BBATA

The Team

Meet the people who work tirelessly to keep everything running smoothly.

Byron Bure

Head of Drama & Musical Theatre

Byron grew up in the small town, Estcourt, in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands. He sang in one of South Africa’s internationally acclaimed choirs, 'The KwaZulu-Natal Youth Choir', for 3 years, participating in numerous international choral competitions all over Europe.

After completing his studies in which he obtained his Licentiate in both Drama and Musical Theatre, Licentiate Teaching Diploma and a postgraduate course in Stage Directing at the Waterfront Theatre College, Byron joined the teaching staff for two years. Byron won Best Musical Theatre Actor in his third year and was honoured with the Most Outstanding Student award in his final year. In January 2016, Byron opened the doors to his own Drama, Musical Theatre and Dance Academy in Gardens, Cape Town – Byron Bure Academy of Theatre Arts.

Byron has performed in numerous productions including ‘Godspell’, ‘Hairspray’, ‘Preeoudly Seeouff Effriken’, ‘A Chorus Line’, ‘The Yellow Wood’ (the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown), 'Footloose' and ‘Othello’ before co-writing and starring in the touring show ‘The Regulars’. Byron’s directing debut started with Jason D. Martin’s ‘Dying Light’, at the Galloway Theatre in Cape Town, that also toured to The National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. It has since been showcased in the Afrikaans translation, ‘Donker Lig’ at The Klein Libertas Theatre, Stellenbosch and Die Pierneef Theatre in Pretoria. He then directed Doctor Godenstein’s Man in Cape Town, in 2016. In 2017, Byron directed the national tour of the musical, ‘RENT’ before assisting in directing ‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Artscape Theatre in Cape Town.

Tara Macpherson

Head of Drama

Tara is originally from Cape Town and passionate about anything and everything related to theatre. Her passion led her to study Drama and Musical Theatre at the Waterfront Theatre School where she graduated in 2015, achieving her LTCL in Musical Theatre with distinction, and ATCL in Drama and Speech.

Her theatre credits include 'Othello: A Woman’s Story' (Lodovico/Stage Manager); 'The Tree Snake and Someone’s Silence' (Stage Manager); The production of 'RENT' (Alexi Darling), 'Pirates of Penzance' (Edith), 'Pop-Up Tales' (Improvised Storyteller), 'the Crucible' (Mary Warren), 'Secret Santa' (Mrs Parker) and 'Romeo and Juliet: Sort of' (Nurse). Her Television/Film credits include 'Signal High' (Betty), 'A Cinderella Story: If the Shoe fits' (Isla/Artsy Girl), 'Dark Towers' (Vampire) and 'Black Mirror Nosedive' (Office Lady).

She is also a Voice Dubbing Artist for Blended Audio (Most notable voicing Indira and Zara on the Indian Soap Opera 'Iron Lady on Zee World') and Cape Town Audio Post (Most notable voicing Mole in the Chinese cartoon 'Panda and Little Mole').

Ilona Frege

Drama and Movement Coach

Originally from Windhoek, Namibia, Ilona has been based in Cape Town for several years. She has more than 30 years of experience working professionally as a choreographer, performer, theatre educator, and theatre-maker. She specialises in physical theatre, contemporary dance, choreography, voice and acting. She holds the degrees B. Dram from Stellenbosch University (1985), BA Honours (Drama) from Rhodes University (1988) and she recently successfully completed reading for her MA (Music) in Dance at UCT (2019). Ilona was a founding member of Gary Gordon's First Physical Theatre Company. She has taught at various tertiary institutions over the years, including the University of Stellenbosch Drama Department, Wits School of Arts, and at UCT School of Dance, now the Centre for Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies.

Ilona teaches part-time at LAMTA and has been teaching physical theatre workshops and modules at various schools in the Western Cape for several years. In 2019 she launched Frege Moves, offering specialised training in physical theatre, contemporary dance and movement for performance. Ilona continues to perform and create original work.

Amber Morgan

Dance Instructor

Amber started dancing at the age of 3. After finishing high school in 2016 she attended Waterfront Theatre College, where she studied under the ISTD (imperial society of teachers of dance); attaining her advanced levels in modern theatre dance, tap dance and ballet, as well as her teaching qualifications in modern theatre and tap dance. In her years of studying, she has been accredited for her performances in “Cinematic Motion” (2017 at the Masque Theatre), “All the Worlds a Stage” (2018 at the Masque Theatre), Winner of the best solo choreographer award 2018, “From the Top” (2019 at the Masque Theatre), guest performer at the Dancers Love Dogs event at the Artscape Theatre 2019, performer at the Baxter Dance Festival 2019, guest performance at the AIDT gala event at the Baxter Theatre 2019.

She made her acting debut in 2011 on the MNet series “The Wild” as the role of Amber Van Reenen. She is the co-founder of Tacit Tap, a tap dance choreography company.

Liné Koen

Vocal Coach

Liné Koen has been involved in the arts for over eighteen years. She studied a four-year Bachelor of Music degree at Stellenbosch University, specialising in Voice and Musicology, graduating in 2018. In July 2018, she received a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts USA for a second BMus program in Jazz singing. After much deliberation, she rather applied to the award-winning LAMTA (Luitingh Alexander Musical Theatre Academy) at Theatre on the Bay, Cape Town, South Africa, where she trained in singing, acting and dancing under the pedagogy of numerous national and international legends. She graduated in December 2020, receiving the award for top achiever at LAMTA as well as the 2020 Fleur du Cap Theatre Award for 'Most Promising Student in the Western Cape'.

She was recently in the cast of the Followspot production of 'You Should be Dancing' as well as 'Feeling Pretty' at the Kalk bay Theatre. Liné has a keen interest in Music Education and Musicology and can be found, in her spare time, learning new repertoire and making music.

Alice Viskat

Dance Instructor

Originally from George, Alice Viskat moved to Cape Town after she matriculated in 2016. She started her tuition at the Waterfront Theatre School and completed her training in 2020. While she was there she achieved her advanced 2 ballet and modern and advanced 1 tap through the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance); and ATCL in Musical Theatre through Trinity College. She was also in many shows including 'Cinematic Motion' (2017 at the Masque Theatre), 'All The World’s A Stage' (2018 at the Masque Theatre), 'From The Top' (2019 at the Masque Theatre) and 'Dancers Love Dogs' (2019 at the Artscape).

During her graduation, Alice received trophies for 'Best Choreography', 'Most Promising Ballet Teacher' and 'Most Promising Ballet Dancer.' Alice made her acting debut in 2021 on the set of a Netflix series, where she played assistant to the leading role and has been in several adverts since. She has also directed and produced her own short films and pieces of choreography, one of which was set to premiere at the Baxter Theatre prior to COVID.

Leila Meyer

Dance Instructor

Leila began her dance career with modern dance at the age of 10. She later went on to train in hip hop dancing, which led to her representing South Africa at the Hip Hop World Championships in Las Vegas, USA for three years in a row. Leila has also studied contemporary dance at UCT as one of her majors in her degree. In addition, Leila has also completed her modern dance teaching associate through the Association of International Dance Teachers (AIDT).

Leila also Co-founded the Elevation Dance Company which was established in 2017. Her professional career has seen her cast in commercials such as Adidas, Volkswagen and also starring in the Bring It On 6 movie. She worked professionally in Johannesburg for 3 years and worked with many companies for corporate gigs. She even had the opportunity to dance on live TV for Idols South Africa twice, even choreographing a dance.

Nadine Suliaman

Social Media and Marketing

Nadine Suliaman studied Musical Theatre and Dance at the Waterfront Theatre School where she achieved her Trinity LTCL in Drama, Musical Theatre and Drama Teaching, as well as her advanced levels in Tap, Modern and Ballet. During College she performed as a member of the ensemble in 'Footloose' the Musical, the role of Pilar in 'Legally Blonde' the Musical and Tituba in 'The Crucible'. Since College she played the role of Mimi in Rent the Musical, worked for Hooked on Books, performed in David Kramer’s 'Langarm' at the Fugard, performed in many children’s theatre shows including 'Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears' and 'Pinocchio' and she starred in 'Kaapse Stories' at The Rockwell Theatre. Most recently she performed in the ensemble of David Kramer’s 'Danger in The Dark' at the Baxter Theatre and in Pieter Toerien’s 'The Producers', at Theatre on The Bay, as a member of the ensemble.

Nadine hopes to bring her experience of the Cape Town Theatre Industry to the students of BBATA and help them take their performances and skills to the next level.