Actress Yllka Gashi on her lead role in HIVE (2021). Photography by Alexander Bloom.


Yllka Gashi is an Albanian award-winning actress based in New York, hailing from Prishtina, Kosovo, where she was born and raised. She started her acting career when she was 17 after being cast on her first ever audition in 1999. Throughout the 2000s she appeared in numerous theater productions, short and feature films, as well as TV series. As a onetime refugee, Yllka served both as a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF and Artist Ambassador for Save the Children in Kosovo. She immigrated to the United States in 2015 and had her American stage debut in May 2018 in an off Broadway hit show “Women on Fire-Stories from the frontlines”, written and directed by Chris Henry at Royal Family Productions in New York City. Yllka lives with her family in the US.


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