Denise Newman

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Denise Newman (19**-). Actress for stage, film and television, stage manager, drama facilitator and drama teacher.


Denise was born in Cape Town. After finishing high school she spent a year as an exchange student in Maine, USA where she took courses in Drama and Film Studies. Later she earned X 4 credits towards a BA Social Science degree through UNISA, spent 12 weeks studying Method Acting at New Africa Theatre Project in Cape Town under Alexander von Raumondt (who trained at the Lee Strasburg School in LA).


She began her theatre career in 1979, working as actress and assistant stage manager for the Space Theatre.

Since then she has been a freelance actress.

In the 1990s she became involved in ACTS (African Community Theatre Service) and does voice and acting coaching.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

She has appeared on stage in productions of All on Her Own (1979), The Guise (1979), In Two Minds (1979), The Disguise of the Ashes that arose out of the Karnaval at Scarborough to prove that Leonardo was Right - an investigation of guilt (Space Theatre 1979), Peepshow (1980), Hell is for Whites Only (aka ’’Beyond All Reason’’) (Market Theatre 1982), Violations (1986), One Bird after Another (1986), Buckingham Palace, District Six (1989 and 2000-2001), Whose Life is it Anyway? (early 1990s), Juno and the Paycock (1990), The Woolgatherer (1992), Bessie Head’s Maru (1994), Kinkels innie Kabel (CAPAB 1995), The Trick is to Keep Breathing (NAF 1997), Oscar in Afrika (as Sandra, Aardklop 1999), Severance (1999), Goodbye Kiss (London, 2000), Romeo and Juliet (Maynardville 2000), Sorrows and Rejoicings (as Marta, 2001/2), Jocasta Rising (2004), Kanna hy kô Hystoe (2003-4), Die Van Aardes van Grootoor (2004), Hear and Now (2005-2006), Echoes (2006), IVirgin Boy (2007), Sister Breyani (2007, 2009), Daar Leef Mense Daar (Suidoosterfees 2008), Die Sendeling (2011), What Remains (2017).

In 2015 Denise performed Cold Case: Revisiting Dulcie September, which is about the life of ANC activist Dulcie September who was assassinated in 1988.

She directed the ACTS production of Red George, staged at the National Arts Festival in 2007.

TV roles include Onder Engele, Tussen Duiwels, The Sexy Girls (MNET, 199*), Two Weeks in Paradise (SABC, ***) and Meeulanders (SABC, 199*), Erfsondes, People like Us, Hotnotsgode, as well as being asked to play a guest role in the daily soap, 7de Laan.

Films include the internationally acclaimed Sara, Sara (an Italian film), Forgiveness, City Lovers (directed by Barney Simon, 1982 [1]). She also appeared in the 2013 film Zulu.

Awards, etc.

Over the years she has been nominated several times.


Astbury 1979.

Vrye Weekblad, 3-9 July 1992.

Cape Times, 10 July 2015.

Material held by NELM: Poster collection [Collection: KRUMMECK, Peter]: 2017. 198. 1. 20. (re Red George).

South African Movie Database [].

IMDb [2].

TVSA [3].

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