Dr. Petro Janse van Vuuren and Burgert Kirsten

Petro Janse van VuurenDr. Petro Janse van Vuuren
Petro Janse van Vuuren is a Communicator Coach and Story Strategist. She thinks of herself as a muse to the muses who like to inspire and equip those who inspire and equip others. As such she is a dynamic and inspiring speaker.

Petro is founding partner of Playing Mantis with Industrial Psychologist Burgert Kirsten. Playing Mantis uses improvisation and story strategy to develop effective coaches and facilitators, confident communicators and innovative teams.

Petro received her PhD in Drama and Performance at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in 2007. In her thesis she developed a strategy for using improvised drama as a means for reflecting on personal and communal values. Petro also has two Honours degrees, one in Drama (also from UKZN) and one in Philosophy, with an emphasis on Applied Ethics,  from the University of Stellenbosch. She received her BA Degree in Theology at Stellenbosch University. All of her degrees were completed Cum Laude.  Apart from a number of published articles, Petro has recently released her first book Grow Your Voice to Speak with Confidence.

She is highly skilled as a story strategist, communicator coach, public speaker and professional story teller. She gives back to the community by being continually involved in community projects.

Burgert KirstenBurgert Kirsten
Burgert Kirsten is an Industrial Psychologist and Improvisational theatre actor/coach. He sees himself as a connector, who facilitates people’s connection with themselves, their creativity and with one another. This serves as a solid foundation for facilitating creative group processes. He has conducted workshops using his unique improvisational methods for large companies such as Siemens and SAB Miller, and also for small groups of teenage recovering drug addicts and youth prisoners. In the end Burgert believes that no matter who you are, all people have the desire to connect with themselves and one another. And he is passionate about facilitating this connection.

Burgert is a founding partner of Playing Mantis with Dr. Petro Janse van Vuuren. Playing Mantis uses improvisation and story strategy to develop effective coaches and facilitators, confident communicators and innovative teams.

Burgert received his master’s degree in Industrial Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch in 2008.  The topic for his thesis, which he completed Cum Laude, was the influence of Improvisational Theatre exercises on an innovative team climate.  Burgert completed his Honours degree in Industrial Psychology and BA degree in communication studies at the University of the North West in Potchefstroom.  He has also studied Improvisational theatre at the IO Theatre in Chicago USA and completed a drama course presented by Brumilda Van Rensburg.

He specialises in Team Innovation Coaching and Coaching Skills Trainer. He gives back to the community by being continually involved in community projects.