As co-host of CBC Radio’s “As It Happens” for 17 years, Barbara’s voice has become recognized around the world. But prior to taking up her place behind the mic, she was an accomplished actor appearing in major theatres across Canada. In five seasons (and over 20 productions) at the Stratford Festival, she played leading roles in The Beggars Opera, Othello, As You Like It, The Servant Of Two Masters, etc.
When she became a Mom, Barbara changed course, concentrating on voice work and limiting her stage appearances to hosting concerts with the major symphony orchestras of Canada. For 8 years she hosted The Jeunesse Musicale Concerts at Roy Thomson Hall and Harbourfront Centre, and she is featured on 5 internationally acclaimed Classical Kids CDs. Less recognizable is her voice on the scores of animation series for which she has created a wide range of wacky characters. Writing credits include The Joni Mitchell Tribute Night and The Phillipe Starke Night for The International Festival of Creative Genius.
She is presently recording her fourth season as Narrator of the very successful TV series, “Mighty Ships” on The Discovery Channel.
After a brief, 17-year scene change, Barbara is delighted to be back on stage in Love, Loss, And What I Wore.