Born and raised in Vancouver and Canada, Barbara is one of Canada’s hottest up and coming directors of Musical Theatre. She has made a career working in theatres across Canada directing, acting and producing musicals, plays and new works. Her skills as a musician, singer, dancer, actor and producer have branded her as a director who approaches the work from all sides, and is able to collaborate on every level. Barbara has worked with such companies as Soulpepper Theatre, The Gateway Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, and the Firehall Arts Centre.
A graduate of UBC and JIPA with a MFA in Directing and a diploma in performance, Barbara has a special love for Musical Theatre that developed after hearing her Dad belt out Fiddler on the Roof in their living room. After training as a classical pianist, Barbara was bitten by the theatre bug and pursued her dream to become an actor. Her favourite parts so far have been Maria in the Sound of Music, Anna in The King and I and Cathy in the critically acclaimed Canadian Premiere of The Last Five Years (Jessie Nominated Performance) at the Firehall Arts Centre.
Recently Barbara directed the hit production of Crazy for You, which was nominated for three Jessie awards, including outstanding director and 12 ovation awards and won for Outstanding Director, Production, Choreography and Set Design. She has directed musicals and plays in every possible kind of space, from traditional theatres, studio spaces, in the round, as well site specific pieces like the critically acclaimed Goblin Market, using two actors and a small orchestra in a small park. Barbara is currently directing Wizard of Oz at Gateway Theatre in Richmond.