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 addition to professional work in theatre I teach masterclasses, workshops and lecture recitals on various topics including vocal technique, musical theatre vocal styles, musical theatre repertoire, auditioning for musical theatre, dialects, acting a song, breath support for singer/actors, singing while dancing, Baroque vocal ornamentation, Baroque vocal repertoire
Vocalist with Main Street Jazz at the Mayberry in the Midwest Festival in Danville, IN May 16, 2015 at 6pm. Teaching a two week day camp, Musical Theatre Intensive for students ages 8-18, July 20-31, 2015 at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY Performer in the one-woman musical Indy Fringe production, Who Run the World? Indianapolis, IN Aug. 13-23, 2015 Playing “Berenice” in select performances of Cabaret Poe with Q Artistry in Irvington, Indianapolis, IN October 1-31, 2015 Co-producing original works at the new IndyFringe performance space, December 2015 Directing Guys and Dolls at Western Kentucky University, March/April, 2016
Doctor of Arts degree in music (vocal performance/stage direction), Ball State University, Muncie Indiana, Master of Music degree in opera and music theatre, Southern Illinois University at Carbondale Bachelor of Music degree, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC Canada Elementary Executant Certificate, Ballet, Royal Academy of Dancing, Napean, ON Canada Workshops with Antonio Fava (Commedia dell’ arte), Paul Sills (Spolin improv), Ann Baltz (opera improv), and Early Music Specialists, Julianne Baird, Ellen Hargis, Christa Patton, Drew Minter, Ray Nurse
Music Theatre Educators Alliance Canadian Musical Theatre Writers Collective Dramatists Guild A.S.C.A.P. National Association of Teachers of Singing Early Music America Actors Equity Association (EMC)
E.V. Young Award for Outstanding Actor, Theatre Under the Stars, Vancouver, BC
American Prize in Voice (Friedrich and Virginia Schorr Memorial Award) Finalist (opera and art song) Audrey Rooney Bach Competition Encouragement Award (twice), Lexington, KY Irma Cooper Award Numerous State and Regional NATS competitions first and second place wins Ball State University Graduate Voice Competition Ball State University Concerto Competition Astral Career Grant from the National Association for the Advancement of the Arts Homer Wickline and Conrad Seamen Memorial Grant from the Pittsburgh Concert Society.
Individual Artist grant from the Indianapolis Arts Commission.
Inclusion in juried festival, DivaFest (twice), Indianapolis, IN.
Inclusion in juried festival, Q Artistry Playwrights Festival, Indianapolis, IN
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