Aunty Varia is the Principal & Managing Director of Mustardseed Productions Inc.
She holds a level 4 Diploma in Performance Arts Teaching (Distinction) from Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools and Rockschool, as well as a Postgraduate Diploma in Acting from the Guildford School of Acting in Surrey, England and a Diploma in Education (Theatre Arts) from the Barbados Community College. She is a member of the Barbados Association of Drama Educators (BADE).
In addition to teaching drama, Varia is also a professional actress. She has performed locally in several stage performances and has also featured in a few local films. Varia’s versatile voice can also be heard on numerous radio and television commercials as part of her extensive voice-over repertoire.
She enjoys working with children and young people, using drama techniques to address social concerns. Locally, regionally and internationally, Varia has worked with a number of development institutions on issues related to Human Rights, Gender, Youth and Violence.
As a development consultant, Varia’s main objective has been to develop a non-traditional, participatory training programme that facilitates the development of important life skills including critical thinking, negotiation, conflict resolution, assertive behaviour and effective communication skills for young people through the use of drama and theatre techniques.