Creative Drama / Musical Theatre Teacher
Marike is a 5ft4 bundle of dynamite from South Africa. In 2011 she obtained her Degree in Musical Theatre and has been playing “make-believe” ever since!
She made her professional debut at the Pretoria State Theatre in the Musical, Esther (2011). She has worked at the National Children’s Theatre in Johannesburg where she featured in a number of musicals, most memorably Aladdin Jnr and as the loveable character Freckleface in the musical - Freckleface Strawberry. In 2013 she received a South African Theatre Nomination for Best Newcomer for her portrayal of Mary Lennox in an adaptation of The Secret Garden. She has also featured in The Marcellus Theatre annual pantomime as an ensemble member in Cinderella (2015) and as the quirky dwarf Giggle in Snow White (2016).
In 2016 Marike made the move to Dubai, to portray the role of Stephanie in the Cartoon Network Live production of Lazy Town-The Musical at IMG Worlds of Adventure- the world’s largest indoor theme park. She then portrayed the role of Tammy in the UAE touring production of Ch!cken.
When she is not on stage, she is sharing her passion for the arts with eager students and she looks forward to this new exciting chapter with Evolve Arts!