Pamela Gien

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Pamela Gien. (19*-) Actress.

Biography

She emigrated to the United States after the production of The Rivals in 1983 and settled in California where she continued to perform her one-woman autobuiographical piece, The Syringa Tree.

Training

Graduated from Wits, 1978.

Studied at the Jacques Lecoq School of Theatre, Mime and Movement in Paris in 1979.

Career

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

Performed in The Cherry Orchard (as “Ania”), Hayfever, Savages, Henry IV Part I, Electra, The Maids, The House of Bernarda Alba, Everyman, Oh What a Lovely War! (with PACT in 1980), Rookery Nook, The Crucible, The State Theatre Overflow Show, Royal Hunt of the Sun, A Midsummer Night's Dream, After the Fall,


She starred in the PACT production of The State Theatre Overflow Show together with James White, Michael McCabe and Peter Terry with direction by Nigel Vermaas at the Arena Bistro in 1981. She starred in the PACT production of William Gibson’s Monday After the Miracle together with Sandra Duncan with direction by François Swart at the Pretoria State Theatre and the Alexander in 1982. She starred in PACT’s production of Sheridan’s The Rivals together with John Hussey, Wilson Dunster, James White, Pauline Bailey and John Lesley directed by Michael Atkinson at the State Theatre in March 1983. The Syringa Tree, 2005.

Awards, etc

Won the Olive Schreiner Overseas Award for the Best Student at Wits in 1978.

DALRO Award, 1983.

Fleur du Cap nomination The Syringa Tree, award year 2006.

Sources

SACD 1978/79; 1980/81; 1981/82.

Tucker, 1997.

Martin 2008.

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