A conversation with Gina Shmukler

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Sarafina Magazine sat down with Gina Shmukler in a candid discussion around how she navigated her way through her career in the arts.

Referencing “Aunty Merle” the musical as well as her global travelling, she rates her proudest achievement as writing and directing “The Line”.

 

 

“Gina Shmukler has been in the entertainment industry since she was six years old. In her career, her theatre work as an actress, director and producer, has garnered ten theatre nominations and four awards across different genres ranging from Mamma Mia and Chess, to Master Class and Silk Ties.

In 2013, after completing her Master’s Degree in Drama at the University of Witwatersrand, Gina was the proud recipient of the Dr Sibongile Khumalo Creative Research Award. Her select directorial credits include; The LineLost in the StarsSongs for a New WorldThe Market Theatre’s Brer RabbitBeautiful CreaturesLove: A Musical RevueThe Last Five Years and The Whole Megillah.

Having taken a performance hiatus, Gina returned to the stage in 2017 in Mike van Graan’s Helen of Troyeville. At the end of 2018, she returned to her musical theatre roots by stepping into Aunty Merle the Musical, which makes its way to Joburg Theatre following three sold-out engagements in Cape Town.

Who or what inspired you to pursue a career in the arts?

I would have to say my sisters. My older sister had just done The Sound of Music forBrickhill/Burke. I was six years old and the next show they were doing was Annie. I auditioned for Annie and the theatre bug bit. “

Read the full article here.


Sarafina Magazine is an online publication celebrating South African women in the arts. Through a series of interviews we will explore the narrative of these artists by providing an inside look into their careers, insights and artistic endeavours. Sarafina Magazine aims to promote gender parity in the arts. Visit their site to read more amazing stories.

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