Irene Stephanou (19*-) Actress and stand-up comedienne, writer, performer and teacher.
She has been living with Multiple Scelerosis (MS) since she was 16 years old.
Studied at the School of Dramatic Art, University of the Witwatersrand and graduated with a BA (Dramatic Arts) Honours in 1983.
She has since worked as an actress, writer, comedienne and teacher.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
In 1984 she co-wrote her first one-woman show, Stukkie Jols, with Peni Flascas. Meze, Mira and Make-Up is Irene's third one-woman show. She has also appeared in Via Castiglione, All the Rage, The Last Trek, Wolfboy, The Best Wedding Ever.
Stephanou, Irene for her performance in `Is every sperm sacred' [The Tonight/IGI Life Vita Award for Comedy] (1992).
Irene was nominated for a Vita Award for best actress in Via Castiglione and a DALRO award for the The Caucasian Chalk Circle. In 1992 she won the AA Vita Award for comedy for her one-woman show Is Every Sperm Sacred?. The show was also selected for a reading at The Third International Women's Conference in Australia. The show was performed in Melbourne and was recorded by The Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Speak, November 1992, pages 27-8.
Various entries in the NELM catalogue.
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