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+61 415 053 938 (Australian mobile)

About Donald Woodburn:

I was born in 1972 in the southern midlands of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. For the first four years I lived in the stunning valley described in the opening passage of Cry the Beloved Country. From age four I moved between farms in Ixopo and Richmond, and was schooled in Richmond, Ixopo and Pietermaritzburg.

In 1990 I moved to Johannesburg to study acting at Wits University. After graduating I worked as an actor with the Performing Arts Council of the Transvaal (PACT) at The Windybrow in Johannesburg from 1994 to the end of 1995.

Voice Training History:

I travelled abroad in 1996 to study voice at the National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA) in Sydney, Australia. In 1997 I returned to South Africa where I worked extensively as a freelancer in both broadcasting (South African Broadcasting Corporation, etv, mtv Base) and with tertiary education institutions (AFDA - HOD Voice, NEMISA and Movietech). I also worked in theatre and in the corporate sector.

In April 2010 I took up a lecturing post in Perth, Australia, as Lecturer in Acting (Voice) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Since arriving in Australia my freelance clients have included Aljazeera English (Doha), Fox Sports News (Sydney), the International Screen Academy (Sydney) and in Perth Channel 7, Channel 9, ABC,  and The Actors Hub.

My Voice Training Objective: To shape the communicator’s physical, vocal and textual work into skilled contemporary communication behaviour. 

My Qualifications:

Certificate IV in Training and Assessment (TAE 40110)
Edith Cowan University,
Perth, Australia

BA, Dramatic Arts (Honours),
Television Production & Acting Major (1990–1993)
University of the Witwatersrand ,
Johannesburg, South Africa

Graduate Diploma of Dramatic Art | Voice Studies (1996)
National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA),
University of New South Wales
Sydney, Australia  

Writing and Publishing:

I have also been writing children's books since 2002 and have published four titles. He Sneezed on Me and Palace Malice are now available as eBooks. Thandi Counts to Ten and All the People of the World are no longer in print and not yet available as eBooks.


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