Price Coetzee

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Price Coetzee (194*-****) is a multilingual South African born actor, designer and director, working much of his life in US theatre, television and film.

Biography and Training

Studied at the University of Stellenbosch, where he found mentors in the brilliant Speech and Voice Coach Rina Botha, who was instrumental in guiding his early professional career, as well as Tine Balder, Jos de Bruyn, Ben Dehaeck, Limpie Basson and Gisela Taeger. He later also spent two years in London ewhere he trained at The Drama Studio, London (1974/5) as well as the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (1974]) and a Master Class with Lee Strasberg at the Lee Strassberg Theater Institute (California, 1977).


Worked in South Africa as an actor and costume designer from 1968 to 1976, then became an Acting and Movement Coach at the Maas-Phillips Studio in Cape Town (February 1977 – April 1977), before moving to the USA,

In the USA he did some stage work as actor, producer and director, and ended up working in Studio operations with NBC/Universal for over 30 years, until January 2011. His post there included a period as Supervisor - Costume Rental Division (August 1982 – June 2007). After his retirement, in 2011, became an independent dramaturge working in theatre, television and film.

Stage work in South Africa

He worked in Pretoria for PACT from January 1969 through December 1970 (Die Koopman van Venesië; Kinkels in die Kabel), [1969] "Sirkusavontuur'; "Sextet 1969"; "Koopman van Venesie" - [Breytenback - Pretoria; Alexander Theatre - Johannesburg]; "Sinbad, the Sailor", etc. [1970} "Drie Susters"; "Kinkels in Die Kabel"; "Antigone", etc., Die Koopman van Venisië (The Merchant of Venice, 1969), Kinkels in die Kabel (an adaptation A Comedy of Errors, 1970];

Worked for CAPAB from January 1971 through December 1972 (Nico Malan Theatre Premieres of Koning Lear and Hond se Gedagte both directed by Dieter Reible. He acted in and designed costumes for Bart Nel, KRUIK, 1972 and did experimental work at the Hofmeyr Theatre, (including Die Twee Laksmanne by Fernando Arrabal), etc.; also Moeder Courage directed by Truida Louw with Anna Neethling-Pohl. KRUIK also staged their own production with Babs Laker.

He now turned freelance, working for various companies, doing, inter alia, Hamlet (PACOFS and CAPAB, 1973), Feydeau's Hond se Gedagte (PACOFS and PACT, 1973); Moeder Courage (1973), Saturday, Sunday, Monday (NAPAC, 1976) and the revivals and touring productions of Faan se Trein and Faan se Stasie (Lake Theatre, Johannesburg 1976).

Stage work abroad

Performed in Marilyn for Cloudscope (Arts Theatre, London, 1975),

Produced and Directed the West Coast Premiére of Robin Maugham's Enemy!, Eduardo Manet's The Nuns (1977), US Premiére of Chronological Worry by Sarah D. Witten, (The Whitefire Theatre, Sherman Oaks, CA, 1987).

South African Film work

Appeared in the film Tant Ralie se Losieshuis (1974).


E-mail correspondence with Price Coetzee (2015)

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