MEET THE TEAM
JACO VAN RENSBURG
CEO and Executive Producer
With extensive performing experience, working with the best international creative teams in the world from Broadway and the West End, Jaco starrted as a triple-threat performer, landing coveted roles in international touring productions, including Mr. Mistoffelees in Cats, Simon Zealot in Jesus Christ Superstar and Frankie Valli, in Jersey Boys, moving effortlessly between singing and dancing roles.
He worked extensively behind the scenes as a choreographer, director, company manager and resident director on numerous projects before establishing VR Theatrical in 2016. He has since worked full-time as a theatre maker, presenting South African premieres of big blockbuster musicals (Rock of Ages, Hedwig And The Angry Inch and Avenue Q) as well as commissioning original local writing. Jaco is a keen collaborator and theatre maker, always on the lookout for the next exciting project or idea and interesting and kind people to work alongside.
Executive Producer and Composer
Wessel Odendaal is an acclaimed music director and co-owner of VR Theatrical with a B.Mus Degree in classical music.
Wessel spent 15 years working in international orchestra pits, working on numerous major international touring musical theatre production, including The Lion King, Cats, The Phantom Of The Opera, Jersey Boys, Mamma Mia!, Sound Of Music, The Buddy Holly Show and Aspects of Love. He also composes, arranges and orchestrates original music.
With extensive international experience and networks, Wessel is always keen to tackle interesting new projects in between administrative duties. Wessel completed his first full-length musical, Star+Crossed, with lyricists, Marcel Meyer in 2022.
As the General Manager, Alyssa oversees all aspects of the company's operations, from scheduling to coordinating and ensuring the successful execution of theatrical productions.
Assistant Marketing Manager
Tamryn is an invaluable team member who keeps the VRT marketing rollouts and timelines in check.
Marina keeps a close eye on our books, makes strategic financial suggestions and does it all with a big smile.