Anzjuli Venter is a South African born actor, musical theater performer, director and writer. Moving to Australia at the age of eight, she began private singing, piano and violin lessons and discovered her love for acting when she was eleven through Shakespeare. After school Anzjuli undertook a degree in classical singing, but grew disillusioned and decided to pause her studies to volunteer extensively in South Africa for a non-profit organisation for a year.
Returning to Australia in 2010 she completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drama and Creative Writing at the Queensland University of Technology. During this time she performed in the musicals A Funny Thing Happened on the way to the Forum (Panacea), Brigadoon (Fiona-understudy), The Wizard of Wonderland (The Red Queen of Hearts) and West Side Story. Her notable theater credits include Mama Ubu (lead) in Ubu Roi and quirky, love interest in the short film Frame in Time. Upon completion of her degree Anzjuli gained a scholarship with the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble and trained considerably with the company including voice work in Linklater and physical theater work in Butoh. She also wrote, directed and performed in an adaption of Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein, calling the production Lilith; an artistic banruka and shadow puppet performance with herself in the title role, performing at the Brisbane Fringe Festival in 2014.
In 2015 Anzjuli turned her writing talents to the screen, writing a webisode entitled Acting Investigations. The pilot was filmed mid 2015 and stars Anzjuli in the lead role. She also directed, produced and edited the episode. During this time her film credits included a lead role in the webisode Gundjis and a supporting role in the short film Crazy Cat Lady. A keen dancer, she has trained substantially at Mad Dance House in Brisbane in ballet, contemporary, hip-hop and locking. Anzjuli has gone on to train at the Howard Fine Acting Studio in their professional full-time program in Melbourne and now looks forward to bringing her voice and the voice of others truthfully to life on screen and stage as a professional actor in Sydney, Australia.