Natasha Dryden is best known for her role as Elaine in the popular TV Series 7de Laan.
She most recently toured to all the major Afrikaans festivals playing the role of Hilde Wangel in the production of “Die Vrou Uit Die See” a translation of Hendrik Ibsen’s “The Lady From The Sea” produced by Innibosfees and directed by Henry Mylne.
Post completing her formal training in drama, teaching, musical theatre and dance, Natasha Dryden is passionately enjoying working as an actress with some of South-Africa’s finest directors and acting professionals. She has been involved in such productions as Fuge’d at the ABSA Athol Fugard Festival in Nieu- Bethesda, and Hairspray in which she portrayed the role of Penny Lou Pingleton. She stage managed the Fleur De Cap award winning Die Rebellie Van Lafras Verwey and went onto star alongside Albert Maritz in a short film titled: Wildernis. In 2012, Natasha was awarded a bursary from the Imbewu Trust to perform Se-My-Alles (award winning play written by Francois Bloemhof) at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival. She considers her work with The Pinups to be the highlight of her experience that same year when “I Am What I Am” received sold out performances at the Alexander Upstairs and the Kalk Bay Theatre in Cape Town. In 2013 she was one of the dynamic young cast in the Baxter Theatre’s production of Long Street Nights, a work shopped piece based on the techniques of Barney Simon and directed by Nicky Rebelo. Natasha has starred in two of Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer’s children’s theatre productions of Hansel and Gretel and Alice in Wonderland, where she portrayed the leading roles of Gretel and Alice respectively. She believes children’s theatre to be the most honest form, as children don’t mask their responses, immediately telling if you’re believable or not. She starred in a feature film, Die Ontwaking, opposite Gys de Villiers, who she has admired since childhood.
Besides her love for performance, Natasha is inspired by travel, nature and experiencing alternative cultures. During her recent travels through Southeast Asia Natasha felt that she was finally ready for the next step in the development with her craft which is to impart the skills and knowledge she has honed to the new generation through teaching Drama. She believes that communication, emotional understanding and creative play are invaluable life skills and vital to enhance any person’s quality of living. She finds great joy in guiding her students through a process of experiencing their connection to self expression and collective storytelling.
In her downtime Natasha enjoys diving, snorkeling and surfing, hiking, yoga and accompanying herself with basic guitar and piano skills. Exercise and healthy cooking are vital to her daily routine.
She feels that the classroom is fast becoming one of the most fulfilling places she has travelled to as she always feels a spurt of immense gratitude after every class.