Actress - Musician - Arts Facilitator - Poet - Artist - Author

South African born and bred, Barbara-Anne has been a performance artist her whole life.
She began training in Classical Ballet at 3 years of age and played MARIA in her high school production of WEST SIDE STORY, she then went on to study performing arts at Technikon Natal. While there she played the lead in a broad range of plays and dance productions such as: ANTIGONE, STORY OF AN AFRICAN FARM, THE BALCONY, DIE VAN AARDES VAN GROOTOOR and THE LULLABY. During this time she was delighted to be cast as a lead actress in productions directed by Garth Anderson playing CARLA in KENNEDY’S CHILDREN as well as BLONDE SISTER 2 in the infamous anti-apartheid political satire BLONDE SISTERS.

From her first years as an Arts and Drama student at Technikon Natal, Barbara-Anne was writing her own plays as well as working professionally as an actress in the KwaZulu Natal Arts scene. Her first independent stage production as writer and director in the 1980's was a dark drama ALL HAS HAPPENED BEFORE & WILL AGAIN, this was followed by her quirky and fun 'blood-sucking' musical THE LADY IS A VAMP. Barbara-Anne was delighted when her debut show received rave reviews by the public and critics alike. Now that she had tested her legs as a writer, director and performer, she relocated to Johannesburg in 1989.

Once in Johannesburg, she was cast as the tap dancing, kung fu fighting, rock singing LITTLE GOODIE TWO-SHOES who saves planet earth in John Rothman's rock opera SHOCK ROCK. It was her first big musical where she shared the stage with South African singing legends such as Mara Louw, Eugene Havenga and Peter Taylor. Following this, she was thrilled to work under the direction of masters of farce Rex Garner and Tammy Bonnell playing PEARL in Pieter Toerin's hit show BIRD'S OF PARADISE.

From 1990 to 1992, Barbara-Anne worked as a cabaret artist on various INTERNATIONAL CRUISE LINERS for 6 months of each year alternating as a cabaret artist on the SUN INTERNATIONAL CABARET CIRCUIT, for the remaining 6 months of each year.

In 1993 Barbara-Anne produced her stunning black comedy musical, STAGE FRIGHT which was directed by Graham Clarke. This production was first staged at City Lights Theatre in Cape Town and then at various theatres throughout Johannesburg, including a performance at the Sun City Super Bowl. In 1995 Barbara-Anne wrote, directed, and performed in her extremely successful sold out 60’s & 70’s hit musical tribute show FEELIN’ GROOVY, which first appeared at Bertie's Big Easy and then went on to appear in theatres throughout South Africa right until 2004 this included two nine-month long seasons at Richard Loring's Sound Stage, as well as a performance at the Fabulous Sun City Super Bowl.

In 1993, Barbara-Anne also began her work as a Performance Arts Facilitator for Group and Team Building Events. Over the last three decades, she developed her own unique brand of combining the Performance Arts with Body Percussion and Poetry. At these events she focuses on the development of key personal and social skills such as enhanced verbal, visual and physical memory skills as well as improved aural perception linked to language development.

Barbara-Anne continues with this particular work to the present day and has a host of corporate clients who after completing her team building activities have a better understanding of each other's strengths, weaknesses, and interests. This new understanding helps the groups to work even better together for the future progress vital to any company.

Over the years, Barbara-Anne has become an accomplished voice over artist for television and radio. She has also appeared in varied cameo roles in various South African TV drams. On stage she has an engaging and relaxed manner, and it is obvious to all that observe her, that this is where she is right at home.

In 2002 Barbara-Anne realised a life-long dream by opening her own supper theatre called THE STAGE DOOR THEATRE. Her theatre in the heart of bohemian Melville, Johannesburg, became a valuable Tuesday night platform for new and emerging comedic talent. Based at her theatre, she also ran the DRAMATIC PAUSE theatre school, an exciting weekend drama school for children.

THE STAGE DOOR THEATRE was also a popular Sunday night gig for local bands as well as a weekly favourite for the public who enjoyed Barbara-Anne's various original production such as the naughty MEN ARE FROM BARS, THE PIAN MAN, as well as the outrageous and raucous MEN BEHAVING BADLY. While here, Barbara-Anne also wrote and directed her first children's play: VICKY AND THE WISHING HAT - TALES FROM THE HARD-TO-FIND FOREST.

In 2009, after years of working with big bands and many talented performers, she embarked on her career as a solo performer. She wrote, produced, and toured throughout South Africa with her extremely successful and much loved one woman show CASUAL SAX. This she followed with her typically funny and very entertaining second one woman show, SAX APPEAL.

Barbara-Anne is passionate about both children and animals and has worked with many charity organisations over the years such as CHOC, The Society for Animals in Distress, Animal Anti Cruelty League, Feral Cat Rescue and The Life Centre Girls Shelter, Johannesburg.

In September 2016, Barbara-Anne relocated to Geneva, Switzerland, where she continues to perform, write, and facilitate company team building events.

In early 2018, her first children's book "A FAMILY JUST LIKE MINE" was published by Springtime Publishers. She was asked to speak at the FIGT 2018 conference in The Hague regarding her book. Barbara-Anne has completed writing her second children's book which should be published in early 2021.

Barbara-Anne has completed her Certificate in Healing with the Arts on-line through Florida University and is currently studying to complete further certificates in this field.