Albert Maritz (1960-) is a stage, film, radio and television actor, television presenter, director and editor, theatre impressario, dramatist and journalist.
Born and schooled in in Belville, South Africa. Son of Dawie Maritz, he grew up in radio studios, behind stages and in his dad's dark room developing rolls of film. A member of the Bellville Amateur Toneelgroep (BAT), his first appearance on stage with his father, Dawie Maritz at the age of twelve. Studied drama at the Akademie vir Dramakuns in Cape Town (1980) and the Drama Department, University of Stellenbosch (1981-1983), then obtained an Higher Education Diploma from UNISA (1995). He became a teacher, then an actor, a director and a producer.
From its inception he has been a commentator on theatre matters for the online journal LitNet.
On contract for PACT (1984-85), and from 1986 becomes a prominent freelance actor for stage, radio and TV. In 1998 founds Impresario (trading as Allie-se- Produksies), his own theatre production company, producing musical shows (his clients include Johannes Kerkorrel, Koos Kombuis, Nataniël and The Jazz Pioneers), formal theatre projects and theatre for development programmes.
As stage actor has roles in i.a. Deon Opperman’s critically acclaimed Stille Nag (1991), Die Sakeman van Venesië (1991), Charles Fourie's one-man piece Stander (1999), Breyten Breytenbach's controversial Die Toneelstuk (2001), Yerma (2002).
Producer and director
One facet of his work as producer director derived from his educational training and involved a number of educational and development programmes, including Prokara, Survivor, Stop the tears (by Albert Maritz & Noel Oostendorp, with Noel Oostendorp & Stephanie Hough. Dir: Albert Maritz, Procare & Impresario) and Lang Tentakels, all aimed at young people in the Cape.
But in later years his major contribution as producer and director has been his attempts to revive interest in earlier classic South African works - particularly Afrikaans plays. These include D.J. Opperman's Joernaal van Jorik (1987), Adam Small's Kanna hy kô hystoe (2003), Melt Brink's Maljan onder die Hoenders (2003), Nico Burger’s Botspoppe (2004), Pieter Fourie's Faan se Trein (KKNK and Aardklop - Most popular production 2005) and Faan se Stasie (KKNK, Aardklop, Innibos, Artscape and Durbanville 2006), Deon Opperman’s More is 'n Lang Dag (2008), Chris Barnard's Taraboemdery (Innibos Best Artist 2010), 'n Seder val in Waterkloof (Innibos - Most popular production 2011), Mooi Maria (Aardklop Best director, Best actress, Best Afrikaans production 2011), Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey (Fleur du Cap Best director, Best Actor and Most popular production 2011), Die Van Aardes van Grootoor (Innibos, KKNK and Durbanville, 2013), (Athol Fugard's Playland (The Fugard Theatre, 2014), Pa, Maak vir my 'n Vlieër Pa (2016-17), Die Nag van Legio (2017) .
Film, Radio and Television
Also seen on film and TV in a number of single dramas and well-known series, (e.g. Galery, Konings, Torings, the highly regarded Arende, Africa P.I., Egoli, Isidingo and The hunt for the man in the moon).
He has also become a familiar face through a number of prominent commercials, including the one of the man with the trunk of an elephant around his neck and the "man of many parts" in the amusing Met Eish ("with ice") brandy adverts.
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