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.

Suné-Lee Esch

Dance Instructor

Suné is originally from a small town, Neslpruit, in Mpumalanga. She started recreational dancing at a late age of 15 and featured in local revues and productions at the Civic Centre. Latin & Ballroom and partner-work then being her strongest suits. She immediately started doing corporate dance events and cheerleading as soon as she turned 18. She then went on to do a 4 year course at a Theatre Institution in Cape Town and featured as a dancer, assistant choreographer and assistant director in many stage works, but mostly featured in corporate work, film and TV. Suné has trained in tap, modern, ballet and partner-work at this institution. She has obtained her International teaching Diplomas in Imperial Classical Ballet and Modern Theatre through the ISTD. She is also in the process of obtaining her Hip Hop Associate through The South African Board of Dance. Suné has danced with the DHL Dancers for the past 2 years, choreographed for an international film and was signed by Topco Models in 2015. Suné will go on to do a post graduate part-time degree in human movement, furthering her love for anatomy and physiology. She is also a fitness instructor at a health centre in Cape Town. Suné joined the BBATA team in January 2018.

Jessica Köhler

Drama Coach / Pilates 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.

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.

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.

Kayley Scanlen

Yoga Instructor

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Kayley uses her nurturing and fun loving personality to cultivate connections with all people. Through her passion for fitness, she found and fell in love with everything that yoga has to offer. As a Certified 200RYT instructor, her Vinyasa training was a journey of self-discovery, healing, and personal growth. With the Vinyasa background, Kayley creates her own classic flow with a spirit of playfulness and a dose of inspiration to help you deepen your practice. Striving to help others thrive in life by nurturing body, mind and soul with yoga, and her hope is that you step off the mat feeling refreshed, nourished and balanced. Kayley also has her “Studio Fit Instructor Certificate” and is a “Barre Body” instructor.

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.

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').

Claire Glover

Dance Instructor

Claire, originally from Port Elizabeth, graduated from the Waterfront Theatre School in 2018, where she acquired high levels in Tap Dance, Modern Dance, Ballet and Musical Theatre. Having exceeded in Ballet since she was 4 years old, she also acquired her Imperial Classical Ballet Associate in 2017. Both a passionate performer and teacher, she loves experimenting with different styles and believes dance is a cathartic experience that all ages can enjoy.