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Pamela Tancsik is a UKZN Honorary Lecturer. She has a masters in Theatre History, Jewish studies, New German Literature and Philosophy from Munich Ludwig Maximilians University (LMU) and was a guest student for set design at the Salzburg Mozarteum. She obtained her doctorate in theatre history in 1998 from LMU in Munich.
She holds a diploma as a social worker within the field of art therapy and a diploma in health pedagogy (Yoga and Ayurveda). Her dissertation The Prague Opera is called Zemlinsky – Opera history of the New German Theatre Prague in the era Zemlinsky 1911-1927 was published with Boehlau 2000 in Vienna and was based on extensive research work in a number of international music and history archives (Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Israel, United States). A new updated version of this book will be translated into Czech and published for the Zemlinsky centenary 2011 in Prague.
Dr Tancsik is a professional puppeteer and theatre practitioner for more than 30 years. She started her theatre career in 1978 at the Munich Marionette Theatre and worked for the Bayerische Staatsoper and the Theater am Gaertnerplatz as assistant director and dramatic advisor for several opera productions.
She immigrated to South Africa in 1998 and started off in Johannesburg as a drama lecturer at the Market Theatre and as an artistic director for SABC educational TV (Rapid Phase). She moved to Durban and founded in 2000 her own puppet company Tekweni Puppetplays which specializes in educational plays for children. She wrote, directed and performed puppet plays for the KZN Department of Health and SAPS Pinetown. Her shows are well known at pre-schools and educational centres in and around Durban.
In 2007 she was awarded a NRF research scholarship in collaboration with SAMAP (South African Music Archive Project). Result of her research was the article Tracing Joseph Trauneck – The Wanderings of a Persecuted Man, recently published with FONTES ARTIS MUSICAE. She worked for the UKZN School of Music since 1999, directed most of the opera productions and concerts and conceptualized the course German for singers for the Opera Studio & Choral Academy (OSCA).
Her interests include, opera history, opera and music theatre of the 20th century, development of classical music in South Africa.