Karina Hauptfleisch

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Karina Hauptfleisch (1945-). Librarian, teacher, arts researcher.


Born Karina Lou Bekker in Graaff-Reinet, schooling i.a. at Meisieskool Oranje in Bloemfontein, studied at the University of the Orange Free State (UOFS), obtaining a BA with majors in English and History. Married Temple Hauptfleisch in 1968. Mother of IT Company director Anzel Mercker and theatre director, designer and writer Gaerin Hauptfleisch.

Taught one year, then worked for PACOFS as part-time usher and assistant front-of-house manager. Worked in libraries in Pretoria and Stellenbosch for 26 years, then became a research assistant and educational co-ordinator of outreach programmes at the University of Stellenbosch's University Museum and Gallery (2000-).

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

She was for a brief time the secretary of Dinkteater in the 1970s, and served on the editorial staff of the South African Theatre Journal as subscriptions manager for almost twenty years (1992-2011).


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