Kasha Kropinski

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Kasha Kropinski
Born Katarzynka Kropiński
(1991-08-27) 27 August 1991 (age 25)
Nationality South African
Occupation Actress, voice artist, classical ballerina
Website www.kashak.info

Kasha Kropinski (born Katarzynka Kropiński on 27 August 1991) is a South African-born film and television actress, voice over artist and a classical ballerina.

Personal life[edit]

Kasha was born in South Africa, the daughter of Jacek Kropiński and Debbie Cochrane. Jacek is a filmmaker[1] and Debbie[2] is a former international model.


Kasha started out at the age of 6, performing lead roles on stage with a Cape Town theatre troupe, Stagecraft. Her roles included Christopher Robin, Peter Rabbit, Noddy, Mowgli, Frankie Fox in Fantastic Mr Fox, earning high praise from theatre critics.[3]

At this time, Kasha also gained distinction in her Trinity College London Drama exams. Concurrently, Kasha also performed in Ballet Eisteddfods and earned 5 gold medal awards.

At the age of 9, Kasha and her parents moved to Los Angeles where she began doing guest roles on TV: Angel, Without a Trace, State of Grace, Crossing Jordan, ER, The Shield, Dirt, and Zoey 101. She also did ADR (Automated Dialogue Replacement, or Additional Dialogue Recording: a form of audio dubbing) work for features Big Fish, The Hunted, The Village and Mrs. Harris. She voiced the puppy Penny in Disney’s 101 Dalmatians II: Patch's London Adventure and Miss Holly in Disney’s Prep and Landing Holiday Special. She also continued with her ballet and danced roles in the 2003 and 2004 productions of the Nutcracker ballets.

On graduating from Carpenter Avenue Elementary School in Studio City, she received the President’s Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence. Due to her ballet and acting schedule, she continued her schooling via a home-school program where she was offered to join the National Honor Society.

At the age of 11, Kasha was chosen to perform the lead role in the proposed Andrew Lippa musical, A Little Princess, and took part in a Broadway presentation for investors in New York.

When she returned to Los Angeles, she was cast in the South African film The Story of an African Farm (released in the United States as Bustin' Bonaparte: The Story of an African Farm [4]), as one of the lead characters Lyndall, playing opposite Richard E. Grant and Armin Mueller-Stahl. This movie was based on the classic literary work by Olive Schreiner and filmed in the Little Karoo semi-desert outside Cape Town, South Africa.

Kasha has attended the Royal Ballet summer school in England, the San Francisco Ballet summer school and was a finalist in Tomoorow's Stars[5] which showcases the very best young adult performers from Southern California in music, dance and voice. She appeared in the 2009 movie Fame in the role of Ballerina.

In the summer of 2009, Kasha attended the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) summer school in London, England, and on returning to Los Angeles, danced two roles in the ballet Cinderella.

In 2011 Kasha was cast as Ruth Cole in the AMC TV series Hell on Wheels,[6] a show about the community that worked in the mobile encampment which followed the First Transcontinental Railroad across America. She appeared in seasons one to four.[7]



  1. ^ "portfolio". Kropinski.net. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  2. ^ "MAKEUP". Debbiecochrane.com. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  3. ^ "Press". Kashak.info. 2013-07-20. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ "Segerstrom Center for the Arts Official Site". Ocpac.org. 1990-01-01. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  6. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (2013-03-08). "VH1's TLC Biopic Casts 2, Kasha Kropinski Upped To Regular On AMC's 'Hell On Wheels'". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  7. ^ "AMC Renews Hell on Wheels for an Expanded Fourth Season – AMC". Blogs.amctv.com. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  8. ^ "Underwater Upside Down". IMDb.com. 1 January 2000. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 
  9. ^ "And the Cost of Education". IMDb.com. 15 November 2015. Retrieved 2017-02-26. 

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