natasha dryden

Natasha Dryden is best known for her role as Elaine in the popular TV Series 7de Laan. Post completing her formal training in drama, musical theatre and dance, Natasha Dryden is passionately enjoying working as an actress with some of South-Africa’s finest directors and acting professionals. She has been involved in such productions as Fuge’d at the ABSA Athol Fugard Festival in Nieu- Bethesda, and Hairspray in which she portrayed the role of Penny Lou Pingleton. She stage managed the Fleur De Cap award winning Die Rebellie Van Lafras Verwey and went onto star alongside Albert Maritz in a short film titled: Wildernis. In 2012, Natasha was awarded a bursary from the Imbewu Trust to perform Se-My-Alles (award winning play written by Francois Bloemhof) at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. She considers her work with The Pinups to be the highlight of her experience that same year when I Am What I Am received sold out performances at the Alexander Upstairs Theatre in Cape Town. In 2013 she was one of the dynamic young cast in the Baxter Theatre’s production of Long Street Nights, a work shopped piece based on the techniques of Barney Simon and directed by Nicky Rebelo. Natasha has starred in two of Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer’s children’s theatre productions of Hansel and Gretel and Alice in Wonderland, where she portrayed the leading roles of Gretal and Alice respectively. She believes children’s theatre to be the most honest form, as children don’t mask their responses, immediately telling if you’re believable or not. Earlier this year she starred in a feature film, Die Ontwaking, playing a murder victim opposite Gys de Villiers, who she has admired since childhood. Besides her love for performance, Natasha is inspired by travel and experiencing alternative cultures. She enjoys art classes, yoga and accompanying herself with basic guitar and piano skills. Exercise, healthy cooking and clean living are vital to her daily routine.

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