Susan Coetzer

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Susan Coetzer (19**-) actress, artist, dramatist, writer and inspirational speaker /Actress and dramatist.

On occasion listed as Susan Coetzer-Opperman.


She studied at the University of Stellenbosch.

She was married to Frank Opperman and later to Philip Moolman.

She is also an established artist, having sold hundreds of oil paintings, exhibiting in many art galleries countrywide. As a writer, she contributes to various publications on a monthly basis, and has recently released her first novel : Oros vir die Siel. Since since 2002 she has been the co-owner of Die Blou Hond, a theatre restaurant and art gallery in Pretoria.

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

While a student at Stellenbosch, she participated in the 1978 USAT Dramafees, writing and directing an original play called Die Reëndag for the residences Eendrag and Erica.

She starred in Reza de Wet’s Diepe Grond together with Dawid Minnaar, Gys de Villiers and Doris Sihula under Lucille Gillwald’s direction at Upstairs at the Market in 1986.

Other productions include Die Sakeman van Venesië (PACT 1991), Die Mal Vrou van Chaillot, Panorama, Griet Skryf 'n Sprokie (1997).

TVG and film work included roles in

She appeared in the 1992 SABC television series Meester (1992) and 7de Laan (as "Robyn de Swart"), and in the TV films Daisy de Melker (1993, as "Daisy"), and Noah's Ark (2008).

She wrote Die Reëndag, Die Duiwel is 'n Ding wat Spring, Praat van die Duiwel and Partners.

Also known as "Robyn de Swart" from 7de Laan, Susan is being regarded – by both the media and the public – as one of our best South African actresses.

Awards, etc

She was awarded the Vita Award in 1986 as the best Afrikaans actress and also as the best newcomer for her role in Diepe Grond.

Nominee 1991 Coetzer, Susan in Die Sakeman van Venesië (PACT 1991) (Esther Roos Award for best actress in a supporting role in Afrikaans).

Over the past two decades she has received numerous Vita Awards- and Artes Awards for best leading actress in stage and TV-productions such as Griet Skryf 'n Sprokie, Daisy de Melker, Meester and more.


Various entries in the NELM catalogue.

Pretoria News, 21 May 1997.

Go to ESAT Bibliography

For more information

Wikipedia [1].

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