Mervyn McMurtry

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Mervyn McMurtry (19**-) is an actor, director, teacher and academic.


Born in Mervyn Eric McMurtry in **

Studied at the Department of Drama Studies, University of Natal (Durban),

His Ph.D. thesis was entitled The playwright-performer as scourge and benefactor: an examination of political satire and lampoon in South African theatre, with particular reference to Pieter-Dirk Uys"(University of Natal, Durban, 1993).

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

As actor has done ***.

As director ****

As lecturer and head of department He joined the department as lecturer in 19**, and was made Professor in 1996 when he became the third head, following in the footsteps of Elizabeth Sneddon and Pieter Scholtz.

As a respected researcher and academic writer has supervised and examined numerous theses, written a number of articles in academic journals, and has long been a referee and consultant for the South African Theatre Journal and a contributor to the Encyclopaedia of South African Theatre, Film, Media and Performance.

His publications include:

"Doing their own Thane": The Critical Reception of uMabatha, Welcome Msomi’s Zulu Macbeth, in Ilha do Desterro (No 36, 1999)

"Pieter-Dirk Uys" in Middeke, Martin and Schnierer, Peter Paul (editors). 2015. The Methuen Drama Guide to Contemporary South African Theatre. London: Bloomsbury Publishing.


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