Lara Foot-Newton

Lara Foot Newton

I am Lara, an award-winning playwright, writer and director. I was born and grew up in Pretoria, but in 2005 relocated from Johannesburg to Cape Town with my family to take up the position of Resident Director and Dramaturg at the Baxter Theatre. In January 2010, I was appointed CEO and Director of the Baxter.

I completed my BA (Hons) degree at Wits University in 1989 and in 2007 I attained my master’s degree at the University of Cape Town. I have directed over 40 professional productions, 29 of which have been new South African plays. I also founded the Barney Simon Young Directors and Writers Festivals and have been integral in the development of more than 35 new South African plays. My passion is the development of new indigenous work, young writers and directors.

My idea worth spreading to present at TEDxCapeTown 2012 is the value of theatre to promote honesty, telling stories to re-write the plot of our lives.