Altus Theart received his N.Dip Diploma in Drama in 2006 from the Tshwane University of Technology where he specialized in theatre, singing and directing. During his studies he starred in numerous stage productions which included ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ (Puck), ‘The Crucible’ (Rev. John Hale) and the KKNK production of ‘Skimmespel’. Altus also starred in the MNet Edit short films ‘Bloedrooi’ and ‘Spaarwiel’ as well as a couple of music videos showing on MK89.
After studying, Altus was part of the ‘Grease’ cast at the Barnyard theatre where he played the character of ‘Sonny’. He played the character Werner ‘Killer’ Botha in the popular teen comedy ‘BAKGAT’. He also starred in the sequels ‘BAKGAT 2’ and ‘BAKGAT 3’. Altus was honoured to share the stage with the legend that is Steve Hofmeyr in the stage production ‘Dis hoe dit was… Die Steve Hofmeyr Storie’ at the State Theatre in 2007.
Altus played the lead in the critically acclaimed Kyknet drama series ‘Kruispad’. Altus also plays a lead (‘Fafa’) in the popular drama series, ‘Getroud Met Rugby’ on Kyknet. There have been 4 seasons of ‘Getroud Met Rugby’ thus far. Altus had a great time working with Ilse van Heemert in the Schalk Schoombie play ‘Samoerai’ that premiered at Aardklop in 2008. ‘Samoerai’ was also performed at Innibos and KKNK in 2009. Altus’s one-man show, ‘Hoe ‘n man se kop werk’ was sold out at KKNK and Volksbladfees last year. He is still doing the show throughout the country.
Altus played a cameo role in the Afrikaans film ‘Superhelde’ as well as the film ‘Stilte’, directed by Darrel Roodt. ‘Getroud Met Rugby – Die Onvertelde Storie’ was released in cinemas nationwide in March 2011. He featured in the film – ‘Roepman’ – directed by Paul Eilers. In 2011 Altus was seen on stage playing a lead in the musical ‘Tree Aan!’ Altus was a resident continuity presenter on KykNet in 2011 and 2012.
In 2012 he was seen on stage again in Deon Opperman’s original musical ‘Lied van my hart’, with Steve Hofmeyr. Altus released his first self-titled album last year. He was a guest vocalist in ‘The Queen Experience’ with Joseph Clark at the Joburg Theatre in Feb 2013. Also in Feb, he was seen on the big screen in the film ‘Verraaiers’, set in the 1950’s Boer war.
Altus recently finished shooting a new feature film entitled ‘Ballade van Robbie de Wee’. Altus can currently be seen on screens across the USA as the lead ‘badlander’ in a commercial for Coca-Cola. ‘The Coke Chase’ was launched at the SuperBowl in February. In June he will go on the play in ‘Liefling – die Musiekblyspel’, at the State Theatre. Later in the year he will be seen in the drama series ‘Donkerland’on kykNET.