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Phyllis Dannhauser

Lecturer & Postgrad coordinator
Name: Phyllis Dannhauser
Location: B Ring 607 Auckland Park Kingsway Campus
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Contact Details:
Tel: 011 559 2963


About Dr Phyllis Dannhauser


Phyllis Dannhauser has been in the Film and Television industry for close on 30 years, and has been involved in lecturing at various academic institutions since 1990.  She bridges the divide between the academic and applied areas of Film and Television work and is convinced that theory informs practice, and that practice is impossible without solid theoretical underpinnings. She has organized and co-directed several film festivals and community outreach initiatives, most notably the FYTA Film Festival in 2008 at UJ, and the first Free State Independent Film Festival and community workshops in Lindley, Free State, in 2007.


Phyllis Dannhauser teaches the Theory and Practice of Audiovisual Communication. Her special areas of interest are issues of visual representation, identity and hybridity, represention of memory in documentary and fiction, and community storytelling. She is also a film and video editor, scriptwriter, director and producer. In this capacity, she regularly writes, produces and directs independent productions, mainly for television.

Undergraduate Degree

B. A. Drama (University of Pretoria)

Highest Postgraduate Degree

Masters Dramatic Art (Wits)


In the past year, Phyllis has written 17 scripts for the award-winning series Solving It,  for SABC3. She also directed some episodes of the same television docudrama, and produced and edited a feature film, Henley-on-Klip, which was directed by Marguelette Louw, also at UJ.

Favourite Quotation

“The best bridge between despair and hope is a good night’s sleep.” (Anon)

Media appearances

Ms. Phyllis Dannhauser was interviewed on a show called ‘Dagbreek’ on KykNet​