B.A.: University of the Orange Free State (1966), M.A. (Greek Dramatic Conventions in Modern Drama - University of South Africa 1972) , D.Litt. et Phil .: (The Play as Communication: A Study of the Language of Drama - UNISA 1978).
Temple Hauptfleisch was formerly the head of the Centre for SA Theatre Research (CESAT – 1979-1987), the Chair of the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department (1995-2005) and the Director of the Centre for Theatre and Performance Studies at Stellenbosch (1994-2008). Currently he is a research professor in the department and chief editor and publisher of the South African Theatre Journal ( which he co-founded with Ian Steadman in 1987). He is a member of the editorial boards of the book series Themes in Theatre – Collective Approaches to Theatre and Performance (Rodopi) and the international journals African Performance Review, Critical Perspectives (Cameroon), Perfformio, and Critical Stages, and a member of numerous academic societies, both alocal and international, serving on the executive of the International Federation for Theatre Research foor ten years (1999-2008). The most recent among his more than eighty works on the history of South African theatre, research methodology and the sociology of theatre are two books - Theatre and Society in South Africa: Reflections in a Fractured Mirror (J.L. van Schaik, 1997) and Festivalising! Theatrical Events, Politics and Culture (Edited by Temple Hauptfleisch, Shulamith Lev-Aladgem, Jacqueline Martin, Willmar Sauter, Henri Schoenmakers. Amsterdam: Rodopi Publishers, 2007). Five book chapters have recently appeared in international publications, including articles on Ibsen in South Africa, Stanislavski in South Africa and Practice as Research. Current projects are the Companion to South African Theatre, ongoing research with The Theatrical Event Working group of the IFTR and articles on aspects of South African theatre for a number of international publications. He is also a published Afrikaans and English playwright.