"The Method really helped me to learn discipline and concentration. It also taught me to get in touch with my senses and with myself. Most importantly, it showed me how to be emotionally, physically and mentally focused. Otherwise you can’t perform! The training helped me to achieve more and be a better performer."
"We thoroughly enjoyed our education with Stephanie and regard it as the backbone of our acting abilities. You leave her school with a confidence in yourself that few other institutions can instill. We recommend the Method Actor’s Training Centre to any serious actor as well as the person that feels a need for creative and personal enrichment."
TV: Christi - 7de Laan SABC 2 (Karien); Pasella SABC 2 (Presenter); TV: Nico - 7de Laan SABC 2 (George); Top Billing SABC 3 (Presenter); Ella Blue M-Net (Gabriel); Erfsondes SABC 3 (Bruno) Theatre: Nico – Kroes
“Stephanie van Niekerk - my Method acting teacher - taught me to be "real" on stage with the various Method techniques. I would NEVER be where I am today without her guidance... NEVER!!!”
Won Avanti award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 1999; Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 1998; TV: Rhythm City, E-TV, Lawyer, Spekskieters, KYKNET, Contestant, Vetkoek-Paleis, SABC2, Comedy Series Lead Role (Boeboe), 1994, 2001, 2007; Hart van Staal, KYKNET, Lead Role of Vixen (Veronica Liebenberg) Jozi Street, E-TV, Clive Morris Prod., 2nd Lead (Suzette) Theatre: Light Operatic Variety show, Durban Lead Singer, 2006; Decades Deelite, Performer Theatre, 2006; Mel Botes- Flight of Bird, Aardklop, Heather, 2005 ; Hearbeat, State Theatre, Earth Mother.
"Die Method Akteursopleidingsentrum leer jou nie net die basiese beginsels van toneelspel en die bedryf nie, maar fokus op selfs die fynste detail. Danksy die werkwyse van die sentrum en die "Method or Madness?" leer jy, as akteur, hoe om elke rol te ontleed en the laat "leef" soos niemand anders nie."
TV: Plek van die Vleisvreters Kyk-Net (D2 – Lourens Wessels); Zero Tolerance 2 SABC 3 Episode 5 (Jacques); Egoli M-Net (Kelner); Villa Rosa Kyk-Net (Peet Kritzinger); Isidingo SABC 3 (Journalist) 7de Laan SABC 2 (Thys Duvenhage); Isidingo SABC 3 (Herb)
Many say: “I’ve always wanted to be an actor.” Few, however, get to know what it really is. Stephanie showed me what it means. She taught me that acting is not about being, but about doing. It is not only about your talent, or your personality, it is a skill that is developed over time. During my five years at The Method Actors’ Training Centre my personal, professional, mental and physical capacities increased, my boundaries expanded, and my horizons broadened. I came to the belief that you need to be both truly passionate, and truly perseverant, in order to become an actor, because without the one, the other soon dies. Method acting is like athletics for the soul. I am thankful for this experience that will last beyond the years I’ve spent. I’ve had the opportunity to see how agonisingly great acting can really be, and I will never look back and say “I wish I did”."
I am upset about the fact that I am only allowed to write a “blurb” for this site. I would prefer to write an essay. It is impossible to write something short about the Method, the Method Actors’ Training Centre, or Stephanie van Niekerk.
I started studying Method acting at the “young” age of thirty nine. Once again, a confirmation that we are never too old to learn. I gathered a vast amount of academic knowledge, experience in acting, character analysis, text analysis, the Method technique, voice technique, directing, set design, blocking and team work. But the most important part was discovering the art that was hidden inside of me; the art of truthful expression. I will always be grateful towards Stephanie van Niekerk for sharing her knowledge and experience with me. She taught me all the techniques I need to be the best actress that I can be. I salute you Steph. You are an extremely talented being, and I will always work hard to make you proud.
"Wow. Die vier jaar by MATC was net fenominaal. Dit is baie moeilik om vir ‘n buitestaander te probeer verduidelik wat hierdie skool en die Method vir jou beteken. Al wat ek weet is dat ek hier MENS geword het. Ek het dele van myself ontdek en ontwikkel wat ek nie geweet het bestaan nie. Ek het ‘n kunstenaar geword, met ‘n groter liefde vir die kunste as wat ek ooit kon dink.
Ek het baie lank terug al besluit dat ek ‘n aktrise is, maar Stephanie en die skool het my gewys hoe om die in te vul. Method breek jou af tot by die kern van jou wese, en dan bou dit jou weer op tot volmaaktheid. Jy werk bitter hard, maar dit is alles die moeite werd. Self-dissipline, tydsbestuur en pro-aktiwiteit is noodsaaklik. Dankie aan my mede-studente wat laataande saam geswoeg het en my onvoorwaardelik aanvaar het. Sonder volkome vertroue en spanwerk sou ons nooit iewers gekom het nie. Die grootste dankie aan Stephanie. Dit wat jy my geleer het kan mens nie met geld koop nie. Ek is sterker en beter. Ek sal jou ewig dankbaar wees en jou verseker noem in my acceptance speech!!"
"This school and the people I have trained with have become part of my family. Never have I worked harder, learned more about myself and acting, and never have I had more fun than here. This was the experience of a lifetime and I will never forget it."
Theatre: The Zoo Story by Edward Albee - Jerry, (2009) - Die Lier; Rhinoceros by Ionesco – Berenger and Aprés Opèra by Valerie Smith and Michael Bigelow Dixon – Duncan (2008) - Die Lier; Binnereis by Stephanie van Niekerk – Gerhard (2007) – Die Lier
"Over the past four years I have learned an immense amount. I’ve changed a lot since I started and have grown both as an artist and as a person. We worked hard and I missed a lot of sleep, but at the end of the day it was worth it and I would do it all again."
TV: 7de Laan - Speurder (2009)
Film: It's Complicated Short film done by Auteur Film School - Troy (2010)
Theatre: Daydreams and Nightmares by Stephanie van Niekerk – Francois, Die Lier (2010); The Zoo Story by Edward Albee - Jerry, (2009) - Die Lier; Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway – Man and No Problem by Catherine Butterfield – Waiter, (2008) – Die Lier; Binnereis by Stephanie van Niekerk – Antonio, (2007) – Die Lier;
"Studying Method Acting was a journey for me. Not only did I grow as a person but also as an artist. Hard work and sleep deprivation was my life for four years, but if I could, I would do it all over again. Stephanie taught me that “will power” is everything, and if you have“will power”, you can do anything you set your mind to.
When studying at MATC, be sure to know that your family will grow, and that those people will be willing to help you through anything. This is the best experience I have had, and I thank God for sending Stephanie van Niekerk across my path.
Thank you Stephanie, you will never know how much you and your school have changed me. I hope to work with you again in the near future."
"Studying at the Method Actors' Training Centre changed my life entirely.
Working with Stephanie and learning about the Method not only taught me how to be a better actor, but it also taught me a lot about myself. If it wasn't for the school and Stephanie I wouldn't be the person that I am today. I would still be a lost and confused girl, trying to find myself.
I could never thank Stephanie enough for what she has taught and done for me during my studies with her. She really is astounding at what she does. Thank you, Stephanie, for everything that you have meant to me. Thank you for standing by my side, believing in me and helping me to become the best actor that I can be. Words cannot describe how grateful I am."
"I’ve always wanted to be an actress. As I grew up I put that desire away and filed it under “dreams”. By attending the Method Actors Training Centre my dream became a reality. I learned more than how to be an actress, I learned to be an artist.
Thank you, Stephanie, for selflessly sharing your knowledge, patience and guidance."
The pressure cooker of the stage is terrifying. But that's why I love it - the best things in life are exhilarating and terrifying at the same time. Studying with Stephanie opened new worlds for me and therefore enabled me to work with international casts in different genres. Once a Method actor, always a Method actor. I wear that label with pride.
Teacher, Performer and Artistic Director of Taichung Improv (Award winning improv troupe)
"Over the past four years the Method has become a tool that has freed my emotions, improved my trust, focus and willpower and taught me to think outside the box. I walked into the Method Actors’ Training Centre an aspiring actress but left an artist."
Film: No Signal - Amy, TUT Film School TV: Corporate Mini-Drama - Kate, Sound Idea Productions (2007) Theatre: Dis nie my baby nie - Monroe, Pierneef Teater (2009);Hills Like White Elephants by Ernest Hemingway – Girl, (2008) – Die Lier; Binnereis by Stephanie van Niekerk – Mara 1, (2007) – Die Lier; Dubbelspraak by Stephanie van Niekerk – Sunette Schoeman, (2006) – Die Lier; Icarus’s Mother by Sam Shepard – Pat, (2005) Die Lier
I will carry what I've learnt from the Method into every aspect of my life. I am now an expressive and happy individual as the Method allowed me to deal with everything that has been holding me back. I've become a free actress because of it! Thank you, Stephanie, for investing in me and for every valuable lesson I've learnt. I appreciate your insight and grace throughout the years.
"Actor Edward Norton once said: “The more you do your homework, the more you’re free to be intuitive: but you’ve got to put the work in.” My time at MACT has taught me ‘the homework’ – the long hours, the hard work. It has also developed my creativity and intuition as an actor. I have grown both in my craft and as a person through my 4 years of study."
"Jy, Stephanie, is een van my belangrikste en grootste "teachers" en is dikwels in my gedagtes. Ek wil jou bedank vir die lesse wat jy my en al die ander in die dramaskool oor ons ware aard probeer leer het. Your spirit chose a difficult task for which I truly and deeply respect you. Ek sal jou lesse nooit vergeet nie en hulle in my eie onderrig 'n plek gee. Thank you for the light. I will pass it on. I promise."
Theatre: Binnereis by Stephanie van Niekerk – Mara 1 (1999) – Die Lier
"Through my Method training I have gained important fundamentals and I’ve learnt that with discipline and willpower anything is possible!! It has been an incredible journey of the self!"
Theatre: Binnereis by Stephanie van Niekerk – Mara 5, (2007) – Die Lier; Dubbelspraak by Stephanie van Niekerk – Clerissa van Zyl, (2006) – Die Lier; Die Sewende Dag by Stephanie van Niekerk – Nicolette, (2005) – Die Lier
"Lee Strasberg said that acting, in order to be an art, has to be real. This is exactly what Stephanie does. She teaches you to be real so that you may be an artist!"
TV Ads: Kyocera (2008); Wimpy (2008)
Student Films: Gloria (Gus); The Departure (Charlie); Matras Kaskenades (Jaco)
Theatre: Assistant Director: Daydreams and Nightmares by Stephanie van Niekerk – (2010) Die Lier; Assistant Director: Café à la Carte (2008) – Die Lier; Dubbelspraak by Stephanie van Niekerk – Prokureur, (2006) – Die Lier; Die Sewende Dag by Stephanie van Niekerk – Werner, (2005) – Die Lier
"The Method Actors’ Training Centre has changed my life! I started as an ignorant girl and ended up as an intelligent woman. If I could choose to have the past three years over again, I would do it! Stephanie is the best at what she does. Thanks to her I am now an artist."
Theatre: Daydreams and Nightmares by Stephanie van Niekerk – Crystal, (2010) - Die Lier; No Problem by Catherine Butterfield – Paula and Ladies’ Night by Stephanie van Niekerk – Lisa, (2008) - Die Lier; Binnereis by Stephanie van Niekerk – Mara 4, (2007) - Die Lier; Dubbelspraak by Stephanie van Niekerk – Christi, (2006) – Die Lier
"The Method has enabled me to fearlessly explore and portray a character, express freely in performance and has opened up my creativity in general."
TV: For Sale SABC 3 (Jessica)
Theatre: Die Proponentjie - Dolly Diamonds (2009); Rhinoceros by Ionesco – Jeanne and Ladies’ Night by Stephanie van Niekerk – Sonia, (2008) – Die Lier; Assistant Director: Binnereis (2007); Dubbelspraak by Stephanie van Niekerk – Desiree Weston, (2006) – Die Lier; Die Sewende Dag by Stephanie van Niekerk – Renate, (2005) – Die Lier; Prisma – a program of prose and poetry compiled by Stephanie van Niekerk (2004)
"What a ride!!! My time at The Method Actors' Training Centre has been the most enriching and rewarding experience of my life. We worked hard, learned from the best and enjoyed top-class results because of it. I made a lot of friends and built relationships that will last a life time.
I totally recommend this course to all aspiring actors!!!"
"Stephanie’s teaching, dedication and encouragement have made me see that anything is possible. Not only her teaching skills and the information she has to share, but also her passion and attitude have been of untold value to me. Thank you, Stephanie, for taking me on such an incredible ride!"
Theatre: Prisma – a program of prose and poetry compiled by Stephanie van Niekerk (2004); No Problem by Catherine Butterfield – Terry and Aprés Opèra by Valerie Smith and Michael Bigelow Dixon – Karen, (2003) - Die Lier
"Once you've worked with the Method technique, you'll wonder how you ever got by without it! As a stage actor and stage / TV director, I've found that knowledge and use of the Method has brought clarity and reality to my work. To anyone who is serious about performance, I can wholeheartedly recommend investing the time and effort to study this unique way of working."
TV: Co-director & Director: Idols M-Net and Signature and the YO-TV Road Show SABC 3; Acting Coach: Backstage e-tv
Method Acting Training Centre taught me: my body is a very useful and sensitive instrument, accessible at any time or place; it is okay to express, in fact it is essential to express; professional behaviour counts for a lot in life; being an actor is hard work....very hard work!; quick and creative decision making is imperative, it’s not glamour that is important but to be a real, confident and conscious artist.