Jan Engelen

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Jan Engelen (1946-2018) was an actor, director, film-maker.


Born in Antwerp on 6 June 1946, the son of Fred Engelen and Tine Balder. The family moved to Stellenbosch in 1961, where he studied at the Stellenbosch University Drama Department.

Married to Amor Tredoux. He died in Stellenbosch, in 9 May 2018.

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

As a student he had a role in Don Juan onder die Boere.

Jan played the lead in Seneca's Oedipus at the Doornfontein Arena in 1971, directed by Schalk Jacobsz. Other roles for PACT included The Birds (1971), The Fantasticks (1972), Investigation into the Death of a Greek (1973), Dubbelspel met die Dood (1974), Theodora (1974), Plaston: DNS-Kind (1974), Die Rebellie van Lafras Verwey (1975).

He directed Die Bywoners’s production of the first translation of the Fugard play Hello and Goodbye called Hallo en Koebaai starring Schalk Jacobsz and Elna Potgieter at Upstairs at the Market in 1981.


Tucker, 1997.

Martin 2008.

IMDb [1].

Personal correspondence from Johann van Heerden, 9 May 2018.

Obituary written by Marko van der Colff, 22 May 2018 [2].

For more recent information see http://kyknet.dstv.com/2013/03/12/jan-engelen-as-zoutevis/

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