SPOTLIGHT: LOUIS SWANEPOEL
Gearhouse CTN is delighted to welcome Louis Swanepoel back into the Gearhouse fold. After a break of two years, spent broadening his horizons, 2013 sees Louis taking on the role of Project Manager at the company’s Cape Town branch.
A born performer and people’s person, Louis has been involved in the performing arts from as early as primary school where he turned out to be a serious competitor on the school Eisteddfod circuit, enjoyed playing the guitar and participated in school drama activities with great fervour.
By the time this young performer reached high school, however, he had developed an equal enthusiasm for what lay behind the scenes and was working backstage with local professional artists and touring South Africa in his spare time.
Similarly driven in the academic arena, he managed to complete an N3 in Electronics and Computer Science and train as a Technical Representative for High End Systems in South Africa over the same period.
Naturally, he chose Pretoria Technikon’s Performing Arts technology course to continue his tertiary education and it was during these studies that he was approached to assist on the stage management team of the first South African production of CATS, in 2005. Later he accompanied the tour to Malaysia – a steep learning curve but an important one for him.
After that, work offers came quickly; keeping him very busy running operations for the Festival production teams of Aardklop and KKNK, assisting with the initial digital cinema installations within Ster Kinekor and Nu Metro Theatres nationwide and running a number of high profile film festivals in Cape Town.
By 2006, Louis was involved in managing a year-long touring celebration “AFRIKITI” for AKTV across SA and Windhoek, as part of their 75 year celebrations.
In 2008, he joined Gearhouse as Project Manager in Johannesburg. After just over a year he moved within the Group to join INHOUSE Venue Technical Management (IVTM) as part of their in-house team at the Sandton Convention Centre. Working within a venue like the SCC helped Louis refine his corporate service delivery capabilities and he developed the detail-oriented approach that makes him a great asset in this type of environment.
In 2011, a move to Cape Town also resulted in a move away from Gearhouse and Louis spent two years managing the technical sales team for AV Alliance within the Cape Town Convention Centre. When IVTM won the role of preferred supplier at the CTICC this year, Louis re-joined the Gearhouse SA team as Project Manager in the Cape Town branch where his in-house experience at the CTICC will no doubt stand him in good stead.
“I still see myself working as a Stage Manager on Broadway or West End one of these days, but I believe that one can never know too much,” says Louis; his latter comment referring to a well-thumbed copy of ‘Stage Manager, the Professional Experience’ by Larry Fazio that accompanies him everywhere.
A lifelong motto - Communication, Education, Execution - is what shapes Louis’ work ethic whether he is working onstage, onscreen or in a corporate environment. “I love working with people and I am passionate about combining creativity, effort and technical input for a successful event.”
Of course, for Gearhouse Cape Town, his ability to interface seamlessly between client and supply team makes him an opportune addition to the Project Management team.
Welcome home Louis!
Jun 25, 2013