Rob Murray,PHD (2013 to present


Rob Murray is currently reading towards a PhD in Performance Studies focussing on Mask and Visual Theatre in South Africa and is Co-Artistic Director of the collective, A Conspiracy of Clowns (winner of two Standard Bank Ovation Awards at the National Arts Festival, a Fleur du Cap Theatre Award, and a Handspring Puppet Company Award). AKA “Ugli Bob”, Rob was a founder member and Artistic Director of South Africa’s premier Deaf and hearing Visual Theatre company, from the hip: khulumakahle (FTH:K), 2005-2012. In his time with the company, and through creating over 20 original collaborative works, FTH:K won a number of major theatre awards – most notably the 2005 Arts and Culture Trust Award for Cultural Development, the 2008 Arts and Culture Trust Award for Creative Initiatives, the 2010 Herbert Dhlomo Naledi Award for Emerging Theatre Companies, and most recently the 2012 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for Innovation in Theatre. The company toured internationally to Germany in 2007, Argentina in 2009, USA in 2011, and was also invited to festivals in New York and Madrid. In 2010, Rob was one of 25 international candidates nominated for the Rolex Mentor and Protégé Arts Initiative and was also mentored by theatre luminary Lara Foot. An active theatre maker, performer, and educator in South Africa, Rob holds an MA degree from Rhodes University, and has returned to his alma mater to read for his doctorate, shifting from practitioner to practitioner-researcher. A member of Puppetry South Africa (formerly UNIMA), the Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA), and Assitej South Africa, and a continual work-in-progress, Rob has worked at Rhodes University, Community Arts Project (CAP), Arts and Media Access Centre (AMAC), CityVarsity Cape Town, AFDA Cape Town, University of Cape Town, New Africa Theatre Association (NATA), and was also Resident Director of Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company in 2012. His PhD supervisors are Prof Juanita Finestone-Praeg (Drama Department) and Prof Ruth Simbao. 

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