Murray McGibbon

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Murray McGibbon (born Murray Lewis James McGibbon) (19**- ) is a South African-born stage director and producer and academic.



Holds a B.A. English and Speech and Drama from the University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg (1978), a Higher Diploma in Education, University of Natal, Pietermaritzburg (1979) and an M.F.A. Acting and Directing from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, USA (1987).


Joined NAPAC in 1987. For six years he served as Artistic Director of Drama for the Playhouse Company in Durban, where he directed 40 productions and produced 122 [1]. He joined the faculty at Indiana University [2] in the USA in 1996.

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

Productions he directed include: Adam and Eve (1972); Suicide to Order (1973); The Epidemic (1974); Oliver! (1978 & 1983); Blithe Spirit (1979); The Boyfriend (1979); Godspell (1981); Murder Among Friends (1982); Smike (1982); You're a Good Man Charlie Brown (1983); Stage Struck (1984); Unman, Wittering and Zigo (1984); Equus (1984); The Form (1985); Jonah Man Jazz (1985); Superbike (NAPAC, 1987); Paradise is Closing Down (NAPAC, 1988); Under the Oaks (NAPAC, 1988); Frank'n'stein (NAPAC, 1988 & 1989 & 1993); The Public Eye and The Private Ear (NAPAC, 1988); The Normal Heart (NAPAC, 1988); Hey Listen! (NAPAC, 1988); The Circus Adventure (NAPAC, 1989); Kiss of the Spiderwoman (NAPAC, 1989); Hamlet (NAPAC, 1989); Master Harold and the boys (NAPAC, 1989 & 1994); The Fantastical History of a Useless Man (NAPAC, 1990); Ta' Lea se Stories (NAPAC, 1990); Love Letters (NAPAC, 1991); Winnie-the-Pooh (NAPAC, 1991 & 1992); Romeo and Juliet (NAPAC, 1991); Peter Pan (NAPAC, 1992); Shirley Valentine (NAPAC, 1992); Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (NAPAC, 1992 & 1993); The Dream (NAPAC, 1992); Murder Among Friends (NAPAC, 1993); The Mystery of Irma Vep (NAPAC, 1993); A Piece of my Heart (NAPAC, 1993); Oliver! (NAPAC, 1994); Equus (NAPAC, 1994); Charley's Aunt (1995); A Night to Remember (1995); Frank'n'stein (1996); Agnes of God (1996); Educating Rita (KwaSuka Theatre, 2003); Black Mamba (KwaSuka Theatre, 2005); Frank'n'stein (KwaSuka Theatre, 2005);

Awards, etc

Murray McGibbon has won the Naledi Award six times. The US Government awarded him a Fulbright Scholarship [3] in 1983, which enabled him to undertake his graduate studies in the USA.


Murray McGibbon's publications include:

The Tempest: An Acting Edition (2007).

Speech Training for You! - by Elizabeth Sneddon. Edited and Revised by Murray McGibbon – Thomson (2006).

A Midsummer Night's Dream : An Acting Edition - Presto Theatre International (1992).

The Playhouse Cookbook - NAPAC (1992),

Theatre in the 21st Century: A journey backwards into the future - NEON (1986).


Murray L J McGibbon Curriculum Vitae, 14 July 2016.

Indiana University [4]

Winnie-the-Pooh theatre programme notes, 1992

Tucker, 1997

Independent on Sunday, 23 July 2005.

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