Who is penny jayne?
Freelance Theatre Director and Designer
Jayne Batzofin completed her Honours degree at WITS University, majoring in directing and stage/costume design. Continuing her studies, Jayne attended the theatre school L'ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She then returned to South Africa to find herself in Cape Town working with the prestigious Visual theatre company, FTH:K. From here Jayne acquired a strong working knowledge in developing integrated theatre and education; as well as a passion for working with younger Deaf
children. From FTH:K, Jayne went on to become a regular Artistic Director for Clowns without Borders South Africa. There she discovered an interest for working in the social upliftment sector of the Arts.
As a Director, Jayne is best known for her "Batzofin Bite" as seen in her adult theatre productions Kardiavale and PruTTeL (which won a KANNA for Best Debut Production at the KKNK 2013). In 2014 she was selected into the Assitej "Inspiring a Generation"exchange programme, and traveled to Denmark to develop her training and knowledge in making theatre for children. Truly left inspired, Jayne continues to explore and engage in quality theatre for children, with a particular focus on inclusivity. Her work for children and youth has been showcased at the April Festival (Denmark) and at the TYA Inclusive Arts Festival (Japan).