Writer, Jazz Singer, and Film Writing Mentor

Pippa has been dedicated to the craft of telling of stories in different disciplines all through her life … on Stage and Screen, as an Actor and Director. Pippa has also been a Singer, Publisher, Book Editor, Film crew member and/or agent, in Film development, a Teacher (qualified with an ATCL Associate Teachers from College of London), Film Content Director and is currently a Screenwriting Lecturer and Mentor. She has attended at least 9 Film Writing courses, amongst others, had 13 Writing mentors – both international and South African. Wrote and Directed Mixed Blood for the Women’s Festival in 1984. Wrote and Performed the highly acclaimed The Voice Beyond the Veil exploring her own complicated inter-cultural dualities. Pippa is Founder Member of Greenlight Foundation NPC running a project called Greenlight District Project, teaching film writing to offenders. In short, she is a Creative, Entrepreneur, Visionary, Biz Woman and Mother (very important for learning negotiative skills!).

Film or Stage Courses to Date

  • Performer’s Diploma – 1976 (UCT) (3 year Acting Course)
  • Script For Sale ProSeries16 – 2007 (1 year)(recommended by Gavin Hood)
  • NFVF Spark – 2009 (Screenwriting up to Act 1) (6 months)
  • Script Institute – 2009 (Screenwriting 6 weeks, workshop on location)
  • NFVF Masters – 2009/10 (Screenwriting 6 months)
  • NFVF Film Producers Forum – 2010 (Producer Workshops)
  • UKZN Film Summer School – 2011 (facilitated by Mickey Hatton, DOP’d 3 Short Films, Directed 3, wrote all)
  • ScreenwritingU – Great Endings – 2012
  • ScreenwritingU – Maximum Entertainment – 2012
  • Cut to the Chase – Janet van Eeden – 2012
  • AFDA School Of Motion Pictures and Live Performance – 2012 (Internal Training first, then Lectured 1st & 2nd Year Screenwriting)(6months)
  • Screenwriting Goldmine – Phil Gladwin – ‘How to write a film Producers are dying to shoot’ – 2012

Tertiary Courses: Practical and Academic to date

  • B.A. UCT (1st Yr. Greek and Roman Literature and Philosophy, Italian, English) 1972
  • A.T.C.L. (Associate Teachers from the College of London) 1974
  • Performer’s Diploma (Acting) 1976
  • B.A. UKZN (Ist Yr. Psychology, Sociology, Anthropology, Political Science) 1984

Current Work

Film Writing Mentor

Teaching utilizes all left brain academia, biz skills and right brain creativity. All the years of Acting, Theatre, Film, and Publishing, eventually paying off. Currently, Pippa teaches Film writing to Offenders within the Department of Correctional Services, Meredale, Johannesburg, SA. Own initiative. You can source further information on: www.greenlightdistrictproject.com.


Strike Up! Structure Your First Film is Pippa’s first published work. It forms part of a 4-part series called The Storyteller. Find it on eCourses. The second book Dig Deep Dialogue is due for release in 2017.

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