Actor, Presenter, Voice Artist
Date of Birth: 08 February 1991
Height:1.81m Hair Colour: Blonde/Brown Eye Colour: Green
Languages: Afrikaans, English
Skills: Physical Theatre, Children’s Theatre, Film-Making, Writing
André Coetzee is a charismatic and intelligent artist. He holds a BA Honours Degree in Drama and Film Studies from the University of Pretoria – specialising in Performance Studies, Writing for the Media, and New Media, Digital Media and Performance.
In his second year of studies, he co-wrote, directed and performed in the Afrikaans drama Benders, which was voted one of the top productions at the Krêkvars Student Arts Festival in 2011. In 2012 he was awarded the title of Best Actor at the festivalfor his role in Zina Groenewald’s Social Chora. In his Honours year André was cast in two of Pieter Brand’s departmental productions. He played Tom Wingfield in Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie and General Macboom in Michel de Ghelderode’s Pantagleize.
André has also enjoyed success on stage in the physical theatre realm. He performed at The National Arts Festival in two of Nicola Haskins’ productions – Chasing (2012), and the Standard Bank Ovation Award winning production As Night Falls (2013). Further, he was cast in 5 (2013) and Boys, Bicycles and (no)Boundaries (2014), both choreographed by Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance award winner Bailey Snyman.
In 2013 André played a leading role in Two’s A Company Productions’ shortfilm Kode Rooi, which won the Producer’s Award for Best Afrikaans Film in the Johannesburg 48 Hour Film Project Competition. He worked with the company again on their 2014 entry Marais. André can also be seen in the 2015 Wimpy Rituals – Nom Nom Nom television advertisement.
In 2014 André participated in Terr Hollmann’s interactive theatre exhibition Building the Legacy – 20 Years of Freedom, as well as performing in two productions at the Krêkvars Student Arts Festival (Die Benoeming by Corné Joubert and Een Duisend Baba’s by Stephanie Gericke).
On top of being a multi-faceted performer, André is also a businessman. In March of 2014, he co-founded the production company CO2 Pictures (Pty) Ltd with university colleague Anri Coetzee. Their first short film Lilith: Genesis One, which André directed and edited, won first place in the Film Category of the PPC Imaginarium Awards 2015.