Lisa is an actress, conceptual surrealism fine artist and graphic designer from South Africa. She completed her Advanced Performance Diploma through Trinity Guildhall and completed her photography and graphic design Higher Diploma through 5D College of Visual Arts. She performed in various stage plays for EADS and PATO Productions. Performed in Industrial Theatre pieces for Central Gauteng Mental Health Society and Roll Up Theatre. Lisa has co-founded Paracosm Pictures, an independent film company, where she writes and acts in various films. She has also done voice over recordings for student projects as well as a short film. She has proven her Butoh skills by dancing in the Actors Centre's swan song production: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus. Lisa has received awards for fine arts, a best actress award in a leading role at the EADS One Act Play Festival , as well as a nomination for supporting actress in a play at the same festival.
Name: Lisa Nightshade
Lives in: Johannesburg, South Africa
Unique traits: Moonlighting as Graphic Designer and Fine Artist
Hit & Match
Theater by PATO Productions, Johan Van Rooyen (Comedy) Support: Violet & Sharon Cooper Williams, a hitman, who's on the hunt for a different target: love. Throw in rivals, awkward dates with women all with varying personalities, hilarious situations, and a chauvinistic mentor who believes that love only originates from below the belt, and you have a recipe that shows love isn't as easy as it seems. Written by Michael Hagins. Performed at EADS & EADS One Act Play Festival, Franklin Players Festival. Performed as Love Runs Out at the Joburg Fringe Theatre, Live Arts Little Theatre. To be performed at the National Arts Festival
Theater by PATO Productions, Johan Van Rooyen (Drama) Lead: Vera A ruptured version of what love can become. We meet a seemingly perfect couple, Michael and Vera. However, during a party with their best friend, Ferdinand Vanek, we see their descent into a hole of despair as their facade of happiness slowly morphs into a desperate display where love has long run out. Performed as Love Runs Out alongside Hit & Match at the Joburg Fringe Theatre and Live Arts Little Theatre
Film (short) by Paracosm Pictures, Emile Nightshade (Horror) Support: Annabelle & Creature A man on the brink of madness reaches out for help from a psychiatrist about his irrational fear. He desperately tries to figure out if it is all in his head or if the fear is real. Original story & special effects makeup by Lisa Nightshade.
Voice-over by Vega, Darren Meltz Characters: Sophia, Announcer. First year student radio advert for AshleyMadison.com
Voice-over by Vega, Darren Meltz Student project Radio advert for Console Glass
Film (short) by Paracosm Pictures, Emile Meyer (Comedy) Support: The Auditioner A struggling actor has finally booked an audition, only to discover it is not what he anticipated.
Film (short) by Paracosm Pictures, Emile Meyer (Comedy) Ensemble: Cordelia A mockumentary about a bunch of wannabe actors who audition for a role in the local amateur dramatic group's play. Personalities clash and everyone waits with bated breath on the outcome of their audition.
Voice-over by DDB, Darren Meltz Announcer First year student project written by Kholofelo Mamabolo: A Converse radio advert
Be the Bond Girl
Voice-over by Vega, Darren Meltz (Drama and Adult) Characters: Natalia, Announcer. First year student project, written by Jenna Cook: Radio advert for AshleyMadison.com
The Pumping Pool Boy
Voice-over by Vega, Darren Meltz Characters: Mrs. Scarlett, Announcer. First year student project, written by Jenna Cook: AshleyMadison.com
Voice-over by Vega, Darren Meltz Character: Mother. First year student project. Radio advertisement.
People Are Living There
Theater by Johan Van Rooyen, EADS (Drama) Support: Sissy The three main characters in this penetrating psychological study of frustration and loneliness spend an evening together in the kitchen of the cheap Johannesburg boarding house where they live. Written by Athol Fugard
Game of Love
Film (short) by Roll Up Theatre, Anne Taylor Guest Appearance Character: Nina. 48Hour Film Project. A South African take on Romeo and Juliet. A big rugby match has just taken place between the Capulets and Montaques. The lovers have find each other amidst the chaos of a bar, meddling friends and a very inebriated Capulet.
Chase Me Comrade
Theater by EADS, Denny Lockwood (Comedy) Lead: Nancy Rimmington Chase Me, Comrade! is a hilarious British farce written by Ray Cooney, inspired by the true story of Rudolf Nureyev, a famous Russian ballet dancer, who defected to the West in the 1960s. Nancy Rimmington is the daughter of the famous Commander Rimmington of the British Navy. One day, her friend, Alicia Courtney, arrives at her house and explains that she has assisted the Russian ballet dancer, Petrovyan, in defecting, and that he is at the moment in the trunk of her car. Nancy and Alicia have to distract Nancy's father while they sneak him into the house. He ends up going fishing, but then an official arrives with a letter for him. Gerry Buss, Nancy's fiancee, ends up impersonating him, and all hell breaks out. Ultimately, with all the craziness going on and an aborted escape attempt through the chimney, Petrovyan decides that it would be better to go back to the sanity of the state control in Moscow rather than live in crazy Britain.
Theater by Edenvale Acting & Drama Society, Various (Family) Ensemble Divas: Cher, Those Were the Days & Master of The House: Chorus and Little Red Riding Hood
Theater by Edenvale Acting & Drama Society, Johan Van Rooyen (Drama) Lead: Vera Unveiling is the second part of Vaclav Havel's Vanek trilogy. Like Audience, it's a satirical look at everyday life in former Soviet Czechoslovakia. The play finds the playwright Ferdinand Vanek, the author's comical alter ego, visiting a couple of friends, Vera and Michael, at the unveiling of their newly-decorated apartment.
Film (short) by 48 Hour Film Project, Johannesburg (Comedy) Support: Anelda Mphela A dark comedy about a cookie salesman that knocks on the wrong door. He thinks he is responsible for the death of the home owner after she ate one of his cookies and desperately tries to cover his tracks, only to be busted by a dictionary sales woman. However, the owner is narcoleptic and he didn't actually kill her, but ended up killing the sales woman, who died of an allergic reaction to one of his cookies.
Peter Pan: The Pantomime
Theater by Edenvale Acting & Drama Society, Carole Churm (Family) Ensemble Little White Dove & a Mermaid
Madness Revealed: Chasun's Story
Industrial by Central Gauteng Mental Health Society, Themba Mongwe & Charlene Sunkel (Biography) Lead: Chasun An Industrial theater piece based on the true life story of Charlene Sunkel about discovering and living with Schizophrenia.
Film (short) by Jacobus Smit (Crime) Guest Apperance Character: News Reader
Madness Revealed: Michael's Story
Industrial by Central Gauteng Mental Health Society, Charlene Sunkel (Drama) Support: Dr Marais Based on the true life story of Michael Chatwind, who was crippled by depression and how he has learned to cope with it. It teaches the audience about the steps one can take to live a meaningful life when suffering mental illness.
Theater by Edenvale Acting & Drama Society, Roger Hazel (Comedy) Support: Patsy This is an amusing, subtle parody of the backstage goings-on of an amateur Dramatic society. While N.J. Warburton's play Don't Blame It On the Boots centred on the onstage difficulties of the amateur Dramatic society's production of Hamlet, here we see the stage crew struggling to play their part against all the odds.
The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
Theater by The Actors Centre, Steven Feinstein (Drama) Dance, Ensemble Butoh Dancer: A devil damned in hell Frustrated with the limits of his knowledge, 16th-century scholar Dr. Faustus calls upon Lucifer, offering his soul in return for 24 years of hedonism and invincibility. Offered the services of Mephistopheles, a satanic servant, Faustus indulges all of his whims, from insulting the pope while invisible to making love to Helen of Troy. As time passes, the prospect of eternal torment begins to eat away at Faustus.
Three's a Crowd
Film (short) by Bluegrass Productions, Erika Venter (Drama) Support: Mary-Louise The story of a man named Jess who's inner voice is a little louder than normal.
Best Actress in One Act Play Festival
Walter Battis Visual Arts Trophy
Masazane Presige Award
Springs Musical Festival Award
Carpe diem Arts Festival Award
5D College of Visual Art, Braamfontein
Hugenote Highschool, Springs
Trinity Guildhall, Roll Up Theatre Company, Edenvale