Gaerin Hauptfleisch (1971-) is an actor, voice artist, playwright, theatre director, stage-manager, set designer, set-builder, and publicist.
Born in Bloemfontein, the son of Karina Hauptfleisch and Temple Hauptfleisch, he grew up in Pretoria and Stellenbosch. Having completed his schooling at Stellenbosch High School, he spent two years in Europe and Israel before returning to study drama at the Drama Department of the University of Stellenbosch, specialising in directing and stage management, then completed an M.Dram in Directing (1999).
He is married to the actress Stephanie Hough, and the couple have two sons, Nicholai and Luc.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Management and marketing
In 2*** he became a joint owner of the educational theatre company Spektrum Produksies (1998-2000), later taking over the company. In 2*** he also founded Stercus Produksies, and adult company, to perform his own plays.
Played lead roles in Chris Vorster’s hugely popular Jeims Blond series and Why’t Burp, Saartjie Botha’s’s Spanner (2001-2), David Kramer’s Die Ballade van Koos Sas (2001), He has on occasion acted in his own plays (see below), especially children's and schools productions for Spektrum Productions (1998-2000).
He also wrote and directed the following plays with his own production company (Stercus Productions): Varknek (1999),Grensgeval (2000), Bees (2001), Bring Elvis Terug (2002), Manalleen (with Lindie Stander, 2003), Die Vaal Koestertjie (Woordfees, 2003, Trek (KKNK, 2006), Bloed (2012),
Directed Keith Bain’s Robin Hood (1999), Pieter Fourie’s Honour thy Mother, Fuck thy Father (Naelstring in Afrikaans version - 2001), Gideon van Eeden’s Boetman is Bedônit (KKNK and Aardklop, 2007)). Assistant director/stage manager on Pieter Fourie's Gert Garries – ‘n baaisiekel babelas (Marthinus Basson, 2002), Nommerpas in 2015, Mis (De Wet, 2016-2018).
As stage manager and technician
See website: http://www.stercus.co.za/
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