"I am thrilled to be joining the phenomenal team at Diverse and encouraging students in finding their voice so that they, one day, can change the world whether it be off or on stage."

Rowan Bakker

Musical Theatre and Singing Teacher

Rowan is a multi award winning Musical Director, Pianist, Producer, Performer, Songwriter, Vocal Coach, and Arranger from South Africa.

Credits include POLKADOTS THE COOL KIDS MUSICAL (Naledi Award Winner- Best Production for Children and Young Audiences 2018), THE COLOR PURPLE (Naledi Award Winner 2018: Best Musical Director), SISTER ACT (Naledi Award 2015: Best Musical Director) SWEENEY TODD (Naledi Award Nomination), JERSEY BOYS South Africa and International Tour (Naledi Award 2013: Best Musical Director), MAMMA MIA! (Naledi Award Nomination for Best Musical Director), PIRATES OF PENZANCE (Naledi Award Nomination for Best Musical Director), WE WILL ROCK YOU South Africa and International Tour, RENT, MENOPAUSE-THE MUSICAL, SEUSSICAL, KNIGHTS OF MUSIC, ROBIN HOOD AND THE BABES IN THE WOOD, SATURDAY NIGHT FEVER, SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD, HOT MIKADO, LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS and CARRIE.

Other credits include THE VOICE SOUTH AFRICA, EVITA International Tour, JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT New Zealand Tour, Disney’s BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, BOYS IN THE PHOTOGRAPH and DREAMGIRLS.

Prior to joining Diverse, Rowan was Head of Musical Theatre and Music at Stageworx School of the Performing Arts in Johannesburg. Other Educator experience includes Music Facilitator in Diepsloot Doorstep Outreach Initiative, Crawford College Sandton, lecturer at Oakfields College, Tshwane University of Technology, and JATA.

Over the last few years Rowan has ventured into producing. Shows include Kate Normington in STORM IN A B-CUP, Germandt Geldenhuys IN CONCERT, as well as SEUSSICAL- THE MUSICAL at Gold Reef City’s Lyric Theatre.

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