Ammera Conrad’s Story
Wynberg Girls’ High School Old Girl
My name is Ameera Conrad, I am a theatre maker from Cape Town, South Africa. I was one of the students who took part in the first Shakespeare Schools Festivals in South Africa. First in 2009, and then again in 2010. I can honestly say that had it not been for Ms Filinova-Bruton and the SSFSA I would never have considered a career in the performing arts. Until then, theatre, acting, writing had always been a hobby for me, a way to express myself, a way to connect with people, but Ms Filinova-Bruton nurtured my love for theatre in a more real and tangible way. After playing Lady MacBeth in the Scottish Play in 2010 (when I was in grade 11), she introduced me to Chris Weare who was the then director of the Little Theatre at UCT. That night set me on a path that I would never have envisioned for myself, and never thought possible.
I graduated from the University of Cape Town’s Drama Department with distinction, and went on to co-create and perform in the hit show ‘The Fall’ at the Baxter Theatre, which has toured to 9 cities around the world. I’ve won multiple awards from many different countries, performed to sold out audiences, and created new work that highlights the stories that I am passionate about. I’m currently living and working in London, continuing to share some of the important lessons I’ve learnt along the way. This journey would not have been possible without the Shakespeare Schools Festival pointing me in the right direction, and without Ms Filinova-Bruton’s passion and dedication to her students. She’s always been on my side, and I am so proud to be part of the legacy that she’s creating.