Lara Bye (19*-) is a South African actress and theatre director.
Born in Durban.
Bye holds: A BA degree in Drama, English and Anthropology from the University of Natal; An Honours degree in Drama and a Masters Degree in Theatre Directing from the University of Cape Town; A two-year Diploma from the L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq in Paris .
Since graduating Lara Bye has worked in theatre in South Africa, Havana, Paris and Barcelona. She lectured in Physical Theatre at the University of Cape Town Drama Department in 2010.
Since returning to South Africa from Europe, Lara has worked continuously on all aspects of the theatre as producer, writer, actress and teacher. She has won theatre awards as an actress and director for her work in Dancing at Lughnasa, The Comical Tragedy and Everybody Else (is fucking perfect). Her production of Jesus Hopped the A-Train was the second most nominated production at the 2006 Fleur du Cap Theatre Awards.
She was selected by Fair Lady magazine  as one of 40 South African Women who had been a source of inspiration for the year 2000 and was judged by Style  magazine to be the South African "IT" Actress for 2001. These last two acknowledgements were for her performance in the critically acclaimed The Vagina Monologues.
After training the the Lecoq School in Paris Lara was invited to join The International Theatre Collective for a cultural exchange in Havana, Cuba. The company lived with a Cuban family for 7 months, running workshops, collaborating with Cuban artists and witnessing their work, as well as devising a new show based on their experiences. She returned to Europe to join Bantam Theatre Company in Barcelona for a year.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
As Stage Director
Productions as director include: London Road (2010); La scala di seta (2009); Sister Breyani (2009); Iago's Last Dance (2009); Yellow Man (2008); La serva padrona (2008); I, Claudia (2008 & 2010); Die Vrou Wat Haar Man Gekook Het, (KKNK, 2007); Is Almal Dan Fokken Volmaak? (2007); Bafana Republic (2007); Beklash (2007); Orfeus, co-directed with Brett Bailey for Third World Bunfight (2006); Medea (2005) co-directed with Brett Bailey for Third World Bunfight; Jesus Hopped the A-Train; The Government Inspector; Bethesda Moon; A Place with the Pigs (2006); For Coloured Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf; The Comical Tragedy; The Lesson; The Dumb Waiter; The Vagina Monologues; The Dream Circus;
Appearances in feature films include: Motel clerk in From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1999) ; Laura Covington in The All New Adventures of Laurel & Hardy in 'For Love or Mummy' (1999); Brothel Madame in The Diamond Hunters (2001 TV mini-series); Country of my Skull (***);
Mark Lottering and Friends – Comedy Sketch Show
Lara has appeared in several local and international television commercials.
Yellow Man - KKNK Best Production Award, Best Newcomer Award and Best Actress Fleur du Cap Award
2008 La Serva Padrona- nominated as Best Director & Best Musical Production KKNK
Won the Rosalie van der Gucht Prize for New Directors in 2000.
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