Selaelo Maredi

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Dan Selaelo Maredi (19**- ). South African theatre director and playwright.

Career

The career of Selaela Maredi began in the early Seventies when he was a co-founder of the Experimental Theatre Workshop which contributed greatly to the development of skills for the current generation of Black South African theatre. With this group he created Crossroads and Survival, which were staged at The Space in the 1970s.

In 1977 he left for the US to play off-Broadway in Survival. In 1990 he performed in the play again when Jerry Mofokeng revived Survival while studying in New York.

After many years he became artistic director of the Julian Theatre in San Francisco. He returned to South Africa in 1994 after fourteen years of exile in the United States.

He was appointed director in residence at the Market Theatre in 1997 and in 2000 he became associate artistic director for the year. In 2002 became a board member of the Limpopo Province branch of PANSA.

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

He appeared on stage in Marabi (the play) (1995), The Good Woman of Sharkville (1996).

He wrote (with Steve Friedman) and directed the satire Homeland in 1992, Blackage in 1995, Beautiful Things (2001).

Sources

Astbury 1979.

The Citizen, 7 January 1997.

Pretoria News, 4 March 1997.

The Citizen, 22 January 2000.

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