Dorothy Ann Gould (JHB)

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Dorothy Ann Gould is one of South Africa’s leading actresses. The recipient of 28 Awards for her work in theatre, radio, television and for Innovation in the Arts, she has worked all over the world and played opposite some of the greatest actors of our time.

Her huge body of work in the Industry has seen her play leading roles opposite Frank Langella, Sir Antony Sher, Dame Janet Suzman, Charles Dance and   Sir Derek Jacobi, amongst others.

She has worked at the Royal National Theatre, The Duke of   York’s on London’s West End and at the Barbican   Theatre   in London, at leading theatres in 48 different cities in the U.K. on number 1 tours and at The Swan Theatre in Stratford upon Avon. Her work has taken her to Hamburg, Athens, El Magro in Spain, Montreal , Washington D C and Atlanta.

As a teacher of voice and performance she has taught at 3   Universities in South Africa as both a permanent   and guest lecturer, in London, at Annabor  in Washington  D. C. and at Dukes University in North Carolina. Most recently she was a keynote speaker on Shakespeare in Africa for Goldsmiths, London University program, Reconfigurations.

She is a director and her productions have garnered   a number of nominations and Awards over the years.

She has spent the past 19 years training the formerly disadvantaged in theatre skills, including work in the rural areas, informal settlements, a formal Actors Centre under the auspices of the Actors Centre, London and   she has established and run a Shakespeare company   of homeless men and women, JAM, for   the past 8 years; she has helped these individuals to get off drugs, to find acting work in theatre, television and film and finally to get a roof over their heads. Her passion is above all, to help those who “ fall below the radar” in any society.

Her most recent film and television work includes Troy – The Fall of a City, The Widow, Runaway, Hooten and the Lady,  Friend Request, Lullaby and Rough.

Her most recent theatre work includes The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion which earned her   nominations   for Best Actress in Johannesburg and in Cape Town  in 2019, Family Secrets by Enrico Luttman, just completed, Titus Andronicus directed by Greg Doran playing Tamora opposite Sir Antony Sher,  Dame Janet Suzman’s Hamlet and Othello with John Kani and a 10 year tour of the world in Molora, Yael Farber’s Africanised adaptation of the Oresteia.

She was acting coach for all the children on Africa United, a film which took her to Rwanda and Burundi in 2010.

She has worked as acting coach on South African soap opera Generations   for 16 years and continues her community work as well as private teaching all over South Africa.