Gabriella Pinto, staged for success


If all the world’s a stage, chances are, Gabriella Pinto might be behind the scenes, calling the shots.

This multi-talented young lady finds herself directing and writing productions which are performed at Alexander Bar in Cape Town’s CBD. This establishment has a theatre upstairs above the bar. One of her most recent productions was one called, Tape.

Gabriella Pinto, staged for success

“It’s an American play about two guys and a girl who never got over things in high school. I directed it,” she said.

When Gabriella was younger her friend was doing ballet and her mother asked her if she wanted to do the same. Soon Gabriella found herself doing ballet but also tap dancing and participating in other theatrical activities at the Waterfront Theatre School.

It was these childhood engagements that led Gabriella to do a BA in theatre and performance at the University of Cape Town as well as English literature, which she believes feeds into what she does now.


When she is not involved in stage production, she is working at Dream Space Recording Studios, a company that dubs Iranian series for British and American television. She also occupies a slot on Zone Radio every Wednesday from 18:00 to 21:00 called the Hip2B Zone.

“Radio always fascinated me, I used to job shadow at KFM,” she said. When she got in touch with Richard Greggs, she was given the opportunity to audition before becoming part of the team.

But no matter what activities Gabriella engages in, her heart returns to the stage and preserving the art of theatre.


“My aim is to make people aware of the theatre. It’s hard being an artist and if you can make a contribution then that’s important to me. I think South Africa is a sporting nation, that’s why it’s important to make people aware of your work,” said the Fleur Du Cap Award nominee.

Currently, Gabriella is co-writing a play which happens to be a one woman show, this she says, leaves her both nervous and excited.

Chilton Mellem
Editor, With a National Diploma in Journalism from CPUT and experience as a newspaper reporter, Chilton shares Dino’s passion for the Portuguese community in South Africa.