of Sports and Culture initiative The Clock is Tikking, in which a select group of learners from 10 schools were taught performance skills and engaged in debate in order to create a piece of theatre which they performed at all 10 schools.

In 2012, Horwitz developed Developing Multiple Personality Order - a workshop investigating the tools of characterisation and applying them to a one person show (with comparisons to other kinds of theatre and film). This workshop was well-received at the Grahamstown Schools Festival and utilised as the basis for a tailor-made workshop for the National School of the Arts - where more focus was placed on connecting the theories of practitioners like Stanislavski and Grotowski to the practice and application of characterisation in various styles.

Based in Johannesburg, Horwitz is most well-known for her current role as investigative journalist, Sasha Ellis on the popular ETV soap opera Scandal!. She was a member of the original cast of MNET's pioneering daily drama The WIld. In 2010 she starred in the eerie thriller Karoo which won best short film at the SAFTAs in 2011. 

Horwitz is always looking to add to her skill set. She recently joined the Causing a Scene improvisation group and has various levels of training in kung fu, yoga, belly dance, singing and certain kinds of puppetry.

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Characterisation: Developing Multiple Personality Order