Board

Barry Snow

Chairman

Barry Snow started in the theatre industry in the early 1960’s as a stage hand working at the Brooke Theatre in Johannesburg. He then went on the work as a follow spot operator at the Johannesburg Civic Theatre and then joined PACT as an ASM, in 1969, with their opera and ballet companies. His involvement with the TBF goes back, almost, to its inception in 1963 as a young boy. Snow has served on the TBF board in a number of capacities since about 1985, when he was representing the PACT/State Theatre Ballet company. Barry Snow was elected Chairman in 2013, a post he is occupying at present.

Peter Terry

Vice-Chair

Peter Terry was in the Drama Department of the Performing Arts Council Transvaal / State Theatre from 1972 to 2000. Since then, he has mainly freelanced, working in theatre, television, and live events. He is now the presenter of the afternoon Classic Drive on Classic FM. Peter has been on the TBF Board since 1997.

Nicola Snow

Secretary

Nicola Snow trained at the Royal Ballet School, London, England between 1964 and 1966. She then joined PACT Ballet in Johannesburg South Africa in 1966 and remained with the company until 2000; worked through the ranks from Corps de Ballet dancer to Senior Soloist with Principal obligations; retired from dancing in 1981. She started teaching in the company in 1973, working through the ranks from Répétiteur, Assistant Ballet Mistress, Ballet Mistress to Senior Ballet Mistress in 1992, a post held until the dissolution of The State Theatre Ballet (formerly PACT Ballet) in June 2000. Nicola Snow was a founder member of the Ballet Benevolent Fund committee which was set up in the early 1970. She has been TBF Secretary since September 2016.

Gert van Niekerk

Board Member

Gert van Niekerk is a classically trained actor that started his career on the stage in 1984. When television erupted in South Africa he had several leads in local TV dramas (Arende, Agter elke man, Power of One, Op 'n grens etc) before starting to concentrate on directing. He is a busy director having done Egoli, The Wild, Binneland sub Judice, Binnelanders, Ashes to Ashes as well as a few short films. He has directed several plays like “Eendsonderend”, “Mara”, “Voor ek vergeet”. He’s been on the TBF Board for 4 years.

Anthony Fridjhon

Board Member

Anthony Fridjhon has been involved full-time as an actor (stage, TV and film) writer and voice artist for 45 years. He has been Master of Ceremonies for functions both locally and internationally. He also presented numerous TV documentaries.

Elizabeth Meiring

Board Member

Elizabeth Meiring is known as one of South Africa's most versatile Entertainment Industry professionals – she is a celebrated actress, TV presenter, theatre director, film performance director, dramatist, novelist, scriptwriter, playwright, guest lecturer, copywriter, translator, theatre producer, arts journalist, MC, voice artist, creative consultant, guest speaker and screenwriter. As well as a qualified, registered auctioneer. As an actress, since starting in the industry, 32 years ago she has never been unemployed, and as versatile industry professional, she is frequently working on as many as 6 projects simultaneously. She started working professionally at the age of 9. Lizz is the recipient of 17 awards- for acting, directing, writing, cultural contribution and as Arts Activist. She has done around 2000 productions in TV, radio, film and theatre.