Jackie Rens

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AboutJackie Rens

Jackie Rens received her BA Drama degree (Cum Laude) in 1999 from the University of Pretoria. She graduated from the Tshwane university of Technology with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre in 2003. She then went on to further her career as a freelance performer during which time she featured in a variety of entertainment genres ranging from TV commercials, educational theatre, musicals, plays and pantomimes, through films and television programmes. She joined the Tshwane University of Technology’s (TUT) Department of Performing Arts in 2007 as the head acting and voice lecturer while continuing her freelance career as a performer. In 2012 she was actively involved in helping to establish the Oakfields College Faculty of Dance and Musical Theatre where she is currently the head of department. In 2014 she performed at Theatre on the Bay and Monte Casino’s Studio Theatre in David Hare’s play: The Vertical Hour, which was produced by Pieter Toerien, and earned her a Naledi Award nomination for ‘Best Lead Performance in a Play’. One of her most rewarding theatre experiences was in 2016 when she collaborated with Abrahamse & Meyer Productions to present a one woman show, RUTH FIRST: 117 Days, the biographical stage adaptation of the iconic, anti-apartheid activist: Ruth First's autobiography of the same title which premiered on the Grahamstown National Arts Festival’s Main programme to critical acclaim, followed by a run at the Artscape Theatre in Cape Town in 2018 as part of the Women’s Month festival.