Gina Shmukler
(KDHSL 1988) 

 Gina Shmukler has been in the entertainment industry since she was six years old when she played Molly in Brickhill – Burkes production of Annie. Her work has taken her throughout South Africa and the USA, where she lived for many years, as well as Namibia, Zimbabwe, Amsterdam, Mauritius, Athens, Sweden, Tokyo and Seoul.
In her career, her theatre work, as actress, director and producer, has garnered ten theatre nominations and four awards across different genres from Mamma Mia and Chess, to Masterclass and Silk Ties. In 2013, after completing her Masters Degree in Drama at the University of Witwatersrand, Gina was the proud recipient of the Dr Sibongile Khumalo Creative Research Award for ‘outstanding practice-based research by a post-graduate student’ from the Faculty of Humanities. This was as a result of a play she created called The Line, based on the Xenophobic attacks of 2008.

Gina says, ‘As I have grown into adulthood and motherhood- and from actress to director, to creative director, to teacher – with the roles continually swopping- the key thing I hold onto is knowing ‘my voice’. This is something I believe was explored and nurtured in my high school years at King David Linksfield, culminating in a play called Stop Press which a number of students workshopped and took to the play festival RAPS. It was an anti-apartheid play in 1986!’

Gina is about to step onto the set of Shark Tank where she will be coaching the entrepreneurs, and then begins her work on SA’s Got Talent, a musical called PASSING STRANGE, and various corporate theatre events which she will direct.