Oscar Petersen

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Oscar Petersen (19*-) Actor , lecturer.


Born in Cape Town,



Oscar studied Drama at the University of Cape Town.


He has worked as a teacher at the Drama Department at the University of Cape Town and at Stellenbosch University .

Although trained as an actor, Oscar’s abilities stretch into teaching, writing and dancing.

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

He has appeared on stage in Juno and the Paycock (Baxter 1990) and Uncle Vanya (UCT 1993).

Co-wrote and performed in Suip! with Heinrich Reisenhofer (winner of the Fleur du Cap Award for Best New Indigenous Script 1999).

Performed in Meet Joe Barber with Heinrich Reisenhofer and David Isaacs at Skokiaan Theatre Bar, Cape Town 1999. His stage successes, Meet Joe Barber, Joe Barber, Boeta Gamat Too and Suip! have put him firmly on the map as one of Cape Town's leading writing and performing talents.

Oscar's career highlights include playing the part of Chiron in the British/South African co-production of Titus Andronicus, in which Sir Antony Sher played the lead role.

Another highlight was playing Valentine April opposite John Lynch in the movie The Quarry. This movie won the Montreal Grand Prix Prize and was on the movie circuit in twelve different European countries as well as in Japan and Canada.

He made his directorial debut with Angels Everywhere.

He has also played in several television series, including Dialtjie in Tussen Duiwels.

Awards, etc

He was nominated in 1997 for an Avanti Award as Best Actor in a television drama, for a Fleur du Cap in 2005 for Joe Barber 3 and in 2007 he shared the Skouerklop Award at the Suidoosterfees with David Isaacs for their creation of Joe Barber.


Suip! programme notes, 1999.

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