Clare Stopford (19**-) Actress and director.
The first name sometines found written Claire Stopford
Clare studied at the University of Cape Town Drama Department.
Clare initiated many projects with colleagues, e.g. with Lynne Maree, Neil McCarthy and Bo Petersen and in the late 1980s Barney Simon convinced Clare to leave acting and become the Resident Director at the Market Theatre for two years (1988-1989). She later became Associate Artistic Director at the Market (from 1995-1997).
Towards the late 2000s she had found a niche conceptualizing and directing in corporate theatre.
Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance
Performed in Along Came a Spider (with CAPAB), Death of a Salesman (Rep Season), The Relapse (Rep Season), The Duchess of Malfi (in 1979), The Final Sting of the Dying Wasp (in 1979), Happy Birthday (for Toerien/Firth in 1980), Macbeth (CAPAB 1981).
She acted in Translations, The Trojan Women, Wild Honey at the Alexander Theatre, Endpapers, Chekov in Yalta. She was also cast in a production at the old Rosebank Arena Theatre by Chris Pretorius, entitled Amandla Mr Fassbinder.
Together with Nomhle Nkonyeni, Aletta Bezuidenhout, Nandi Nyembe and Jacqui Singer she workshopped and starred in Ulovane Jive which was the opening production of the Windybrow Theatre circa 1986. She starred in Bobby Heaney’s production of Jean Genet’s The Maids at the Windybrow Theatre in 1987. She starred in Fred Abrahamse’s production of A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Market Theatre in 1989.
She directed Walking Wounded, Danny and the Desert Girl, Keep Moving Majack, Lanford Wilson’s Burn This at Upstairs at the Market in 1989, directed Stormriders and conceived and directed The Last Trek.
Other productions include Lillian, A Doll's House (1990), Hanna, Hanna Ek Sê and The Heidi Chronicles. In 1990 Clare directed Other People's Money for Pieter Toerien. The following years saw Clare directing award-winning productions like Scenes from an Execution (1994), Hysteria, Kafka Dances, Skylight, Cuba and his Teddy Bear and The Dead Wait (1997).
She has directed for television, most notably Soul City and the series Zero Tolerance.
Clare has twice won both Regional and National Vita Awards as Best Director.
She has been awarded the Ernest Oppenheimer grant for resident director at the Market Theatre in 1988.
SACD 1979/80; 1980/81.
National Arts Festival porgramme, 1991. 44.
Beeld, 12 August 1995.
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