Shelley Meskin : Owner

Shelley has been lucky enough to enjoy a fruitful career on stage, in radio, and in television and film.

Over the last 22 years, she has played various different characters both large and small. From cameo to lead role, every production was an adventure.

Radio dramas include: 9 years on Radio Vuka for SA FM.

Musicals include: Fame - The Musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Plays Include: Honor, Some Girls.

Physical Theatre includes: the original The Travellers. Television includes: The Lab, Jacob’s Cross.

Film includes: Jerusalema, Panic Button.

Over and above her performing career, Shelley has opened a musical theatre studio called CABARET KIDS where she teaches children age 3-15 musical theatre. The aim is to contribute to the development of confident, capable, creative people.

2021 is Cabaret Kids’ 5th year and has been a fantastic way to give back and continue what Shelley believes is one of the most important tools for growing minds and bodies.

Anitra Davel : Owner of JATA

Anitra not only has over 15 years’ experience as a successful musical theatre practitioner, both as performer and director/choreographer, but also obtaining a Master's Degree in Drama (cum laude) in 2014.

As a performer, she appeared in many well-known musicals such as Boogie Nights as well as the internationally acclaimed CATS, which toured all over the world.

Plays include Ladies’ Night (2005) and Tim Plewman’s farcical Grin and Bare It 

Anitra has choreographed and directed many corporate events (including the 17th Annual South African Music Awards - the SAMAs), commercials and theatre productions, as well as a number of shows for the Barnyard Theatre Circuit.

Anitra has taught both Drama and Dance at primary and high school level and has been employed as performing arts lecturer at tertiary level by Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), University of Pretoria (UP) and Oakfields College.

In 2018, Anitra founded JATAJohannesburg Academy for Theatre Arts - which employs over 12 teachers and offers quality tuition for children and teens in all aspects of the performing arts.

Anitra is passionate about developing a love of theatre in young people and enjoys taking time out from her administrative obligations at JATA to teach at the very closely aligned Cabaret Kids.

Chandré Botha

Chandré is a free-lance actress, dancer and performer in Johannesburg. She is also one of the National Eisteddfod’s senior adjudicators.

Before starting her studies, Chandré spent a year dancing, and choreographing school productions.

A qualified acrobatics teacher, she started teaching dance in 2007, and lecturing drama, acting and cinema in 2012.

Chandré earned her Master’s degree in drama and film studies from The University of Pretoria in 2015, specializing in cinematic Shakespeare, and its context in South Africa. During her studies, Chandré performed in the Ovation Award winning As Night Falls and physical theatre production Chasing. She also won the best production at the State Theatre’s Youth Xpressions Festival for her dance theatre production Today’s Youth Tomorrow. Working with director Henco J, she starred in the comedic short film Flying High and drama Disremember.

Of late, Chandré choreographed and performed for the newly re-imagined Dance Umbrella. She can also be seen performing on stage with Nickelodeon.

Caitlyn Thomson

Caitlyn is a young and vibrant individual with a fiery passion for the arts and entertainment industry. She is a firm believer in educating the youth of South Africa on theatre, and developing their skills at a young age. She absolutely loves teaching and spreading her love and passion for the arts to children of all ages. She hopes to instil the same love and passion she has for theatre and the arts, in the youth of South Africa.

After all, children are the future!

Training: She completed a one year intensive training course in Musical Theatre at Stageworx Performing Arts school, as well as a Licentiate Diploma in Musical Theatre Through Trinity Guildhall London College.  Caitlyn has participated in numerous Tap and Modern AIDT (Association of International Dance Teachers) dancing exams.

Credits: The International tour of The Sound of Music, A Night With the Stars, Born to Perform, Freckleface Strawberry The Musical, Shrek The Musical, The Big Bad Musical and Dance Umbrella Figuring Program.

Hannah Rudnicki

Hannah enjoys sharing her passion for the arts with people of all ages and allowing them to experience the world of theatre. 

Hannah is a Musical Theatre graduate from Oakfields College. She started dancing from the young age of 3 and has always loved to dance, act, sing and perform.

During her years at Oakfields college, she participated in performances such as FOUR (2017), HOME (2018) , ICONIC (2019) and she was dance captain and assistant choreographer for A CHORUS LINE (2018) . Hannah has performed with the Foot Musicians in the South African TATTOO (2018), choreographed for MISS DEAF SA (2019), performed at the Naledi Awards with the title of ensemble member and Dance Captain (2019) and was in the Christmas Musical SANTA CLAUS IS COMING TO TOWN (2019), again with the title of ensemble member and dance captain. Hannah will be performing in the upcoming virtual performance of Fiddler on The Roof (2020) as an ensemble member. 

Hannah wants to bring joy into peoples lives through dancing, acting and singing. 

Angela Sparks

Angela was born and raised in Johannesburg. She studied at Oakfields College, majoring in Musical Theatre.

Angela has been in numerous children's theatre productions including Pippie Langkous as Pippie (2017-NCT).  Peter and the Wolf as the wolf (2018-Monte Casino Studio Theatre) and Santa Claus is coming to town as Sparkle (2019 Monte Casino Pieter Toerien Theatre).

Angela is not only a performer, but also a teacher. Angela has been a drama and musical theatre teacher since 2017. In 2019 she was an international musical theatre teacher at an arts centre in Hong Kong (Kids Gallery).  

Angela loves the stage and has an absolute passion for the arts, whether she is teaching or performing.



Cathy is well versed in both musical theatre and performance arts.

She obtained her diploma through Trinity London college and has since been part of many productions, including hosting Night With The Stars at Gold Reef City's Lyric Theatre in 2017.

Her assistance with Born to Perform has also been highly recognised.

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