Tamar Meskin

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Tamar Meskin (196*- ). Academic, stage director and actress.


She is the daughter of Philip and Paddy Meskin.


Her undergraduate studies were conducted at the University of Natal (Durban) where she graduated cum laude. Awarded the Emma Smith Overseas Scholarship, she then went on to complete her MFA in Acting at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she was awarded the Jack Nicholson Prize for Acting.


Lecturer in the Drama and Performance Studies programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal since 1995.

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

Since returning to South Africa, she has directed over 30 productions, including seven major Shakespearean productions. She has co-written productions and also performs when she can.

She directed or co-directed UKZN Drama and Performance Studies productions of As You Like It, A Midsummer Night's Dream (2005 and 2009), War Cry, Threesomes, The Lover (Pinter), The Good Person of Setzuan, The Crucible, FrontLines (2010). She also directed The Final Cut (2000) and a double bill, Sally and Marsha and Agnes of God, presented by Fett Diva Productions at the Square Space Theatre from 30 October to 9 November 2008.

She performed in Marsha Norman’s 'night, Mother (2008), The Great Outdoors (2000) and in the Sound of Music (2005).

She has presented papers at the IFTR Conference in Stellenbosch (2007) and at the 2008 Dramatic Learning Spaces conference. Her primary research areas are directing, and teaching acting, directing, and writing to students, as well as explorations of multi/intercultural performance practices.

Awards, etc

Jack Nicholson Prize for Acting at the University of California, Los Angeles.

She was nominated for a Durban Theatre Award for her direction of the Lover and her performance in 'night, Mother.



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