Caroline Smart is well known in Durban’s theatre circles for her tireless contribution towards the local arts industry. She is an award winning stage, television, radio and film actress and has been involved in almost every facet of the performing arts from script writing, drama direction for stage and radio, and as a voice-over artist and coach. Smart is a recipient of the former Durban Critic’s Circle Award for her professionalism in theatre and her work in promoting the arts in Durban.
In 2003, the Durban Theatre Awards judges presented her with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of services rendered to the theatre industry. In the same year she also received the prestigious Fool’s Award for Best Arts Journalist in KZN. In 2004, Smart reached a major highlight of her career when she acted in the international movie Wah Wah directed by Richard E Grant in Swaziland. Currently, Smart sits as a dance judge for KZN DanceLink and also serves on the Board of the Stable Theatre. She owns the online arts magazine, ArtSmart, attracting 30 000 hits a week.
She has helped guide and develop young performers and visual artists who look to her for advice and support. Her years of dedication to the industry have earned her the respect and trust of artists and audiences alike. Whether teaching, directing or reviewing, she will endeavour to keep the Durban Art scene centre stage for many years to come.