mervin marvey

In these days of artificial media hype and instant fame and success, true stories of an international award-winning talent is something of a rarity. Known for his spunky, positive and energetic personality, Mervin Marvey is well on his way to becoming one of Africa’s brightest international stars. Born in Rustenburg the multi-talented and multi-lingual actor, singer, dancer, director, casting director, choreographer, acting and vocal coach spent his formative years performing as a member in his father’s church choir at funerals, weddings, christenings, and traditional events. Soon Mervin started branching out to audition for youth choirs on a national level and had the pleasure to share the stage performing with the North West Youth Choir, TUKS Camerata, and the world re known Drakensberg Boys Choir touring South Africa and Namibia. At 18, during his matric year at Hoerskool Rustenburg, Mervin was offered a performing opportunity amongst thousands of young hopeful South Africans to be a part of TOP ten South African performers chosen by Kearsarge Arts Theatre Company an award-winning youth theatre company based in New Hampshire, United States of America to star in an international touring production “Hope is like a Feather” a musical collaboration combining stories of young South Africans and Americans. The musical production received raving reviews both in the United States and South Africa and won numerous American theatre awards for Best Original Youth Musical in 2007. Shortly post completing his matric education with disctinctions, Mervin auditioned as a singer/performer at the well-known Stardust Theatrical Dining and had the pleasure of working alongside SA artists such as Graeme Watkins (Idols Season 5), Katlego Maboe (Expresso Presenter), and Nomfusi (SAMA nominee). Hardwork and determination proved to be a driving force in Mervin’s life as he was offered a return to the United States to play the supporting-role of Cowardly Lion in the all time American golden age musical, The Wizard of Oz, returning to star once again at award-winning Kearsarge Arts Theatre Company right outside of the big city Boston, Massachussets. Today, Mervin Marvey has a string of impressive international credits and qualifications that have prepared him for a meaningful, diverse and long career in the performing arts including being the very first South African to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a focus in Musical Theatre from Plymouth State University, New Hampshire. Among other achievements, Mervin was honored as Best Male Musical Theatre Graduate of class 2012, he has travelled the country as an off-broadway performer in New York, Las Vegas, Disney FL, Tennesee, and Boston. He has both choreographed and directed over ten professional productions including two national tours, is featured in Oscar Winning director and producer Ernest.

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