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Varia is the founder and director of Variations Theatre Co. as well as the Managing Director of Mustardseed Productions Inc. – a developmental theatre company for children and young people. She is an Actress, Drama Teacher and an Attorney-at-Law. Varia gained her Postgraduate Diploma in Acting from the Guildford School of Acting in Surrey. She holds a Diploma in Education and a Diploma in Performance Arts Teaching (Level 4) from Stagecoach Theatre Arts School in the UK.

Varia’s local performances include Simone's Place, Girl on Fire, Party Time, The House of Landship, The Black Jacobins, Vagina Monologues, Blithe Spirit, Macbeth and For Colored Girls… While abroad, she has performed in An Absolute Turkey, Way of the World and Twelfth Night. In film, she has featured in local productions such as The Kite Flyer, Holding On, The Final Truth and Hit for Six!

Varia does extensive voice-over work for radio and television commercials and has performed and been the Voice Director for a short television animation production for children called Playground Politics. She enjoys working with children and young people, using drama techniques to address social concerns. She is a member of the Barbados Association of Drama Educators and a 'Theatre-in-Education' practitioner.

As a development consultant, teacher, activist and artist, 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.

General acting range 20-60
Height 5’ 4’’
Weight 135 lb
Hair Colour dk brown
Eye Colour dk brown

Radio, television and internet voice recordings include work with some of the following agencies:

  • Shoestring Studios
  • G&A Communications Inc.
  • SFA Communications Inc.
  • McCann-Erickson Inc.
  • Greg Hoyos Associates Inc.
  • SOJE/Lonsdale Advertising Inc.
  • Red Dawg Studio
  • Crucial Productions Inc.
  • Ethnic Vision Inc.
  • Red Advertising & Marketing Ltd.
  • Commercial Music Inc.
  • Virgo Communications Inc.


Voice over Heinemann Educational – publication called Let’s Work with English

Production Character Director
Tales of an Obeah Man Shelly Russell Watson
Sounds of Resistance Old Doll Alison Sealy Smith
Party Time Vernette Winston Farrell
Girl On Fire Rasheeda Simon Alleyne
Simone’s Place Solace Russell Watson
The House of Landship Mavis Winston Farrell
The Stand Tayl Regus Alison Sealy Smith
Macbeth Witch Glen Walford
For Colored Girls… Lady in Purple Esiaba Irobi
Blithe Spirit Mrs.Bradman Glen Walford
Vagina Monologues various Thom Cross
Waiting Nicole Jimmy King
The Confession Elizabeth Sobers (lawyer) Merle Niles
Black Jacobins servant Harclyde Walcott
Animal Farm Mollie Tina Millington
Guildford School of Acting
Twelfth Night Viola Peter Thomson
Black Snow Polixena Toby Sedgewick
Absolute Turkey Lucienne Tim Hardy
Production Character Director
The Kite Flyer Paula Thom Cross/Sean Russel
Holding On Mya Laura-Lyn Hutchinson
Final Truth? Shannah Antoine Thom Cross
Hit For Six! Janel Wilson Alison Saunders-Franklin
Accents Foreign Languages Singing Dance
Barbados (native) Conversant in French Mezzo Soprano Contemporary jazz
Caribbean - Various Caribbean folk
RP (UK) Calypso/Dance Hall/Reggae
Gen. American (mid-west)
Year School
Nov 2015 Rockschool Level 4 – Diploma in Performance Arts Teaching (Distinction) – Middlesex, UK
Nov 2015 Stagecoach Theatre Arts, Surrey, UK – Teacher Training in Performing Arts – ADPA Unit 1 (Associate Diploma in Performance Arts) (Distinction)
2014-2015 Barbados Community College – Diploma in Education (Theatre Arts)
July 2008 Guildhall School of Music & Drama – Summer School Programme in Acting in Shakespeare & Contemporary Theatre
2001 - 2002 Guildford School of Acting (GSA), England - PGDip (acting)
1997 - 1999 Council of Legal Education, Hugh Wooding Law School, Trinidad - Legal Education Certificate (LEC)
1993 - 1997 University of the West Indies, Barbados - LLB
Varia Work
Crop Over Announcer Download Varia Cropover Hotel ad
Shirley Advertisement Announcer Download Varia shirley ad
B-Mobile Advertisement As Sharon (Character) Download Varia bmobile ad
Que Serais-Je Sans toi French Antilles & British Accent Download Varia Que Serais - Je sans toi
It's a Fact! Male Jamaican Accent Download Varia It's a Fact! Jamaican Accent
It's a Fact! Trinidadian Accent & Robot Voice Download Varia It's a Fact! Trini Accent & Robot Voice
Unique Caterpillar (Story Telling) Narrator Download Varia Unique Catepillar (Story Telling)
Giraffe can't dance (Story Telling) Cricket Voice Download Varia Giraffe can't dance (Story Telling)
Varia Interview 1 Mid Morning Mix
Varia Interview 2 A day in a Bajan life

Excerpt from 'A Day in a Bajan Life'

Directed by Pelle Hybbinette

Produced by Penelope Hynam and Sea Weaver Productions Inc.

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I am a Bajan. Born and grew up in the tiny island of Barbados. Land of many blessings. Small communities.  Beach culture. Soca & Tuk music. Hot sun. Cricket. Sugar cane. Rum. Ackees. Fast talking. Slow walking. 

My journey is not without its twists and turns. I love the arts completely – all of them. I wanted to be a fine artist when I was in secondary school. I love creating things from nothing. Love to cook. Love to draw. Love to sing. Love music. Love to dance. Love to learn. Love to laugh.

When I wasn’t sure what to do with my life I studied law and became a lawyer. The kind of lawyer with a passion for the arts. The kind of lawyer that hates suits but loves an argument. I discovered that what it was I loved about the law was its quest for justice. This is at my core. I am a feminist.

I have since hung up the suits and now I get to do what I absolutely love most. That which I have always done. I act. To inhabit the lives of many and transmit their stories for an audience – to share their truths and untruths, is my chosen art.

When I am not acting, I am doing another one of my loves – sharing my creative energies with the fabulous young people of Mustardseed Productions. They give me such joy and vigor. This is how I learn and hone my craft. They remind me to play honestly and I see through them how we are shaped and complicated by social constructs and constraints.

So that’s me in a nutshell…

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