Julie Lyn Barber
Literary Arts; Performing Arts: Actor/Actress, Dance, Music, Theatre, Vocal
Dr. Barber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Western Kentucky University.PlaywrightShe received a 2012 Indiana Arts Commission, Individual Artist Project grant to write two new children’s plays, The Elves and the Shoemaker and The Frog Prince. She has written many stage adaptations of fairy tales in the British panto style, including Sleeping Beauty, and Rumpelstiltskin, which were produced at the Minnetrista Faeries Sprites and Lights Festival (Muncie, IN). Two of her plays have won inclusion in the juried festival, DivaFest of Indianapolis: the ten-minute fable, Tamlane, and the one-act musical parody, Madwomen’s Late Nite Cabaret. Her one-act play, Down That Road Again, was selected for inclusion in the juried, Q Artistry Playwright’s Festival in 2011. She also composed the songs for her version of Thumbelina, adapted folk melodies with new lyrics in her children’s play, Master Cat or Puss in Boots, and was part of the creative team that developed a new musical about Brown County, Indiana, called If You Don’t Outdie Me, through the Virginia Ball Center for Creative Studies at Ball State University.
As a stage director, her experience ranges from opera to children’s theatre. She has directed outreach productions for the Bloomington Early Music Festival of Indiana and the Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theatre in Carbondale, IL. Other directing credits include Madwomen’s Late Nite Cabaret (Indianapolis Fringe Festival, IN) Working (American Heritage Theater Project, Portland, OR) and Clue: The Musical (Farmland Dinner Theatre, Farmland, IN). Most recently, she directed Rick Lewis’ USO style musical revue: G.I. Jukebox, and three American one-act operas: Menotti’s The Telephone, Moore’s Gallantry and PDQ Bach’s The Stoned Guest.
She has served as music director for many schools and theatre companies in Oregon (American Heritage Theater Project, Cathedral School, Valley Catholic High School) and Indiana (Taylor Theatre, Muncie Civic Theatre, Monroe Central High School, Farmland Dinner Theatre), including productions of Into the Woods, Honk!, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ragtime, Snoopy, The Robber Bridegroom, Secret Garden, and Seussical.
She frequently choreographs opera, music theatre and theatre productions. Recent choreography credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee at Western Kentucky University, and Kiss Me Kate at Taylor University. Other choreography credits include Tapestry (Sylvia’s Dinner Theater, Portland, OR), Big River (American Heritage Theater Project, Portland, OR) and Cats (Muncie Civic Theatre, Muncie, IN).
She is an AEA membership candidate, equally comfortable in musical theatre, physical comedy, drama and Shakespeare. She has performed the role of “Berenice” in Cabaret Poe every October since 2009 with Q Artistry (Indianapolis, IN).She has appeared with Vancouver B.C.’s Theatre Under the Stars as “Maria” in West Side Story and with Portland Oregon’s Northwest Classical Theatre Company as “Julia” in Two Gentlemen of Verona. While in Portland, she co-founded the American Heritage Theater Project, toured with Angels: The Next Generation, and worked at Portland Center Stage (Gypsy), Sylvia’s Dinner Theatre (Nunsense), and Broadway Rose (Once Upon a Mattress). Other favorite roles include “Miss Adelaide” in Guys and Dolls (Canterbury Summer Theatre), “The Witch” in Into the Woods (American Heritage Theater, Portland, OR), and “Narrator” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (The Round Barn at Amish Acres, Nappanee, IN). Non-musical theatre roles include “Juliet” in Romeo and Juliet, “Old Woman” in Ibsen’s The Chairs, and “Emily Dickinson” in The Belle of Amherst.
Julie Lyn Barber is a Canadian coloratura soprano, who has appeared as a soloist with a number of ensembles in Canada and the United States, including Portland Oregon’s Trinity Consort, under the baton of Eric Milnes, and Muncie Indiana’s East Central Indiana Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Amman. She has performed with Oregon Lyric Opera, Portland Opera Association and Dayton Opera Association. Opera roles include “Sophie” in Massenet’s Werther (Ball State Opera, Muncie, IN), “Queen of the Night” in Mozart’s Magic Flute (Taylor Opera Theater, Upland, IN), and “Juliette” in Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette (Marjorie Lawrence Opera Theatre, Carbondale, IL). Her solo oratorio repertoire ranges from Carissimi to Britten and includes the American premiere of Andrew Carter’s Musick’s Jubilee, with the Southern Illinois University Orchestra and Chorale under John Mochnick in 1997. She can be heard on a number of recordings, including Like Winter Waiting, available through Oregon Catholic Press.