Brent Meersman was born in Cape Town in 1967. His father was a Belgian immigrant and his mother, Shirley Morris, a painter.
His first job was as a news photographer in 1989 at the height of the turbulence that saw the closing days of apartheid. Brent has had an eclectic career. As a business entrepreneur, property developer and managing director of a hotel, among others. He has also acted as performing artists’ manager, producer, marketer and impresario in the theatre world. In 2003, he organized the 7th World Congress on Art Deco for South Africa. He has spent much of his time traveling – at last count 41 countries – having visited every continent except Antarctica.
Since 2003, he has been the performing arts critic for the Mail & Guardian covering theatre, opera, ballet and dance. In 2005, he started South Africa's first theatre blog: www.realreview.co.za.
He teaches a semester course on Arts Journalism at the University of Cape Town in the Film and Media Studies Department for third year students. In 2004, he had a brief career in a different kind of theatre – politics. He was the Campaign Manager for the Independent Democrats in the 2004 General Election and later served as Patricia de Lille’s Chief of Staff in her parliamentary office.