Gaerin Hauptfleisch

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


Born in Bloemfontein, the son of Karina Hauptfleisch and Temple Hauptfleisch, and grew up in Pretoria and Stellenbosch. Having completed his schooling at Stellenbosch High School, he spent two years in Europe and Israel before returning to study drama at the Drama Department of the University of Stellenbosch specialising in directing and stage management, then completed an M.Dram in Directing (1999).

He is married to the actress Stephanie Hough, and the couple have two sons, Nicholai and Luc.

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

Management and marketing

While a student he was the publicist for the Universiteit van Stellenbosch Drama Departement (1999-) and the librarian for the Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies ().

He has been the chairman of the Libertas Theatre Club in Stellenbosch since 2000 and has edited Ad Lib, their newsletter, since 1998.

In 2*** he became a joint owner of the educational theatre company Spektrum Produksies (1998-2000), later taking over the company. In 2*** he also founded Stercus Produksies, and adult company, to perform his own plays.

As actor:

Played 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 playwright/director

He also wrote and directed 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), Bloed (2012),

In addition he wrote and directed a number of childrens plays and plays for young people and schools, directing them for various schools and his won companies.

These include

As director/designer:

Directed 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), Nommerpas in 2015, Mis (De Wet, 2016-2018).

As stage manager and technician

He worked on a number of plays as stage manager and/or technician, including Môre is ‘n Lang Dag (Innibos-fees, directed by Albert Maritz, 2008), ****.

Gaerin directed Nommerpas in 2015.

Awards, etc


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