Joey de Koker
(1932-2014) Actress, teacher and director.
- 1 Biography
- 2 Training
- 3 Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
- 4 Sources
- 5 Return to
Originally from Paarl, where completed her matriculation at La Rochelle High School in 1949. She completed a B.A. in Social work at the University of Stellenbosch, but never practiced, since she went straight into freelance drama teaching and theatre work.
She had a son and a daughter, the actress Gretha Brazelle. She died in Paarl on 26 June 2014.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Although she had a qualification in social work, she never practiced in the field, since she went straight into freelance drama teaching and theatre work. While still a third year BA student, she worked on the programmes for the 1952 Van Riebeeck Festival in Cape Town.
As speech and drama teacher
In 1953 she became a senior lecturer for the ADK, taking on the Paarl branch.
In the period 1953-1960, she was intensively involved with the Skuurteater in Paarl. In the 1950s she worked for the National Theatre Organisation (NTO), acting in a number of plays, then in the 1960s and 1970s moved on to do occasional work for CAPAB and the Space Theatre as well.
As stage director
Radio and television
Her radio career began in 1953 in Cape Town, where she would play numerous leading roles in a range of classical dramas, serials, youth dramas and poetry programmes. Among her colleagues at the time were Ken Swart, Suzanne van Wyk, Cecil Jubber and Olivier Burgers.
Director of the radio drama Drif, 1995.
As dubbing director
In 1976 she joined the SABC as a dubbing director in Auckland Park, not only producing some of the most memorable examples of lip-synch dubbing in South African television history, but training many actors, directors and sound operators in the skills required as well.
Had a role in the film Anderkant die Stilte, 2012.
Nominated for a Radio Artes as director of the radio drama Drif, 1995.
Cape Times, 7 July 1992.
Die Burger, 13 Mrt 2012
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