Maralin Vanrenen

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Maralin Vanrenen (19**-). Actress, director.


She was born in Kenilworth, Cape Town.



She studied for a Performer's Diploma in Speech and Drama at the University of Cape Town Drama Department.


She worked for The Space since 1972 and in 1975 moved Johannesburg appearing in productions for Barney Simon and Brickhill/Burke before touring Europe and the USA to see, experience and take part in theatre.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

She has appeared in Uproar in the House, Bedwinner (at the Hofmeyr Theatre).

At The Space she performed in Dracula, The Exception and the Rule, Fragments, Futz, Gameplay, God’s Forgotten, The Happy Prince, Kennedy's Children, Kitsch, Lesson in Blood and Roses, Line/It's Called the Sugar Plum, A Man Hanging, Muzeeka, Slag, The Sport of My Mad Mother, Superman, Sweet Eros, Three’s Company, 'Tis a Pity She's a Whore, A Touch of 1900s and What the Butler Saw.

She starred in PACT's The Comedy of Errors (1985) and in Tobie Cronjé’s production of Nunsense at the Alhambra Theatre in 1988. She starred in Richard Harris’s The Maintenance Man at the Leonard Rayne in 1990.

She made her directing debut at The Space with The Maids and directed Lunatic and Lover at the People's Space in February 1982.

For CAPAB she directed Joggers (Aron) and Groucho at Large at the Baxter Theatre and National Arts Festival in 1981 and Aladdin in 1984.

She directed Gcina Mhlope’s Have You Seen Zandile? starring Gcina Mhlope and Thembi Mtshali at the Laager in February 1986.

She directed PACT’s annual pantomime Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at the Alexander Theatre in 1991. She directed Janice Honeyman’s Jack and the Beanstalk at the Market Theatre in 1993.

She directed My Plunge to Fame at the Civic Theatre in 1994.

She has done television work locally and overseas.

Awards, etc

Nominee 1991 Vanrenen, Maralin in The Sleeping Beauty (Gallo Award for best performance in a musical);

She was nominated for a Three Leaf Award twice.


SACD 1980/81.

Nunsense programme notes, 1988.

Tucker, 1997.

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