Dr. Barber is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Western Kentucky University. She has received IAC grants to perform with the Hot Jazz Preservation Society in Indiana State Parks, and to write and produce a new musical, Indiana Squirrel Stampede and 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, which have been produced locally at the Minnetrista
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 for actors, acting a song, breath support for singer/actors, singing while dancing, vocal techniques for actors, Spolin improvisation, musical improvisation, Baroque vocal ornamentation, and Baroque vocal repertoire.
Christmas Through the Ages at Indy Fringe Basile Theatre December 21-23, 2017. Hot Jazz Preservation Society at Mounds State Park June 2, Spring Mill State Park, June 15, McCormick’s Creek State Park, June 15, and Brown County State Park September 2, 2018. Directing 9 to 5 for Western Kentucky University, April 6-8, 2018. Directing/Music Directing/Choreographing Master Cat or Puss in Boots for Nettle Creek Players, Hagerstown, June-July 2018. Playing “Berenice” in select performances of Cabaret Poe with Q Artistry Indianapolis, IN October 12-31, 2018. Co-directing/Music Directing Hair for Western Kentucky University, November 2018.
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. Grade VIII Piano Certificate, Western Conservatory of Music, 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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