Herman Pretorius (1948-) is a voice artist, stage and radio actor, director and cabaret director, poet and dramatist.
(His name has on occasion been written Hermann Pretorius, as in the programme of the 1969 production of Die Pluimsaad Waai Vêr)
Born Hermanus Petrus Pretorius, he trained in Afrikaans literature and drama at the University of Stellenbosch. School teacher, drama lecturer in the Faculty of Education at the University of Stellenbosch (197*-1978) and head of the Department of Drama at the same University (1979?-1995). Acted in an enormous range of radio dramas, did some film and TV work.
Probably his most prominent and lasting contribution to theatre was his association with Hennie Aucamp, helping to develop and directing Aucamp’s Afrikaans political kabarets (“cabarets”) during the 1980s. Productions include ** and **.
He also translated and wrote some plays for student productions.
As an academic wrote on drama and theatre in education (M.Ed, University of Stellenbosch, 19**), Kabaret/Cabaret (SATJ, 199*) and South African political theatre (D.Litt., University of Pretoria, 1995). An active founder-member of SAADYT and the development of theatre and drama in education in South Africa. One of his CV's (as displayed on the Australian website www.bestsemester.com) claims - incorrectly - that "(h)is academic achievements include setting up a Research Centre for Theatre and South African theatre data base to support research. He also initiated and contributed to an internationally accredited publication, the South African Theatre Journal (SATJ)". Both these activities were in actual fact initiated by a former South African colleague.
He left South Africa with his family in 1996 to settle in New Zealand.
His career in Australia
After living in New Zealand for a few years, Pretorius moved to Australia in 2001 to become the artistic director of The Street Theatre in Acton, Australia - where he directed a number of plays - and in 2006 joined the Wesley Institute in Sydney as Head of Drama.
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