Dublin Theatre Festival


Lara Foot Newton

Lara earned an honours degree in drama and received an award for outstanding achievement in directing at the University of the Witwatersrand. She was inspired early on by Barney Simon, the South African director who co-founded Johannesburg's Market Theatre.

After winning the Standard Bank Young Artist of the year Award in 1995, Foot Newton held a senior directing post at the Market Theatre from 1996 to 2000. To date she has directed more than 30 productions, 23 of which have been new South African works, including a staging of Zakes Mda's novel, Ways of Dying (2000), and her own creation, Tshepang (2003).

Tshepang won best new play of the year in 2003 and will be published in April 2005. Among the contemporary classics she has directed are Waiting for Godot (2001) and A Streetcar Named Desire (2002). In 2002, Lara teamed up with fine artist Gerhard Marx to create duckrabbit productions, which focuses on short film animation and visual story telling.

More recently, Foot Newton won the prestigious Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Award and is being mentored by Sir Peter Hall. Lara is now in residence at the Baxter Theatre.



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