She has been called “the queen of ADR”. Her most famous ADR story was covering for Kate Hudson in Kung Fu Panda 3 and then being cast as the voice of Mei Mei in Kung Fu Panda the Series on Dreamworks TV on Youtube. She performed in 25 plays and musicals on stage before the age of 17.
Vocally trained in Operatic singing since the age of 9, Barbara also trained at a local dance company throughout her childhood. She studied at the following schools: Theatre at Tisch School of the Arts at NYU College of Fine Arts at Boston University, Walnut Hill Summer Theatre School, The Conservatorio Di Musica for Opera in Castel Franco Veneto, Italy, Sande Shurin Acting Studio in NY.
She is a 401 Graduate from the Upright Citizens Brigade in Los Angeles, and has studied at UCB in NY as well as The Groundlings in Los Angeles. She also studied acting and improvisation with Gary Austin, Anthony Rapp, Sande Shurin, Camryn Manheim, Nick Hoffa, Adam Mckay, and Lauri Peters. She has taken voice with Seth Riggs, Natalie Weiss, and Beatrice Dobelle. She has performed improv at IO West, UCB LA, and UCB NY. She has done Standup and Cabaret shows at The Comedy Store, Vitellos, and The Rockwell in Hollywood, and Don’t Tell Mama and The Duplex in NYC.
Barbara was in a National Tour of the musical Mananas De Abril y Mayo for Natl. Biggs Rosatti from New York.
Barbara wrote Book and Lyrics (for all but 2 of the songs) in the original musical, Finding Barb: My Unorthodox Quest for Love which played to sold-out audiences in Hollywood, CA in 2012-2013 and then went on tour in 2014. She also creates comedic and musical web sketches and series on a regular basis via her Youtube Channel: Barbara Heller – Impressionista and Insta: @barbieheller and on facebook: Barb Heller – Actor, Writer.
Barbara developed a feature film out of her musical in 2014 and is still working on it. (2018) She is currently writing a book on Mindfulness and Teaches classes, webinars, one:ones and at Retreats on the following related subjects: Voice Over Technique, Singing, Creative Writing, Mindfulness and Prayer.