CHAMPIONSHIP COSPLAY JUDGES
- Lizel Nunes owner and principal instructor at Allegria Dance Studio
Lizel has been dancing since the age of three. She holds a degree in National Diploma in Dance, from the Tshwane University of Technology. Lizel has also performed in many professional theatrical productions across various dance forms, including Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, African, Jazz, Latin American and Ballroom.
In addition, she has spent the last decade teaching children from as young as three in both the dance and educational fields. Lizell has obtained various Dance Teachers Certificates from various accredited dance institutions, such as:
- South African Dance Teachers Association (SADTA),
- Dance Academy of South Africa (DASA) and
- South African Dance Academy (SADA).
In addition, she holds an Honours degree in educational psychology from Unisa as well as a post graduate certificate in Education (Foundation Phase and Early Childhood Development).
Thelma Haupt is the founder and owner of Solsken Clothing
She received an Internationally recognized Diploma in Fashion design from Jolene’s Fashion Academy in 1981.
She then chose to pursue a career in Theatrical Costume Design; where she gained extensive knowledge and valuable experience in the fields of film, television, stage, fantasy, fancy dress, character and historical costumes
After 26 years of working behind the scenes in the entertainment industry, in April 2007, she decided it was time for a change.
She took her great love of period costume, her unconventional personality and her own personal style and elegance and combined them into a unique blend; this combination is the essence of Solsken Clothing.
Solsken Clothing turns 15 in April 2022 and after 42 years in the business her passion for costumes and unconventional clothing is still the driving force behind who she is.
Lars Nielsen owner of Altered State
Lars is a South African artist who customizes and transforms toys and collectibles into handmade works of art and the creative mind behind Altered State South Africa.
With a passion for model building, painting and sculpting and as an avid collector of statues, toys and other pop culture collectibles from an early age, Lars identified the need for a service of repair and restoration of high-end collectibles in 2013. After completing many repairs and becoming the “go to guy” for statue repairs with local collectors, he followed his dream and his mantra of “Believe you can and you will” and Altered State was born in 2015.
In 2017 he expanded his portfolio to offer sculpting of statues and in particular personalized custom Funko Pops which can now be found around South Africa and the rest of the world. He thrives on interacting with his clients and turning their visions into one-of-a-kind creations.
With a keen eye for detail and a passion for all things Geek, he is looking forward to seeing the range of skills and creativity of the cosplay community at Comic Africa 2022!
Angie McGrath from Brother South Africa
Angie McGrath is the Marketing Coordinator for Labelling, Sewing and Craft at Brother International South Africa and currently studying her honours in Business Management through University of South Africa (UNISA). She has spent the majority of her career in the IT industry, gaining experiences in areas such as gaming, craft, and social media. If Angelique could be any character, she would be Phoenix from X-Men.