Aart de Villiers
Aart de Villiers (1931-1999) was a South African academic, theatre critic, stage director and translator.
Born on 5 March 1931 and grew up in Bethal in die Eastern Transvaal. He studied drama at Rhodes Univeresity and obtained his M.A.-degree from them in 1957 with a study of the poetry of N.P. van Wyk Louw. He later obtained a doctorate from the University of Pretoria, with a thesis based a director's script for Germanicus by N.P. van Wyk Louw.
He was a founding member of the Drama Department at the University of the Witwatersrand, and taught there for many years. He directed many plays and operas over the years, wrote a number of books and articles on the theory and practice of theatre, and was a reviewer of performances and texts for a number of publications.
His two most relevant books on drama are Dirigent van die Woord ("conductor of the word", a manual on directing, 1976) and Die Sawel van jou Stilsit (essays on Germanicus, 1977)
A Christmas Carol (as Pennieknyper, i.e. "Penny Pincher"), Arthur Kopit's [] as Ag Pa, arme Pa, Ma het Jou in die Kas Gehang, Dis Daarom wat ek Kla (Arthur Kopit), Alcestis by Euripides (as Alkestis, with Don Lamprecht), Gian-Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Vistors]] as Amahl en die Nagbesoekers (with Bosman de Kock) and Mozart's opera The Marriage of Figaro as Die Huwelik van Figaro (with Anton Hartman).