Ian Steadman

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(****-****). Actor. Performed in Flea in her Ear (with PACT), Falstaff (with PACT) and in Hamlet (in 1978 as “Osric” with PACT), also worked overseas. (SACD 1977/78)

(1951-) Actor, director, playwright, researcher and academic. Studied drama and history at the University of Natal (Durban). Completed a masters at ***, and a doctorate on Black Theatre on the Witwatersrand ??? at the University of the Witwatersrand. ****** Directed plays for the Theatre Workshop Company (Durban). **** Became a lecturer at the School of Drama at the University of the Witwatersrand in 19**. In 198* became professor and head of the School. An active member of the Association of Drama Departments of South Africa and the Performing Arts Worker’s Equity. Besides performing in numerous plays for PACT and the Market Theatre over the years, has also done TV and film work. Most notably his role as John the Baptist in ***’s 19** TV version of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, opposite Jana Cilliers. His dramatic writing includes *****.

An immensely influential researcher, academic writer and supervisor of post-graduate research, Steadman was closely involved with setting up Keyan Tomaselli’s Critical Arts, the co-founder (with Temple Hauptfleisch) of the South African Theatre Journal, co-author of the seminal collection South African Theatre- Four Plays and an Introduction, and the author of more than *** articles on theatre in South Africa. He has been especially influential in uncovering the range and depth of black urban theatre in the country, and the political role of theatre in the country. He was also closely associated with developing the work of Matsamela Manaka and Maishe Maponya. In 1998 Steadman became Director of the Wits Foundation. STEADMAN, Ian. He directed the Wits University Theatre’s first production called The Comedy of Errors, cast with students in 1983. He starred in Vladimir Gubartev’s Sarcophagus at the Andre Huguenet in 1988. He starred in My Fair Lady at the State Theatre in 1990.

Wrote and directed the play Genocide, staged in the Market Theatre Upstairs.


Sources

Tucker, 1997


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