19 Year old ISABELLA JANE has known from a very young age that she had a talent and drive to pursue her dreams of being in the entertainment industry.
Currently starring as the Mistress in Pieter Toerien’s international touring production of “Evita”, Isabella has won a Fleur du Cap Award for Best Performance by a Supporting Actress in a Musical. (Evita). She’s just been nominated for 2 Naledi Theatre Awards – Breakout Newcomer and Best Supporting Lead in a Musical.
Isabella began singing in 2005 and having won numerous awards along the way, qualified to join the South African Championships of the Performing Arts where she was flown to Los Angeles and returned home with gold and silver medals. Under the guidance of contemporary singing coach Desi van der Walt, she entered both the NEA and SACOPA and achieved the highest levels in both. At the beginning of 2010 she classical and Operatic training under the coach June Kraus. Isabella was awarded ‘Top Junior Crossover Vocalist’ at the National Eisteddfod in May 2011.
Isabella has performed at many corporate events and concerts and is one of the youngest vocalists to sing with the Johannesburg Symphony Orchestra, Rand Symphony Orchestra and Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Her show credits include Alice in “Alice in Wonderland”, Miss Pepper in “The Gingerbread Man”, Fairy Flora in “Sleeping Beauty” and Ariel in “The Little Mermaid”, “Born to Perform”, “Big Bad Musical” and ensemble in “Calling us Home”.
Career highlights include: Runner-up in SA’s Got Talent 2015 as a ventriloquist/singer/comedian with Rosie, her sidekick; Hosting “A Night with the Stars” for Mr Bryan Schimmel, with the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, and her comedy debut for Comedy Central at Goliath Comedy Club performing alongside some of SA’s Top Comedians.
Isabella’s project, #upstandingcitizen, sees her working in Diepsloot, Johannesburg with the Youth Crime Prevention Desk/SAPS to encourage and motivate young South Africans to make good choices. She is also an ambassador for World Vision South Africa, helping in the fight against violence and abuse against women and children.