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Inge Crafford-Lazarus

Inge Crafford-Lazarus

Artist Profile

Actress, Presenter

 

Date of Birth: 14 September 1992

Height: 1.61m  Hair: Brown  Eyes: Hazel

Languages: Afrikaans, English

Website: ingecl.com

Skills: Singing: Soprano (ABRSM gr 8), ballet (RAD Advanced 1 including pointe work), contact improvisation, choreography, piano (ABRSM gr 8), Accents: Baseline American Dialect

 

Growing up in a family that nurtured appreciation for the performing arts, Inge has been attending ballets, operas, and musical theater in South Africa for longer than she can remember. She played the piano and trained in classical ballet from the age of five, throughout her childhood, until eventually completing the ABRSM grade eight examinations for piano and singing as well as the RAD Advanced one ballet exam.

Her acting training began in the tenth grade at Crawford College Pretoria. After matriculating in 2010, Inge auditioned abroad and was accepted into New York University’s (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts. She graduated four years later with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theater, with honors.

While at NYU, her academic education included courses in theater history, theater criticism and dramaturgy. She also completed a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies.

Inge received practical training at NYU affiliated studio: Playwrights Horizons Theater School – a school that proudly trains not just actors, but well-rounded collaborative artists who have an understanding of what it means to be a theater maker outside of being a performer. Though Inge chose to specialize in performance she was instructed in directing, theater design and playwriting in addition to acting, scene study, Shakespeare, acting for film, audition technique, movement (especially contact improvisation), voice, speech and vocal performance.

Among her instructors were Yale School of Drama alumni Derek Lucci and Karron Graves (Twentieth Century Fox’s The Crucible, Coram Boy on Broadway), Sam Pinkleton (choreographer of Machinal on Broadway) and Rachel Chavkin (two time Obie Award winner, director of Natasha Pierre and The Great Comet of 1812 set to open on Broadway in October 2016 starring Josh Groban).

After graduating, Inge spent another year in New York with an optional training visa, which allowed her to complete a teaching fellowship assisting in training younger actors at the University. In addition, she gained experience acting for student films and produced and directed a production of Romeo & Juliet in NYC in June of 2016.

Theater credits include Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Ariel,Trinculo and others) and leading roles in Chekhov’s Three Sisters (Masha), Tennessee Williams’s Ten Blocks on the Camino Real (Esmeralda) and a new play by Jen Silverman titled That Poor Girl and How He Killed Her, in which Inge originated the role of Briget.  

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