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

Drama and Musical Theatre History Lecturer

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').

Jessica Köhler

Drama Coach / Dance Instructor

Jessica Köhler is a Cape Town based performer. She graduated from UCT in 2015 with a Drama Honours in Directing and Acting. She directed and acted in several pieces at UCT, including ‘Frenzy for Two’ (2015) and ‘The Glass Menagerie’ (2014). Jessica was cast in her first television series, ‘Clan of the Cave Bear’ (Fox TV & Lionsgate), in 2014. She continued tutoring first and second year drama at UCT in 2016. Since then she has intensively studied musical theatre, and various forms of dance and movement, including ballet, jazz, tap, burlesque, pole, gymnastics, contortion and belly dancing.

After completing her studies, Jessica went on to act in the Netflix original series ‘American Monsters’ (2017) and in the Stephan Fourie Theatre Company national tour of ‘Rent’ (2017). Since then Jessica has danced in various shows including The Rougue Revue’s ‘Oh Bouy, It’s Naughtical’ (2017), ‘Wild’ (2017), and ‘Tis the Season’ (2017).

Jessica has also obtained her STOTT pilates instructor’s certification, Balletrip certification, and Trinity ATCL certification in Musical Theatre in 2017. She continues to perform, teach and instruct, and wouldn’t have it any other way.

Jillian Jooste

Dance Instructor

Jillian Jooste, from Cape Town, has been dancing and doing gymnastics since the age of 3. She graduated from the Waterfront Theatre College in 2018, where she acquired distinctions in both her Ballet and Modern dance examinations as well as completing her Imperial Classical Ballet, Teaching Associate.

Jillian performed in many college dance productions as a lead dancer, and completed in choreographic shows, winning many awards, including the award for “Most Outstanding Female Dancer” in 2017. Having just gotten back from Dancing in India for the IPL for 3 months, Jillian is excited and ready to start teaching and sharing her knowledge with the BBATA students.

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.

Ianthe Africa

Dance Instructor

Ianthé, orginally from Nambia, is a trained professional dancer and teacher. She started doing ballet from the age of 5 and has not stopped dancing since. Ianthé graduated from The Waterfront Theatre School in 2014, in which she achieved her ISTD teaching qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern dance, as well as her ATCL in Musical Theatre through Trinity College. Ianthé teaches at a few studios in and around Cape Town and is also currently a dancer for the DHL Stormers. She is also a certified Barre Instructor.


Ianthé is as passionate about dance as she is people, building relationships and teaching. She wishes for every one of her students to reach their goals and be equipped to be best dancer and performer they can be.

Wiaan Laing

Dance Instructor

Wiaan started dancing at the age of 18. After school he started his training in dance and choreography at Dance de’ Art Dance Centre in Prertoria. He has choreographed for various school productions and dance shows and in 2008, participated in the South African Championships of performing arts, receiving 4 gold medals before qualifying to go to Los Angeles, America for the World Championships of performing arts, receiving 4 silver medals. Wiaan was part of the Deja vu Dance Company between 2009 - 2013 and was also one of the main choreographers. In 2012 Wiaan danced in the Afrikaans Musical “PRETVILLE”. He has done various music videos including “Adam – Kasteel”, “Supercool / gangnum style - Dirk van der Westhuizen”, Klopjag, Pieter Koen and more. 

Wiaan moved to Cape Town early 2014 and started working in the dance/entertainment industry. He is part of the TDA organization and has his international Dance teacher’s qualification. He is TDA’s youngest examiner and is qualified to examine all the styles the TDA offers. Wiaan is trained in Hip Hop, Contemporary, Modern, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre, Ballet, Acro/Gymnastics, Sports Aerobics, Body Conditioning and more. In the last few years he has been in numerous productions, musicals and advertisement and received various awards for his performances, contributions and choreography.

Catharine Hill

Vocal Coach

Catharine Hill grew up in Port Elizabeth where she started singing and learning various musical instruments at a very young age. Her passion for musical theatre started early, and throughout her schooling career she took part in up to 18 musicals performed in the PE amateur theatre societies.

As a 16 year old Catharine was selected to perform at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town in 2007, for the president of South Africa and various other dignitaries. In 2008 she went on to teach full time at her high school, where she taught vocals, piano, steelpan and arts and culture. Catharine then went on to further her studies at NMMU where she completed her BA in Media Communication and Culture, majoring in film production and videography. After completing her degree Catharine followed her heart and passion to Cape Town where she studied at the Waterfront Theatre School, training in singing, dance, and drama. Catharine graduated from the WTS in 2016 with an Advanced 1 level in tap, an ATCL in Musical Theatre Performance and an LTCL in Vocal Coaching.

While in Cape Town Catharine has had the opportunity to perform in various shows, including ‘Footloose’, ‘Legally Blonde’, ‘Edges’ (National Arts Festival, Grahamstown), and ‘Pirates of Penzance’. Catharine is currently a freelance performer, entertainer and voice over artist, and also works at Stardust: Cape Town’s number one theatrical dining restaurant.

Sinead Donnelly

Theatre Professional / Class Cover

Sinead Donnelly is a professional freelance performer who was born and raised in beautiful Cape Town. She dances, acts, sings, choreographs and teaches and is passionate about almost anything theatre related! Graduating from the Waterfront Theatre College in 2017, she received a Diploma in Musical Theatre, Dance and Drama. It was here that Sinead achieved her ISTD Advanced 2 Ballet, Advanced 2 Modern, Advanced 2 Tap and became a qualified ISTD Tap Associate Teacher. She has her LTCL Performing Arts and is in the process of getting her LTCL Drama Teaching through Trinity, London.

Sinead has participated in the Darkroom Contemporary Trainee Programme (2018) and has achieved her Advanced 1 in RAD ballet training. She has gained her experience from being on stage in a number of productions such as “The Sound of Music” (Pieter Toerien) playing in the local nun ensemble, “Gardening and Other Distractions” (National Arts Festival 2018) playing The Person; “Fool” (Keep the Act Alive); “Spartacus of Africa” (SANDT); “JUNK” (Cape Town Fringe Festival 2016); “Sister Act: The Musical” (Waterfront Theatre College). Sinead was the choreographer for “The Producers” (Constantiaberg Theatre Players) 2018 and teaches contemporary dance at Cape Junior Ballet.

She has established her on performance collective name “Triality Collective” which provides a platform to create dance and other performance.