In late 2005 Jane Cross and Megan Levy combined their experience and skills in the entertainment industry to create DarkHorse Productions.
With more than 40 years professional experience in all fields of theatre and the entertainment industry between them, they now provide support and service to the industry.
"We aim to be able to provide you with anything technical that you may require and no job or event is too small or too large for us, no item too small or too large to source.
We believe there is a need for such a company which will specialize in all aspects of events management and which can offer you the services of some of Durban ’s top theatre technicians, all experienced and highly specialized in their various technical fields."
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Winner of the 2006 Judges Award at the Durban Theatre Awards
Received a Diploma in Journalism from Technikon Natal before joining the Natal Performing Arts Council in 1981 as an Assistant Stage Manager. Promoted to Stage Manager in 1985, Senior Stage Manager in 1988 and Production Manager in 1989. Served as Acting Interim Operations Head for six months in 2004 and Acting Operations Co-ordinator for four months in 2005 overseeing the Stage, Sound, Lighting, Front Of House, Wardrobe, Maintenance and Functions departments of the Company.
Specialised in Ballet and Dance Stage and Production Management and worked with the Playhouse Dance Company from it’s inception in 1985 until it was disbanded in 1998.
Highlights and memorable productions include Ashley Killar’s “Romeo and Juliet”, Geoffrey Sutherland’s “Carmina Burana” and “Peer Gynt” (the production that closed the Alhambra Theatre), Mark Hawkins’ “The Nutcracker”, “A Night to Remember” (a Gala performance for HM Queen Elizabeth II), Welcome Msomi’s “Umababtha”, “The Nutcracker” with PACT Ballet at the State Theatre, Pretoria, Videovision’s “Now or Never” Concert at the Absa Stadium, Durban, Very Very Big Productions’ “Nunsense”, “Princess Magogo” in Amsterdam and Oslo, KickstArt’s “Wizard of Oz” and “Little Shop of Horrors” and the 2007 Springbok Rugby World Cup Squad Announcement.
Has been fortunate enough to have toured the country and province extensively and has taken productions to Britain , Switzerland , Hungary , Czech Republic , Slovakia , the Netherlands , India , Taiwan and Norway
During her twenty four years with the Playhouse Company, she received the Playhouse Trust Travel Award presented to “an outstanding member of the Technical staff of NAPAC” and that same year received the Nederburg Special Prize for contribution to Ballet in Natal – the first awarded to a technician. Awarded NAPAC’s “Achiever of the Year” award for outstanding work during 1992 and was nominated for the South African Institute of Theatre Technology’s Shirley Moss Award in 1996 and in 2000 was awarded the FNB Vita Award for “Special Contribution to Dance in Kwa-Zulu Natal over the past ten years”.
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Resigned from the Playhouse in November, 2005 to concentrate full time on launching DarkHorse Productions.
Studied Entertainment Technology at Technikon Natal from 1995 - 1997 and freelanced for the Playhouse Company from 1995 as an ASM, Sound Technician, Followspotter and Stage Manager. Accepted permanent Stage Manager post with the Company in 1999.
During her ten years at the Playhouse besides working on stage, she completed a level one qualification in first aid with St John’s Ambulance, completed the Durban Metro Fire and Emergency Services’ Advanced Course in Fire Technology, was a member of the Playhouse Health and Safety Committee, designed scenery for dance productions, designed and installed a sprung Dance floor for the Playhouse’s main Dance rehearsal venue and is currently studying Electronics through Omnitech Institute International.
She has also freelanced for other companies – as a Stage Manager, Technical Stage Manager and a Sound Technician – including The Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre,The Hilton College Theatre, Selbys, Black Coffee Productions, Centre for Creative Arts at the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal, Siwela Sonke Dance Theatre, Fantastic Flying Fish Dance Company, Very Very Big Productions and Eeny Meeny Miny Mo Productions. She has toured productions to various venues in South Africa including the Civic Theatre, the Baxter Theatre, Sun City , Royal Swazi Sun, The Monument Theatre, Spier Amphitheatre, the Feathermarket Hall and has worked in most of Durban ’s main entertainment and conferencing venues. She designed the sound for Very Very Big Productions' "Nunsense" and "Let the Good Times Roll" and the Unilever Young Performers “Fiddler on the Roof” and "The Wiz" at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre. KickstArt’s “Sleeping Beauty”, “Cinderella”, “Wizard of Oz” and “Little Shop of Horrors” as well as “Guys and Dolls” and Young Performers “Annie”, “School of Rock” and “Big River”.
Highlights of the past decade include Geoffrey Sutherland’s “Queen at the Opera”, “Shall We Dance”, Tree63 in Concert, Mark Hawkins’ “The Nutcracker”, assisting with the live international broadcast of the world premiere of the Zulu opera, “Princess Magogo” and “Nunsense” – for which she won the Durban Theatre Award for Sound Design in 2004/05 and "2007 Springbok Rugby World Cup Squad Send Off Dinner live on Supersport".
Megan was nominated for The Mercury Durban Theatre Awards every year since 2005/2006 and won 2007/2008 again for “Wizard of Oz”
She was Installation Manager for Prosound for the ICC Arena AV Installation in 2007.
Resigned from the Playhouse Company in November, 2005, to launch DarkHorse Productions.
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