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April 25, 1934|
Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
|Occupation||Theatre director, actor|
Maurice Podbrey CM (born April 25, 1934) is a South African actor and theatre director. He has spent much of his career in Canada, where he co-founded and was the artistic director of the English-language Centaur Theatre in Montreal.
Podbrey was born in Durban in 1934 in an Lithuanian Jewish family. His father had had Bundist sympathies and his politics influenced his children; Podbrey's sister Pauline later became a trade union organiser.
Podbrey was educated at the University of the Witwatersrand and at the College of Education; after graduating, he emigrated to England and worked as a schoolteacher. In 1959, he switched careers to work as an actor and director. He briefly served as the artistic director for the Chester Playhouse before moving again to Montreal in 1967, when he was invited to join the National Theatre School of Canada as an instructor. Seeking to remedy the lack of English-language theatre in Montreal, Podbrey and Herb Auerbach opened a theatre company in Montreal's former Montreal Stock Exchange building on François-Xavier St. in Old Montreal. Podbrey was the artistic director of the newly founded Centaur Theatre, with Auerbach acting as president and founding chairman.
Having seen and admired the work of South African playwright Athol Fugard in London, Podbrey introduced his work to the North American theatre scene by staging People Are Living There at the Centaur in 1975. Podbrey held his position as artistic director of the Centaur until his retirement in 1997, when he was succeeded by Gordon McCall. He then returned to South Africa and founded Mopo Cultural Trust, a non-profit devoted to developing South African theatre.
Podbrey was awarded membership of the Order of Canada on April 19, 1991, for his services to the performing arts in Canada.
Film and television performances
|1960||Scotland Yard||Detective||Episode: "Information Received"|
|1964||A Christmas Night with the Stars||Vicar||Episode dated December 24, 1964|
|1965||Out of the Unknown||Director||Episode: "A Stranger in the Family"|
|1965||The Wednesday Play||Sergeant||Episode: "The Girl Who Loved Robots"|
|1964-66||Hugh and I||2 episodes|
|1964-1967||Theatre 625||2 episodes|
|1974||Why Rock the Boat?||Guest Speaker|
|1975||Aucassin and Nicolette||Narrator||Short|
|1977||Strangers at the Door||Short|
|1981||Happy Birthday to Me||Dr. Feinblum|
|1982||Odyssey of the Pacific||Policeman|
|1982-1983||The Mysterious Cities of Gold||Governor Pizarro||39 episodes|
|1985||One Step Away|
|1986||Spearfield's Daughter||London Editor|
|1987||The Last Straw||Dr. Cameron|
|1991||Urban Angel||Newton Mackenzie||Episode: "Battered Lives"|
|1992||The Boys of St. Vincent||Archbishop|
|1993||Love and Human Remains||The Theatre Director|
|1994||Mrs. Parker and the Vicious Circle||Long Island Investor|
|1996||Everything to Gain||The Priest|
|1998||The Adventures of Sinbad||Fin||Episode: "Castle Keep"|
|1998||The Sleep Room||Dr. Gottlieb|
|1998||Inside Out (1998 film)||Costa|
Charlebois, Gaetan. "Maurice Podbrey." Canadian Theatre Encyclopedia. N.p., 05 July 2013. Web. <http://www.canadiantheatre.com/dict.pl?term=Maurice%20Podbrey>.
Marsh, James H. "Centaur Theatre." The Canadian Encyclopedia: Year 2000 Edition. Toronto: McClelland & Stewart, 2000. 425-26. Print.
Podbrey, Maurice, and R. Bruce. Henry. Half Man, Half Beast: Making a Life in Canadian Theatre. Montréal: Véhicule, 1997. Print.