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Vaneshran Arumugam

1st Lang: English (fluent)     
Eyes: Brown     Hair: Black     Height: 177     

Vaneshran has been a professional actor since 1996 and some other highlights of his career include starring roles in very popular comedy series, Streaks (1997); Suburban Bliss 2 (1998) and the longest consecutive running sitcom (5 seasons) on SA TV SOS (2000 – 2004). Never straying too far from the stage, he has performed with John Kani in Sean Mathias’ Antigone for Grahamstown Main Festival(2004) and with Tshamano Sebe and Erica Wessels in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ Jesus Hopped the A Train (2005) for the Baxter Studio.
During his career Vaneshran has trained as a multicam director and directed on several episodes of SOS under the tutelage of Andre Odendaal.
He has trained in script and screenwriting, the evidence of which can be seen in his plays and scripts for film and TV (of which many have been produced and aired)
Vaneshran has also lent his celebrity to worthy causes as a public speaker and activist for such organisations as POWA (People opposing Women Abuse), Masimanyane Women’s Support Centre, Ashoka Innovators for the Public, The Men’s March.
In line with his profession and desire to give back to society, Vaneshran was an integral part in the development of a theatre complex in the historical District Six, which he physically helped build, and housed Abdullah Ibrahim’s M7 Music Academy - This is the Distrix Café on Hanover, known locally as ‘the Garden’ – This was the venue for many great performances such as Tananas’ final concert, Ibrahim’s solo project, Senzo, Zolani Mahola and Josh Hawkes (now Freshly Ground) first big performance and The Most Amazing Show, Among many other prominent and community events, all produced by me or under my guidance. Sadly, since my departure from the project it has been unable to continue in the same vain for a variety of reasons.
Vaneshran is a founder member and trustee of The Turning Point Foundation, which came out of the work in Pollsmoor and provides a platform for creating access and training in the Performing Arts to create social change and justice. This in addition to being inducted into the prestigious Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program Alumni Association, which is also an agency for social justice; and of whose Western Cape chapter, Vaneshran is currently Chairperson. His leadership includes introducing a broad performing arts program to address social justice.
 

Film Experience

Film Role Director / Production Company
THE LAST FACE UN Staffer dir. Sean Penn
ECHO BEACH Naveed dir. Jyoti Mistry, Shadowy Meadows
COLD HARBOUR Assistant Commissioner dir. Carey McKenzie, Ten 10 Films
COPPOSITES Milo dir. Oliver Rodger
I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU BLACK & WHITE George Best dir. Oliver Rodger
MORE THAN JUST A GAME Indres Naidoo dir. Junaid Ahmed
STRING CAESER Cinna dir. Paul Schoolman
SCORPION KING: Rise of the Akkadian Cameo dir. Russel Mulcahey
PONDO BICYCLE Lead dir. Jan Ellis
DIE WONDERWERKER Ebrahim Ravat

Television

Series Role Director / Production Company
DOMINION S2 Pearson dir. Various, Syfy
YOUNG LEONARDO II Scarpa Kindle Entertainment; CBBC
90 PLEIN STREET III Lesley (Lead) dir. Kalo Mathabane
THE PHILANTHROPIST Jivan Bose dir. Andy Wilson, NBC
SCANDAL Sanjay dir. Adrian Alper, ETV
HISTORY OF THE WORLD Auranzeb FILM AFRICA

Theatre Experience

Production Role Director / Venue
MIDSUMMER NIGHTS DREAM Bottom dir. Guy De Lancy
INTERRUPTING HENRY Adrian Henry dir. Matthew Wild
TEXTURE Collaboration Guy De Lancy and Bronwyn van Graan
OTHELLO Othello dir. Geoffrey Hyland
DARK NIGHT WITH YOU IN THE MOURNING One Man Show Playroom
CISSIE Ensemble dir. Nadia Davids
PAD Collaboration Out The Box Festival
YOU EXPECTED SOMETHING ELSE One man show National Arts Festival
HAMLET Hamlet dir. Janet Suzman, Swan Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon

Training / Experience

Institution Qualification
UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN MA in Performance and Theatremaking
UNIVERSITY OF WITWATERSRAND Bachelor of Arts (Dramatic Art) (Hons)