Gaerin Hauptfleisch

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Gaerin Hauptfleisch (1971-) Actor, voice artist, playwright, theatre director, stage-manager, set designer, set-builder, and publicist.


Son of Karina Hauptfleisch and Temple Hauptfleisch. Born in Bloemfontein, grew up in Pretoria and Stellenbosch. Married to Stephanie Hough.


Studied at the Drama Department of the University of Stellenbosch (completed an M.Dram in 1999), specialising in directing.


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

As actor: lead roles in Chris Vorster’s hugely popular Jeims Blond series and Why’t Burp, Saartjie Botha’s’s Spanner (2001-2), David Kramer’s Die Ballade van Koos Sas (2001), his own plays (see below) and schools productions for Spektrum Productions (1998-2000).

As director/designer: Keith Bain’s Robin Hood (1999), Pieter Fourie’s Honour thy Mother, Fuck thy Father (Naelstring in Afrikaans version - 2001), Gideon van Eeden’s Boetman is Bedônit (KKNK and Aardklop, 2007)). Assistant director/stage manager on Pieter Fourie's Gert Garries – ‘n baaisiekel babelas (Marthinus Basson, 2002).

As writer/director did the following plays with his own production company (Stercus Productions): Varknek (1999),Grensgeval (2000), Bees (2001), Bring Elvis Terug (2002), Manalleen (with Lindie Stander, 2003), Die Vaal Koestertjie (Woordfees, 2003, Trek (KKNK, 2006).

As stage manager he worked on a number of plays such as Môre is ‘n Lang Dag (Innibos-fees, directed by Albert Maritz, 2008).

Also wrote and directed a number of plays for schools.

Publicist for the Drama Department at the University of Stellenbosch (1999-), librarian for the Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies, chairman of the Libertas Theatre Club in Stellenbosch (2000-) and editor of Ad Lib, their newsletter (1998-).

Gaerin directed Gideon van Eeden’s Boetman is Bedônit (KKNK and Aardklop, 2007) and Nommerpas (2015).

Awards, etc


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