Kim Sanssoucie

Biographical Information


Performing artist and writer Kim Sanssoucie graduated with her Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and Performance; Media and Communications from the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. Some of her theatre credits include lead roles in Shakespeares' A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (Hermia) and Twelfth Night (Viola) as well as the title role in the childrens' production of Cinderella and the British farce Noises Off. She debuted as a writer as well as acted in her stage play Ordered Love, which was accepted to be performed at The Musho! Theatre Festival Fringe. Thereafter she was cast in the musical revue Jamaican Jam and the drama and 5,6,7,8...staged at the Catalina Theatre in Durban. Her work saw her nominated for the Durban Fools' Awards for Best Breakthrough Actress and the Durban Theatre Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Drama and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical Revue.

Her stage debut in Johannesburg was Steven Feinstein's The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus, the final production of The Actors' Centre at the Joburg Theatre. She co-wrote, acted and directed the childrens' production How Rainbows Work at the Theatre at Foxwood House. As well as performing in Puss in Boots (Puss) at the National Childrens’ Theatre under director Joyce Levinsohn. A trained dancer with 9 years’ experience in ballet, modern and tap dance, Kim was part of the Flatfoot Dance Company specializing in African contemporary dance under choreographer Lliane Loots.

Her television debut was a supporting role in SABC 1’s drama series Bay of Plenty which won Best Ensemble Cast and Full Length Drama Series at the 2009 SAFTAS. In 2010/2011 Kim discovered and flexed herself as a voice artist and began work on the national radio station Good Hope FM and in 2012 on SA’s number one digital radio station on her show “Coloured In” both in Cape Town. In 2014 ‘Coloured In’ became a filler show on controversial and cutting edge online radio station Being ambitious and creatively motivated, Kim wrote and starred in the stage play 'The Dirt Road' which debuted in Paris, France as part of French Seasons 2013 at the American University of Paris and the Lavoir Moderne Parisien Theatre. 2014 saw ‘The Dirt Road’ make its African debut at the National Arts’ Festival in Grahamstown. Critics called it “Simply world-class” and the Imbewu Trust National Playwrighting Competition SCriBe nominated Kim as one of the Top 5 writers in the country for the work and did live readings at The Cape Town Fringe 2014. 2015 sees the play showcase in London at The Etcetera Theatre in Camden as a part of SA-UK Seasons 2014/2015

Kim is currently working with London based director/actor and Olivier recipient Noma Dumezweni on a staged reading for a new working titled play by Mongi Mthombeni to be presented at The Market Theatre in association with The Royal Court. Otherwise she is focused on writing new stage plays that she hopes to show locally as well as internationally, and is interested in developing and re-energizing the theatre culture in South Africa. Always positive and vibrant, Kim is a new South African voice and fresh acting talent that has an African sensibility but a global appeal.