MARLI VAN DER BIJL
Marli is an energetic, versatile, ambitious and focused actress and singer. She recently moved to Perth after working in the entertainment industry abroad for about 10 years. Career highlights include her television debut in the South African TV Soap, 7de Laan, singing in Greece for a Trio act, VIVA LAS DIVAS, working as Company Manager for the touring youth musical, Spijt, in The Netherlands and performing in theatrical productions such as Fame, Hairspray, Hamlet and two Afrikaans classics, Putsonderwater and Christine.
Having worked on stage as well as behind the scenes, Marli deeply respects the time and efforts of everyone involved in each project. For this reason, she believes in punctuality, professionalism, being prepared and working her hardest to achieve the common goal of each production. She constantly challenges herself to step outside of her comfort zone, venturing across a wide spectrum of performance genres in her career so far: from children’s theatre and comedy to serious drama; from musicals to experimental theatre. She has lent her singing voice to operatic numbers, musicals, jazz concerts and even hip-hop recordings.
Earlier this year, Marli completed her Master’s degree in Drama and Theatre Arts through the University of the Free State, South Africa. She holds Dutch and South African passports, speaks English, Afrikaans and Dutch, has basic piano skills and dance experience, and loves getting creative through photography and design.