Anton Krueger

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Anton Krueger (1971-). Academic, lecturer, playwright, poet, musician, photgrapher and film maker.


Born Anton Robert Krueger in Phalaborwa, South Africa on 28 September 1971, he studied at the University of Pretoria, completing a D.Litt degree in English Literature (his doctoral thesis published as Experiments in Freedom in 2010), and was appointed lecturer in drama at Rhodes University in 200*. As an academic he has presented papers at conferences on philosophy, literature and theatre in South Africa, as well as in Australia, Russia, the Netherlands, Finland, China, Argentina, Germany and Portugal. He has published articles in the South African Theatre Journal, English in Africa, Scrutiny2, Current Writing and has reviewed books and drama for The Sunday Independent, the Mail and Guardian, Wordstock and Cue.

He has published creative work under the pseudonyms of Martin de Porres, Robert Krueger, A.R. Krueger, Perd Booysen (in collaboration with Pravasan Pillay) and Sybrand Baard (in collaboration with Werner Pretorious).

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

His plays have been staged in South Africa, as well as in England, Wales, Australia, the U.S.A., Monaco, Venezuela, Argentina and Chile. A number have been published. Among them are:

The Velvet City (1996); In the Blue Beaker: A Comedy about Suicide (1997 / 2009); Vanessa and the Vanguard (1999); Mediocrity (2000); Living in Strange Lands (also known as Tsafendas) - a play about Hendrik Verwoerd's assassin Dimitri Tsafendas. (2001); The Importance of Being Thabo (2002); Sasha's Secret Language (2003); Dialectics # 1 (2004); Chatter (2007/8); Caitlyn and Thandi and “Behind the Bicycle Sheds, two plays for adolescents (2009).

Academic publications, besides his 2010 book, include articles on various South African plays, (e.g. Woyzeck on the Highveld, Happy Natives), and various aspects of the South African theatre and performance.

His other interests are poetry (poems have appeared in a range of South African literary magazines and journals), phtography, music (plays the classical guitar and has written music for plays), and film making (has been involved in making a number of short films over the years).


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