Barbara Rabatin immigrated to Canada in 1976. She completed her education in her native Hungary at the University of Budapest, with her major in psychology and a minor in visual arts. She also obtained a teacher’s degree, which qualifies her to teach, among other subjects, music history and the renowned Kodaly Method.
She is a sessional professor of music history & classical music and world literature at the Carleton University in Ottawa (a complete outline and a detailed prospectus for each of the six current classes of Barbara’s upcoming course, titled “Classical Music Inspired by Legends, Fairy Tales & Literature,” can be seen here).
Barbara studied tapestry design and weaving at the Ottawa School of Art (1986 – 1990). Her teachers were Thoma Ewen and master weaver Archie Brennen. Her tapestries are frequently exhibited in various shows and have won several awards.
In 1996 she co-founded the Cat’s Mews Community Theatre Company, of which she is artistic director and actor. The company’s repertoire includes Gorky’s “The Lower Depths”, O’Neill’s “Long Day’s Journey into Night”, Wilde’s “Salome”, Shaffer’s “Equus” and, most recently, the Canadian première of “Catsplay” by Hungarian playwright István Örkény.
She also works with clay, designing and making one-of-a-kind artistic pottery and jewellery.