Bianca de Klerk (Musical director and Performer) studied at the University of Stellenbosch where she completed an Honours degree in CABARET. She has since written, produced, musically directed and performed in productions across South Africa. She was seen in some of the following productions at the Stellenbosch Woordfees in the past four years: Askoek, ‘n Kabarett (wrote and performed) at Aan de Braak Teater directed by Rian Visman (2010 and 2011)
Die Deurbraak Fees at Aan de Braak Teater (2009). She was a singer at Die Nagkat in 2011. In 2011 she wrote, produced, performed in and musically directed a successful run of the cabaret: Feathers for Flight. It was performed at the Dorpstraat Teater in Stellenbosch, the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria and at The National Arts Fest in Grahamstown. In 2013 she starred as MOTH in Hennie van Greunen and Christiaan Olwagen’s Droom under the musical direction of Pedro Kruger at the KKNK. She has also performed in several Musicals since graduating. Some of these include: Kander and Ebb’s Cabaret, directed by Marthinus Basson and under the musical direction of Grethe van der Merwe; Christiaan Olwagen’s Nog ‘n Hamlet, Die Musical; Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Sunset Boulevard, directed by Paul Warwick Griffin and under the musical direction of Charl-Johan Linginfelder; Annie JR, The Broadway Production, directed by Francois Theron; and Esther die Musical, produced by ADD-LIFE productions (Renier Keyser). She is currently working as a song-writer and recording voice artist.
Performance Poet Koleka Putuma is based in Cape Town and currently pursuing a degree in Theatre and Performance at the University of Cape Town. She is a performer and theatre maker in training. She also shares her craft facilitating and hosting writing and dialogue workshops at schools, community projects and interfaith programs in and around Cape Town.
She has headlined at SliPnet’s Inzync Poetry Sessions, JamThatSession and at Off The Wall. She is a resident poet of the collective Lingua Franca. In 2012 she took second place in the Cape Town leg of the Drama for Life Lover + Another National Performance Poetry Slam Competition and represented the city at the national finals. Her work has travelled to Scotland and New York.
Lesoko holds a BA (Hons equiv.) in Theatre Making and an MA in Performance from the University of Cape Town. She is now a full time voice artist and actress and regular guest lecturer of Voice at UCT and City Varsity. Trained in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Flamenco and Contemporary dance Lesoko was inspired to whip out a Beyonce routine to share with the Marian Girls whilst rediscovering her own love for dance. Animal Barn is not the first performing arts programme Lesoko has collaborated with: she has worked as facilitator of various Arts NPO programmes including the Danish/South Africa Encounters programme, Magnet Thetare’s Clanwilliam project and the Yes Theatre Schools Festival.
Mikkie-dene Le Roux graduated from The University of Cape Town in 2010 with a Diploma in Theatre and Performance. She has a great love for the theatre, film and yoga.