michelle du plessis
Michelle du Plessis graduated from Rhodes University in 2012 with a BA in Drama and English summa cum laude. She specialized in acting, directing, and physical theatre and was awarded the Mattie Shuttleworth Prize for the most outstanding Drama graduate. She performed in several plays at the National Arts Festival during her studies, most notably Mothermilk (produced by Andrew Buckland) and Wintersweet, which received a Standard Bank Encore Ovation award in 2012. In 2013, she made her television debut as Barbie in Willie Esterhuizen’s sitcom ‘Vir Beter of Baie Beter’ on Kyknet. She was also to be seen in ‘Ompad,’ one of the shortfilms at the Kyknet Silwerskerm Festival that year; as well as ‘Shotgun Garfunkel’ (directed by Johnny Barbuzano) which was awarded Best Feature at the Jozi Film Festival. Earlier this year she co-wrote and performed in the short film ‘Boat Girls’ (directed by Roger Young) which was screened at the Durban International Film Festival. The short film ‘Sheila’ she performed in has been screened at over 10 International Film Festivals and won a Golden Knight award in Malta and was also nominated for Best Short Film at the British Urban Film Festival. In 2017, Michelle enjoyed a cameo performance in the feature ‘Dis Koue Kos, Skat’ (directed by Etienne Fourie and starring Anna-Mart van der Merwe). Most recently, she has been keeping herself busy with work on a “motion capture” animation feature with the Flying Circus company, which is due for release in Canada, North America, and Ster Kinekor later this year.