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Show Schedule

It's Not Just Theatre…It's Barter!

With a rich history spanning eight decades, Barter Theatre still draws patrons from around the globe every day to Abingdon to enjoy the magic of live entertainment. Barter, the State Theatre of Virginia, helps visitors make memories through its talented cast of resident actors in shows ranging from comedies to dramas to musicals. A multitude of famous actors such as Ernest Borgnine got their start in Barter plays, and today the theatre continues to launch stars from its stages. Come and experience Barter Theatre for yourself.

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Resident Actors

David Alford
Mary Lucy Bivins
Paris Bradstreet
Sean Maximo Campos
Hannah Ingram
Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Nick Koesters
Sarah Laughland
Josh Levinson
Justin Tyler Lewis
Carrie Smith Lewis
Andrew Hampton Livingston
Tricia Matthews
Rick McVey
Nicholas Piper
Michael Poisson
Annie Simpson
Joseph Matthew Veale

David Alford serves as the artistic director for the Barter Youth Academy where he works with other theatre professionals to train students of all ages in performance and storytelling. Recent roles include: Boolie Werthan ( Driving Miss Daisy), Victor Fleming ( Don’t Cry For Me, Margaret Mitchell), Uncle Henry/Guard ( The Wizard of Oz), Bishop ( Les Misérables), General Howell ( Kiss Me, Kate) and Kyle, the UPS Guy ( Legally Blonde). David resides in Abingdon with his wife Stephanie and their three children, Madeleine, Hannah and Isaac.

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Mary Lucy Bivins is a native of Spartanburg, SC. She began acting in high school and continued throughout undergraduate school at Salem College in Winston-Salem, NC. She earned a graduate degree in theatre from Wake Forest University, where she stayed on to direct and teach acting for nearly a decade. She performed with the NC Shakespeare Festival for two seasons, where she earned membership in the Actors’ Equity Association. At this time she was also directing two productions a year at her alma mater, Salem. She spent more than a decade performing with Charlotte Repertory Theatre and the Blowing Rock Stage Company. Mary Lucy became a member of the Screen Actors Guild following her appearance in the feature film, The Road to Wellville.

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Paris Bradstreet is thrilled to celebrate her fourth season at Barter, and her second as a member of the Resident Acting Company. Favorite roles here have included: Mrs. Meekly (Unnecessary Farce), Eunice (A Streetcar Named Desire), Vera (Welcome Back to Ivy Gap), Bonnie (Anything Goes), Carmen (Curtains), and Judge Harper (Miracle on 34th Street). Originally from Danvers, Mass., Paris holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College in Ithaca, N.Y. and an Master of Fine Arts in Acting from California State University in Fullerton. She sends her love and thanks home to her fantastic parents, and is so very grateful for the passion and commitment of the wonderful Barter family. “Enjoy the show, and thank you for supporting live theatre!”

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Sean Maximo Campos has been a member of the Barter Resident Acting Company since 2006. Audiences may remember him from The Wizard of OZ (2014), Unnecessary Farce, Cabaret, Doubting Thomas, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, The Fantasticks, Dial "M" for Murder, Tarzan, The 39 Steps and others. He sends love to the Barter family, his amazing wife, Ashley, his beautiful son, Max, and of course, the Filipinos.

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Hannah Ingram first joined Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company in 2008, and she has been happily stretching her creative boundaries here ever since. Some favorite Barter productions: Evita (Evita), Cabaret (Sally Bowles), Disney’s Beauty & the Beast (Belle), 39 Steps (Annabella/Margaret/Pamela) and The Who’s Tommy (Acid Queen). She worked for The Mouse, sailing the seven seas on Disney Cruise Line. She also had the honor of spending three years entertaining our active-duty military and veterans by traveling worldwide as a member and company manager of the USO World troupe, “The Liberty Belles” – an Andrews Sisters-style trio, specializing in intricate three-part harmony. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan. She has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity for more than a decade. 

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Zacchaeus Kimbrell is absolutely thrilled to be joining the elite Resident Acting Company here at Barter! He is a graduate of The University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in music and a minor in theatre. In the summer of 2011, Zacchaeus made his New York City solo debut performing in Carner and Gregor’s Barely Legal Show-Tune Extravaganza (III) at Drom restaurant. That same summer, he was a featured performer among Broadway veterans in See. ‘Spot.’ Sing.: An Evening with Broadway Spotted and Friends at The Metropolitan Room in NYC. In December of 2011, Zacchaeus was seen as the Innkeeper/Homeless Man understudy in the first ever southeastern national tour of The Forgotten Carols, a Christmas musical produced by Michael Young and directed by Tony Blake. Another highlight in his performing career was the opportunity to perform as a spiritual soloist with the National Festival Chorus and University Singers of The University of Alabama at Carnegie Hall in New York City in May of 2010. Just one year earlier, in 2009, he won the T. Earle Award for Best Featured Actor for his portrayal of Henrik Egerman in Sondheim’s A Little Night Music with Theatre Tuscaloosa (Tuscaloosa, AL). He spent the summer of 2013 serving young audiences as a Barter Player in Mother Goose: The Musical, Cinderella, and The Pied Piper of Hamelin. On top of his theatre career, Zacchaeus has been teaching voice for 7 years, and has worked with many singers of all different genres of music. Visit www.zacchaeuskimbrell.com for more information! Follow @zjkimbrell on Twitter!

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Nick Koesters has been a working professional actor since 1994 and a member of Actors’ Equity since 2002. Before joining Barter’s Resident Acting Company, he lived in Northeast Ohio, where he performed in more than 60 productions. Along with his stage work, Nick has also been seen in Spike TV’s Kill Point and in the Emmy-nominated children’s show Ask Gilby. He co-produced and starred in the award-winning independent film, Will Work for Food. He spent eight years as part of a travelling theatre troupe to educate more than a quarter of a million children on issues such as healthy lifestyle habits, nutrition, conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS and communication skills. Nick grew up in Weaverville, NC, and now resides in Abingdon with his two muses, his wife Carolyn and their daughter, Calliope.

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Sarah Laughland is thrilled to be in her second year as a member of Barter’s Resident Acting Company. She started at Barter as a member of The Barter Players in the summer of 2014. Most recently at Barter: Miracle on 34th Street, Curtains, The Three Musketeers, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Mary Poppins, The Miracle Worker, and Anything Goes. Previous credits include: Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore; Dollywood Entertainment in Sevierville, Tenn.; Huron Playhouse in Huron, Ohio; and Flying V of Washington D.C. She is a graduate of Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Penn. with a Bachelor of Arts in Musical Theatre. She sends endless love to both her Barter and biological family.

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Josh Levinson is thrilled to be joining the Resident Acting Company here at Barter Theatre! Previous Barter credits include Mary Poppins, Curtains, and The Three Musketeers. Other regional credits include: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Mason Street Warehouse, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and the Minnesota and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Outside of performing, Josh is a professional photographer, hiker, yogi, and laugher. “All the love and thanks to my family, the production team, and my cast-mates--all of whom inspire and challenge me everyday.” www.jlevinson.net ~ instagram/twitter:
@jlevlev

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Justin Tyler Lewis is proud to be a member of Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company. He started his education at Catawba College where he studied Theatre and the Liberal Arts. After graduation, he continued his education at Charleston Stage in Charleston, SC where—as a member of their resident acting program—he gained experience as a teacher and actor. Justin was fortunate to follow that up with an internship with The Barter Players. As a member of The Barter Players Justin continued his training while learning to serve young audiences and touring extensively throughout the eastern US. Some of his favorite roles with The Barter Players include Buck in The Call of the Wild, Alexander in Alexander & the…Very Bad Day and Xanthus in Aesop’s Fables. After two years in the Player company, Justin joined the resident acting company in 2012. Memorable roles since then have included Col. Walter Taylor in The Road to Appomattox, Leo in The Wind Farmer, Laurie in Little Women, and Enjolras in Les Miserables. Justin also hosts Barter’s weekly radio show and podcast Theatre Matters.

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Carrie Smith Lewis first came to Barter in the fall of 2006, appearing in Jane Eyre and Murderer. Since then Carrie has worked at the Barter in a number of capacities: actor, director, casting assistant, dialect coach, private acting instructor, and box office attendant. She is now a proud member of the Resident Acting Company, as well as a two-year alumnus of the Barter Players. Carrie received her B.A. in Theatre from East Tennessee State University, and an M.F.A. in Acting from Florida Atlantic University. Directing credits for the Barter Players include: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cinderella, and Macbeth. Carrie has worked regionally with the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Georgia Shakespeare, North Carolina Stage Company, Immediate Theatre Project, Hampstead Stage Company, and Rude Mechanicals Productions.

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Andrew Hampton Livingston favorite roles at Barter include: the Tin Man (The Wizard of Oz), Jamie (I Do, I Do, I Do) Leslie Arthur (Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.) and Owen Musser (The Foreigner). Andrew also choreographed the Tin Man’s tap dance and the title number in Anything Goes. He has performed regionally with Mill Mountain Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, NC Stage, Ensemble Stage, Immediate Theatre Project, in New York at La Mama ETC, and in Chicago with Theatre Y, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre and Organic Theatre. Andrew loves being a part of the Barter family.

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Tricia Matthews joined the Barter Resident Acting company in 2005 and is the Resident Acting Coach. Her Barter acting credits include Eleanor in Lion in Winter, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Van Helsing in Dracula, Mrs. Walker in Tommy, Amanda in Glass Menagerie, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Martha in October Before I Was Born (World premiere), Ann in I Do, I Do, I Do (US premiere) and the one-woman show The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. As a director: The Woman in Black, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, Half a World Away (World Premiere), Dial M for Murder and Educating Rita, to name a few.

Before coming to the Barter, Tricia had an extensive career in regional theatre. She performed at the Coconut Grove Playhouse in the world premiere of Herman Wouk and Jimmy Buffet’s Don’t Stop the Carnival and the southwest premiere of Nunsense Jamboree with Danny Goggin. She has played Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, Judith in Hay Fever, Elizabeth in The Crucible, Soap Star in Menopause: The Musical, Alice in The New Yorkers, Elvira in High Spirits, Alma in Eccentricities of a Nightingale and played on the stages of South Coast Rep, Asolo Theatre, Florida Stage, Arkansas Rep, Florida Studio, Centre Stage, Stage One, New Theatre, Mark II, Royal Palm, Seaside Music Theatre, Beef & Boards, Mill Mountain, Surflight,
Connecticut Rep, Pirate Playhouse, among others.

Television and film credits include seaQuest DSV, Superboy, Divorce Court, One Life to Live, Guiding Light and co-starring with Morgan Fairchild and Engelbert Humperdinck in Even Angels Fall. Tricia holds a Bachelor of Arts from California State University at Fullerton and an Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the Florida State University Asolo Conservatory in Sarasota.

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Rick McVey is proud to have been acting in Barter productions since his first appearance on the Barter stage in 2003 and has been a full-time member of Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company since 2005. Some of his favorite roles at Barter include: Doyle Mayfield in The Doyle & Debbie Show; Robert E. Lee in The Road to Appomattox; Javert in Les Misérables; Don Quixote in Man of La Mancha; Ebenezer Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (2011); George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life; Harold in The Full Monty; The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz (2009); Victor Fleming in Don’t Cry for Me, Margaret Mitchell (2008); and Kris Kringle in Miracle on 34th Street (2008).

To date Rick has appeared in more than 80 productions on Barter’s stages. He also appeared as the Boss in Barter’s 2009 national touring production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

Besides working as an actor at Barter, Rick has also had the honor of directing the Barter Players’ productions of Just So Stories, The Ugly Duckling, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and The Scarlet Letter. He also wrote and directed the award-winning feature film FREEDOM and co-wrote and produced the feature film THIS WORLD. His play for young audiences, The Learning Box, has the distinction of being the first play ever endorsed by the Virginia Education Association.

Rick is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and in 2010 was inducted into the ETSU Department of Communications Alumni Hall of Fame.

In addition to his work in theater, Rick spent many years of his career in broadcasting both as on-air talent and as a production manager in both radio and television. During those years Rick was also performing in and directing scores of shows at Theatre Bristol, where he also served for a time as Producing Director. He was also the producing director of the Don’t Touch That Dial! radio theater company for six years.

A native of the region, Rick got his first exposure to live theater attending plays at Barter when he was an elementary school student in Damascus, Virginia. He and his wife Lola have three children and five grandchildren.

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Nicholas Piper is an associate director of Barter Theatre in charge of new play development, as well as a director and actor in the Resident Company. A graduate of UT, Knoxville, Nick first came to Barter as an intern in 1990 and went on to become a founding member of Barter’s First Light Theatre (now The Barter Players). Nick is also the director of Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, and is leading Barter’s Shaping of America Series. Nick has directed a number of plays for Barter including Elvis Has Left the Building, The Blue-Sky Boys, Showtime at First Baptist and I’ll Never Be Hungry Again. Some of his favorite roles include Chester in Circumference of a Squirrel, the Creature in Frankenstein and Jimmy Reed in The Road Where It Curves Away.

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Michael Poisson is a proud member of Barter’s Resident Acting Company. He first came here from his native Massachusetts in 2001 and has appeared in more than 100 productions. Some favorite roles are Dracula (Dracula!), Atticus (To Kill a Mockingbird), Ryan (The Liquid Moon), Felix (The Odd Couple), Henry (The Lion in Winter), Herb (Lying in State), Matthew (Green Gables), Ronnie (The Quiltmaker), Boolie (Driving Miss Daisy) and Scrooge (A Christmas Carol).

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Annie Simpson is a Kansas City native who is so grateful to be at Barter for this amazing 2016 season. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington in 2013 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. Annie is a proud alumni of the Barter Player Company where she learned and made great memories in productions such as Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green Gables, Sleeping Beauty, Jingle All the Way, Cinderella, and Junie B. Jones. She also has enjoyed being in several Barter productions including The Marvelous Wonderettes, The Three Musketeers, Curtains, and Mary Poppins. "Thank you for coming to see live theatre and thank you to Rick, Amanda, and Katy for letting me be here! All the love to my unbelievable family."

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Joseph Matthew Veale was born and raised in Charlotte, N.C. He began acting at a young age and has since enjoyed performing professionally in theaters in and around the Southeast United States. Joe is thrilled and honored to be a member of this terrific company of actors, and looks forward to serving Barter’s audiences in this upcoming season. Joe proudly holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts from East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C. (Go Pirates!), and thanks all his teachers who helped him get where he is today. Recent credits include: D’Artagnan (The Three Musketeers), Harv (Curtains), Billy Lawlor (42nd Street) and Father (Old Turtle and the Broken Truth). In his spare time he enjoys playing the guitar, tap-dancing, and eating pop rocks. Much love to his family for their unwavering support, and to his Player family for showing him that art can change the world.

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Directors & Designers

Richard Rose
Amanda Aldridge
Tony Angelini
Megan Atkinson
Katy Brown
Camille Davis
Lee Harris
Andrew Morehouse
Nicholas Piper
Derek Smith
Richard Rose

Richard Rose (Producing Artistic Director/Director) is now in his 23rd year at Barter Theatre, and only the third artistic director in the historic theatre’s 82-year history. Rick has led Barter to unprecedented growth in attendance and in expansion of programs serving the region in culture, education, economic expansion and community building. Barter’s audiences know Rick’s work well as a director and an adaptor. His original adaptations of plays have been extremely popular and includes: It’s a Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, Dracula!, Frankenstein (acknowledged as one of the best new regional theatre plays of the year), A Modern Christmas Carol and, of course, last season’s Sherlock Holmes & the Hound of the Baskervilles.

Triumphs as a director from 2014 include: The Wizard of Oz, Man of La Mancha and Driving Miss Daisy. Rick has served on many state and regional non-profit boards and currently serves on the Tourism Committee for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce as well as the board of Virginians for the Arts. Rick did post-graduate work at New York University, has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Norbert College, DePere, Wis., where he was honored with the “Distinguished Achievement Award in Humanities.” Rick was also one of the first-ever recipients of the Town of Abingdon’s Arthur Campbell Award for extraordinary contributions to this community.

Amanda Aldridge

Amanda Aldridge (Resident Choreographer/Costume Designer) has been at Barter for 19 seasons, choreographing more than 35 productions and designing costumes for more than 145. Amanda has choreographed and designed Barter’s productions of Annie, The Wizard of Oz, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat®, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Evita, Oliver, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Singin’ in the Rain, Gypsy, Oklahoma!, My Fair Lady and Camelot and choreographed The Full Monty, The Who’s Tommy and Revolutions. Additional Barter designs include Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily, The Blue-Sky Boys and The Diary of Anne Frank. Previously, Amanda studied in New York and worked as resident costume designer and choreographer at the American Stage Festival in New Hampshire and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts.

Tony Angelini

Tony Angelini (Resident Sound Designer & Engineer) has designed with some of the best companies in the United States, including The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the San Diego Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Florida Studio Theatre. In New York, he has worked with Hip Pocket Productions, Turtle She’ll Productions, O Productions, and The Manhattan Arts Institute. Tony is also the resident sound designer for The Andrew Keegan Theatre Company, has contributed articles to Pro-Audio Review magazine, and has two albums available on iTunes. He is a member of The Dramatist Guild and USA Local 829.

Megan Atkinson

Megan Atkinson is the founder and director of Project REAL. She received a BFA in Theatre Performance from Columbus State University. Megan has also studied at the Institute of Movement in Manhattan, Michael Chekov Studio, Gas and Electric Arts Company and is currently studying at ETSU to receive her masters in Liberal Studies. Her career as a theatre artist began as a Barter Player in 2006, after which she moved to the Boston, MA area, where she worked for multiple theatre companies as an actor and director. Those companies included Shakespeare Now!, Shakespeare in the Valley, Boston Actors Theatre, Company One, 11:11 Theatre Company, Zeitgeist Theatre, Hampstead Stage, and the Longwood Players. Before leaving Boston in 2011 to return to Abingdon, she worked with the Cambridge Council for the Arts using theatre techniques to help solve problems with the local transit system. She also worked with an organization that used theatre to work on self image with a group of young at-risk girls. Megan is very excited to now be using theatre to help educate the future of America in local schools.

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Katy Brown

Katy Brown (Associate Artistic Director, Artistic Director of The Barter Players) has been working at Barter Theatre since 1998 as a director, teacher, actor, choreographer, dramaturge and administrator. Katy has directed more than 70 productions in her time at Barter, including “Hamlet,” “Dead Man’s Cell Phone,” “The 39 Steps,” “The Road to Appomattox,” “A Walk in the Woods,” “The Quiltmaker,” “Anne of Green Gables,” “A Thousand Cranes,” “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” “The Taming of the Shrew,” “Doubting Thomas,” “Violet,” “The Fantasticks,” “The Foreigner” and Barter’s national tour of “Of Mice and Men.” As Artistic Director of the Barter Players, she extended the season of shows for young audiences at Barter Theatre to include the entire year and has helped to build the Players into one of the most sought-after training grounds for young actors in the country. Katy graduated summa cum laude as an English and theatre double major from Berry College. Since moving to the Tri-Cities, she has been a recipient of the YW Tribute to Women in the Arts Award, named one of 2005’s Women of Influence in The Business Journal of Tri-Cities Tennessee/Virginia, and been inducted to the 2010 class of the 40 Under Forty. She helped to create Barter’s internationally acclaimed online gaming system and has taught workshops in acting and auditioning nationwide. Katy is head of casting for Barter Theatre as well as the director of the Young Playwright’s Festival and continues to learn something new from her work at the theatre every day.
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Camille Davis

Camille Davis (Associate Director/Director of Production) has spent over twenty-five years working in the theatre and in positions ranging from production manager to lighting designer to assistant technical director in theatres stretching from Kentucky to New York City to Sag Harbor, Long Island. She has had the privilege of working with such theatre notables as Anne Bogart, Beverly Emmons, Kristin Linklater and Arnold Aronson. Before joining the Barter family, Camille served as the production manager for the graduate theatre program at Columbia University in New York City.

Since coming to Barter, Camille has also had the pleasure of serving as lighting designer for several Barter productions, including The Glass Menagerie, Walking Across Egypt, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder and Streetcar Named Desire.
BA, Centre College. MFA, Carnegie Mellon University.

Lee Harris

Lee Harris is thrilled to be back at Barter Theatre for his third year as resident musical director. His Barter productions include: I’ll Never Be Hungry Again; Les Misérables; Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; The Wizard of Oz and My Fair Lady. His national tours include: Little Women; Altar Boyz; Bye, Bye Birdie; Civil War Voices, Miracle on 34th Street and The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring The Radio City Rockettes. Lee’s regional work includes: The Light in the Piazza, Cinderella, The Wild Party (Lippa & LaChiusa), The Sound of Music, Annie, The Music Man and Hairspray. Lee thanks Rick Rose for his continued support. “All my love to my family back in Tennessee and Texas.”

Andrew Morehouse

Andrew Morehouse (Resident Lighting Designer and Master Electrician) has a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre in Detroit, Mich. Since graduating, he has worked as Technical Director for The Paramount Center for The Arts in Bristol, Tenn., and as Assistant Technical Director at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was also fortunate to be a crew captain and pyrotechnician for Dubai’s 2014, Guinness World Record-winning, New Year’s Eve display. Notable designs include: Civil War Voices, The 39 Steps, Avenue Q, Thicker Than Water and My Fair Lady.

Nicholas Piper

Nicholas Piper is an associate director of Barter Theatre in charge of new play development, as well as a director and actor in the Resident Company. A graduate of UT, Knoxville, Nick first came to Barter as an intern in 1990 and went on to become a founding member of Barter’s First Light Theatre (now The Barter Players). Nick is also the director of Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights, and is leading Barter’s Shaping of America Series. Nick has directed a number of plays for Barter including Elvis Has Left the Building, The Blue-Sky Boys, Showtime at First Baptist and I’ll Never Be Hungry Again. Some of his favorite roles include Chester in Circumference of a Squirrel, the Creature in Frankenstein and Jimmy Reed in The Road Where It Curves Away.

Derek Smith

Derek Smith (Resident Set Designer) is excited for the new opportunities his role presents. For the past eight years he has been a scenic artist at Barter while also designing sets for a few of Barter’s productions. Past designs include: “Betrayal,” “Beyond Gravity,” “Lear,” “Othello,” “Four Places,” “Circumference of a Squirrel,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “The 39 Steps” and “A Tale of Two Cities.” Derek is a native of Kingsport, Tenn., and is an alumnus of the Savannah College of Art and Design, where he received a bachelor’s degree in painting in 2003.

Staff Directory

Leadership
Advancement
Marketing
Administrative Staff
Education
Ticketing, Guest Services, & Amenities
Production
Barter Players
Barter Youth Academy
Project REAL

Richard Rose

Producing Artistic Director
276.619.3301
artdirector@bartertheatre.com

Jeremy Wright

Managing Director
276.619.3302
managingdir@bartertheatre.com

Nicholas Piper

Associate Director - New Play Development
Director of Barter's Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
276.619.3316
apfestival@bartertheatre.com

Katy Brown

Associate Director - Casting & Personnel
Artistic Director of The Barter Players
276.619.3327
barterplayers@bartertheatre.com

Camille Davis

Associate Director - Director of Production
276.619.3310
dirofproduction@bartertheatre.com

Katherine Foreman

Director of Advancement — Major Gifts
276.619.3304
dirofadvancement@bartertheatre.com

Allison Mays

Director of Corporate and Government Relations
276.619.3303
advancement@bartertheatre.com

Amy Braswell

Advancement Associate
276.619.3315
advancementassoc@bartertheatre.com

Kalonn G. Roberts

Director of Marketing
276.619.3342
dirofmarketing@bartertheatre.com

Billie Wheeler

Photographer/Videographer
276.619.3771
video@bartertheatre.com

Justin Slone

Creative Services Manager
276.619.3311
creative@bartertheatre.com

Kathleen Bundy

Communication Specialist
276.619.3343
communication@bartertheatre.com

Nellie Jenkins

Accounting Assistant
276.619.3300
nelliet@bartertheatre.com

Karen N. Rowe

Administrative Associate
276.619.3309
adminasst@bartertheatre.com

Patty Howington

Bookkeeper
276.619.3730
bookkeeper@bartertheatre.com

Megan Atkinson

Director of Project REAL.
276.698.4765
education@bartertheatre.com

David Alford

Artistic Director, Barter Youth Academy
276.206.0899
byadirector@bartertheatre.com

Michael Gerber

Associate Director, Barter Youth Academy
276.629.3344
youthacademy@bartertheatre.com

Amber Bird

Director of Sales & Services
276.619.3383
boxoffice@bartertheatre.com

Group Sales

276.619.5406
groups@bartertheatre.com

Melissa Plowman

Front of House Manager
276.628.3991
assistsalesmanager@bartertheatre.com

Kenny Davis

House Manager/Volunteer Coordinator
276.619.5407
276.619.5760
volunteer@bartertheatre.com

Gwen Wilson

PassBook Manager
276.619.5403
passbooks@bartertheatre.com

Cara Little

Gift Shop Manager
276.619.5407
giftshop@bartertheatre.com

Camille Davis

Associate Director & Director of Production
276.619.3310
dirofproduction@bartertheatre.com

Lee Harris

Resident Music Director
music@bartertheatre.com

Amanda Aldridge

Resident Costume Designer & Choreographer
276.619.3306
costumes@bartertheatre.com

Derek Smith

Resident Scenic Designer
resdesign@bartertheatre.com

Helen Stratakes

Properties Master
276.619.3324
props@bartertheatre.com

Caspar Eichin

Technical Director
276.619.3307
sceneshop@bartertheatre.com

Tony Angelini

Sound Designer & Engineer
sound@bartertheatre.com

Andrew Morehouse

Resident Lighting Designer/Master Electrician
276.619.3330
electrics@bartertheatre.com

Cindi A. Raebel

Production Stage Manager
stagemgt@bartertheatre.com
276.619.3321

Alice Sullivan

Costume Shop Manager
276.619.3306
costumesmgr@bartertheatre.com

Katy Brown

Artistic Director — The Barter Players
276.619.3327
barterplayers@bartertheatre.com

Sara Douglas

Barter Players Stage Manager
playersm@bartertheatre.com

Barrett Guyton

Associate Director of The Barter Players
276.619.3347
playertours@bartertheatre.com

David Alford

Artistic Director, Barter Youth Academy
276.206.0899
byadirector@bartertheatre.com

Michael Gerber

Associate Director, Barter Youth Academy
276.619.3344
youthacademy@bartertheatre.com

Megan Atkinson

Director of Project REAL.
276.698.4765
education@bartertheatre.com

Ryan Henderson

Artist-In-Residence
ryanatprojectreal@gmail.com

Nicole Shumate

Artist-in-Residence
nikkiatprojectreal@gmail.com

Wendy Piper

Artist-In-Residence
education2@bartertheatre.com

History & Famous Alumni »

History

History of Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre began in 1933 with one man's idea to have patrons pay with produce and has grown today into a year-round theatre with more than 160,000 visitors each year.

A Unique Beginning

During the Depression, Robert Porterfield, an enterprising young actor, returned to his native Southwest Virginia with an extraordinary proposition: Bartering produce from the farms and gardens of the region to gain admission to see a play.

So on June 10, 1933, Barter Theatre opened its doors, proclaiming "With vegetables you cannot sell, you can buy a good laugh." The price of admission was 40 cents or equivalent amount of produce. Four out of five Depression-era theatregoers paid their way with vegetables, dairy products and livestock.

The actors performing at the building were distracted not only by the occasional squealing pig or clucking hen, but noise from the town jail, which was located directly beneath the stage. The jail space was later used as a holding area for dogs suspected of rabies. It was eventually converted into dressing rooms for Barter actors.

To the surprise of many, all the seats for the first show were filled. The concept of trading "ham for Hamlet" caught on quickly. At the end of the first season, the Barter Company cleared $4.35 in cash, two barrels of jelly, and a collective weight gain of over 300 pounds.

Today, at least one performance a year celebrates the Barter heritage by accepting donations for an area food bank as the price of admission.

History of Barter Theatre Buildings

The earliest theatrical event known to occur here was a production of the Virginian on January 14, 1876, the proceeds of which were used for building repairs. In 1890, the Sons of Temperance transferred the building's title to the Town of Abingdon , to be used as a town hall for the benefit of the citizenry.

In addition to offices, the town used the building as a fire hall – hence the fire alarm on the roof that sounded as needed at any time, day or night. When the fire siren sounded during a Barter performance, the actors were instructed to freeze their position on stage and to resume the action when the alarm concluded. The alarm remained on the building until 1994 when the fire department went to a system of electronic communications to alert fire fighters.

Many of the interior furnishings in the theatre are from the Empire Theatre of New York City. Robert Porterfield learned that this New York City theatre, constructed in 1875, was slated for destruction. Porterfield had one weekend in which to carry away furnishings and equipment for use at Barter. He came away with $75,000 worth of seats, lighting fixtures, carpeting, paintings, and tapestries. The lighting system at the Empire, designed and installed by Thomas Edison, was used at Barter Theatre through the mid 1970's.

Barter Stage II

Barter Theatre Stage II was constructed in 1829 as a Methodist church. Only the main building of the church was not destroyed by fire in 1914; it was later used by the Martha Washington College as a gymnasium and a storage area.

In 1961, the building was renovated by Barter Theatre as a small theatre, with major improvements made in 1973 and again in 1985, when additions included a lobby and the Jessie Ball DuPont Memorial Theatre Garden. The unique performance space features 167 seats around a thrust stage, with patrons only a few feet away from the performers. Barter Stage II is favored by actors and audiences for its intimate setting.

People of Barter Theatre

In 1963, President Kennedy praised Robert Porterfield, the founder of Barter Theatre. We are a theatre of character. And distinction. Rex Partington succeeded Porterfield after his death in 1971. A Barter actor in the 1950's, Partington returned as chief administrator from 1972 to 1992. Richard Rose was named Producing Artistic Director in 1992.

Today, Barter has a reputation as a theatre where many famous actors first performed before they went on to achieve fame and fortune. Barter's best known alumni include: Gregory Peck, Patricia Neal, Ernest Borgnine, Hume Cronyn, Ned Beatty, Gary Collins, David Birney, and Larry Linville. Read more about the famous alums here.

Community & Educational Partnerships

As Barter Theatre grows in both size and success, so does its involvement in community services and educational programs. We are a theatre that gives.

Active in many local and regional organizations such as Boy Scouts of America, the American Cancer Society and the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Barter is continuing to strengthen its partnership with its home community. Barter offers a mentor program, workshops and classes in all aspects of theatre and at all levels, a student matinee program, storytelling and practical training for theatre professionals.

Emory & Henry College Theatre Department Partnership

Committed to the education and training of future generations, Barter Theatre, a professional LORT D Equity company, aids in the operation of the Emory & Henry College Theatre Department, in Emory, Va., 10 minutes from Barter Theatre. This association offers theatre majors opportunities for professional internships, mentoring, workshops, and master classes throughout their college career. Barter staff members and artists often serve as adjunct faculty and guest artists in the Theatre Department.

In addition, E&H theatre majors have the opportunity to attend professional rehearsals, participate in “talk backs” with the actors and crew after Barter performances, and serve as understudies in Barter Theatre productions. With this partnership, Emory & Henry Theatre Department offers students the combined strengths of a small liberal arts college and the type of pre-professional experiences often found only in large conservatories.

To learning more about the Emory & Henry Theatre Department and the educational offers available, visit ehc.edu or theatre.ehc.edu.

Produce traded at Barter Theatre

Produce traded at Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre circa 1933

Barter Theatre circa 1933

Barter Theatre circa 1933

Barter Theatre circa 1933

Achievements

We are a theatre of triumphs. Here are some of them:

Barter Theatre began in 1933 with one man's idea to have patrons pay with produce and has grown today into a year-round theatre with more than 160,000 visitors each year.

1997

Barter goes Off-Broadway for the first time since the 1960's with Doctors and Diseases. Barter receives Commonwealth of Virginia decree from Legislator in honor of Barter's 65th Birthday Season.

1996

Barter is one of three theatres in the U.S. to receive a challenge grant in the amount of $150,000 from the National Endowment for the Arts. Barter premiers in Rybinsk, Russia, with The Angel's Share marking the beginning of a continuing exchange between the Rybinsk Municipal Drama Theatre and Barter. In the summer of the same year, Rybinsk Theatre presents three plays in repertory at the Barter.

1995

Patricia Neal, a Barter Alum, visits for Barter's Day of the Woman, during which the Patricia Neal Scholarship for Barter acting interns is founded.

1993

The First Light Theatre is founded, providing live theatre for young audiences.

1979

Barter is given their first ever Virginia Governor's Award for Excellence in Art.

1978

Renovation of the Barter Playhouse (now Barter Stage II) is completed and to be used for new, experimental and innovative works.

1963

President Kennedy praises Robert Porterfield for Barter Theatre.

1956

Barter establishes the annual "Ernest Borgnine Award" to honor the best new actor of each season. Borgnine, a Barter Alum, won an Oscar preceding this event.

1948

Barter wins the Antoinette Perry "Tony" Award for Regional Theatre.

1946

Barter is designated The State Theatre of Virginia, making it the first professional theatre to attain this status.

1939

Robert Porterfield establishes the Barter Theatre Award Luncheon in New York City, given to the actor or actress who had made the most memorable contribution to the theatre during the previous year. The award consisted of a Virginia ham, a silver platter to eat it off of, and an acre of Southwest Virginia mountainside.

Ernest Borgnine Award

Ernest Borgnine Award


Barter Theatre Tour Bus

Barter Theatre Tour Bus

Famous Alumni

Famous Alumnus

Today, Barter has a reputation as a theatre where many famous actors first performed before they went on to achieve fame and fortune. Barter's best known alumni include:

Gregory Peck

Gregory Peck

Academy Award for To Kill A Mockingbird

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson

Tony Award Winner, Inductee to the American Theatre Hall of Fame, best known for The Graduate and 9 to 5

John Spencer

John Spencer

Emmy Award Winner, Obie Award Winner, Appeared in The West Wing, L.A. Law, and The Patty Duke Show

Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal

Academy Award for HudBreakfast At Tiffany's

Ernest Borgnine

Ernest Borgnine

Academy Award for MartyMcHale's Navy

Hume Cronyn

Hume Cronyn

Tony Award for Hamlet

Ned Beatty

Ned Beatty

Academy Award Winner for NetworkDeliverance

Gary Collins

Gary Collins

Television actor and show host
Frances Fisher

Frances Fisher

TitanicStriptease

James Burrows

James Burrows

Creator & Writer - Cheers • Writer - Friends • Producer & Writer - Will & Grace, Frasier

Wayne Knight

Wayne Knight

Seinfeld3rd Rock from the SunJurassic Park

Larry Linville

Larry Linville

M.A.S.H.

Will Bigham

Will Bigham

Winner - 2007 On The Lot

Barter's Stages

Main Stage

Barter’s first production was in 1933 and the building that is home to Barter's Main Stage has a grand and rich history dating back to 1831. The Historic Main Stage is a proscenium style that accommodates up to 506 patrons. This stage offers a traditional perspective, with seating downstairs in the orchestra or upstairs in the balcony. Big musicals and more traditional works are typically produced in this space.

Barter Theatre's Main Stage

Barter Theatre's Main Stage

Stage II

Stage II is right across the street from the Main Stage and brings the action up close. In this space a smaller, more intimate stage is ground level, while stadium-style seating allows for a unique viewing experience. Newer works and edgier plays are typically produced here, as well as most of the Barter Players’ shows. Barter Stage II also houses The Barter Cafe.

Barter Theatre's Stage II

Barter Theatre's Stage II

Contact/Connect

Contact (left)

Box Office

Barter Theatre Main Stage
276.628.3991
127 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA 24210

Barter Stage II
Located across the street at Political Dogs. If you are seeing a show at Barter Stage II, please pick up your tickets at the Stage II Box Office.

Box Office Hours
Tues—Sat: 9am—5pm*
Sun: 1pm—5pm*
*Extended hours for evening performances.

Contact (right)

Administration and Education Offices

160 Cummings Street
Abingdon, VA 24210
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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FAQs

When can I see a show at Barter?

Barter is open February-December offering many shows a week. You can visit Abingdon most weekends and see up to 4 shows in one weekend.

Are discounts available?

Yes, we offer discounts for groups and for individuals including students, military, senior and AAA discounts.

Where is Barter Stage II and Political Dogs?

They are located right across Main Street in Abingdon. They are located adjacent to our parking lot, accessible by taking Main Street to Partington Place.

What else is there to do in Abingdon?

Abingdon is a very historic and cultural town; it is ranked #69 in The 100 Best Small Towns in America. It offers shopping, outdoor activities, artist studios and galleries, museums, wonderful dining and more!

What are the Box Office hours?

Click HERE for Box Office hours and information.

What types of groups enjoy coming to Barter Theatre?

A: Motorcoach tours, church groups, senior citizen groups, civic groups, specialty, schools, office parties, reunions and your organization! Click HERE for more information for groups.

Is there anyone who can help me plan an itinerary while in the area?

Yes, our box office staff and group sales associate can help you customize a trip to Barter Theatre, Abingdon, the surrounding region and its many attractions. Our entire sales staff works very closely with the Abingdon tourism center; this relationship helps to make the best package for you!

THE BARTER MISSION

Enriching Lives Through Extraordinary Theatre

Barter is a resident company of passionate professional artists and leaders dedicated to serving and enriching our region by creating live theatre in repertory; by providing a nurturing environment for all involved; by embracing and celebrating Appalachia; by being stewards of the legacy of Barter Theatre; by using theatre as a vehicle for education; and by providing audiences, both youth and adult, with an extraordinary and enlightening experience each and every time they engage with us.






Handicap Accessibility

Barter Theatre is committed to making productions accessible for everyone. For more information about Barter’s accessibility, please call the box office at 276.628.3991

Parking

Handicap accessible parking is available in front of both theatres on Main Street, as well as in the Barter Theatre parking lot adjacent to Barter Stage II. Click here for more information and a map of accessible parking.

Facility

Accessible restrooms are located on the ground floor of Barter’s main stage as well as Barter Stage II.

Handicap accessible seating is available at both theatres. Please let our box office staff know your needs at the time you make your reservation.

Hearing Assistance

A hearing loop has been installed to assist those with hearing aids or cochlear implants equipped with Telecoils (T-coil). Sound is transmitted directly and wirelessly without background noise or interference to better serve Barter patrons. Please switch your hearing aids to the Telecoil position and enjoy the show! For help locating your Telecoil setting we encourage you to call your audiologist. If you do not have a Telecoil they can be easily and inexpensively retro-fitted to most hearing aids.

FM-phonic headphones are also available at both stages by request in the Gift Shop for hearing impaired patrons.

What is the hearing loop?

The Hearing Loop is literally a copper wire that is looped around the periphery of a room which allows those who have a telecoil in their hearing aid/s or cochlear implant to link directly into the facility's sound system. The Hearing Loop is the method of choice to facilitate hearing in large gathering places and anywhere where high ceilings, lack of sound deadening, and extensive window space sacrifices audibility–not just for those with hearing loss but also for those who have normal hearing.

Induction loops are superior to other assistive listening devices for several reasons. There is no need to place unsightly earphones into your ears. In addition, because your hearing aid's telecoil serves as the "antenna", the reception of sound is molded and modified by your personal hearing aid. Hearing loss is as unique to an individual as is his/her fingerprint and generic listening devices amplify all incoming sound exactly the same way for all listeners. This is not the case for loops and audibility is maximized with the Hearing Loop.

Most individuals are under the mistaken belief that hearing aids return hearing to normal. Actually, a hearing aid's microphone amplifies best at distances 3-6 feet away. Thus, you would need to sit in the first pew or in the first row in order for your hearing aid to pick up the best. In addition, a hearing aid's microphone couldn't possibly know who, or what, is important to hear. Since the hearing aid's microphone amplifies best what is closest, a baby crying or a person opening a package of cough drops in the seat next to you will be louder and clearer than a speaker at the pulpit or podium located in the front. The Hearing Loop resolves these issues.

Approximately 60% of all hearing aids incorporate telecoils. Occasionally, your hearing aid may have a telecoil but your hearing aid dispenser hasn't enabled it. You may need to consult with your hearing aid dispenser.

Les Miserables, 2013

Les Miserables, 2013

Ticket Donations

Barter Theatre frequently receives requests for donations of tickets to upcoming charity events. It is important to Barter Theatre to be an active part of the community and to support as many of these requests as possible. Although it is not always possible to fill all requests due to volume, we strive to do our best in allocating tickets. If you are working on an event and are in need of donated items, please read our ticket donation policies below. 

  1. A letter of request must be turned in to receive a ticket donation.
  2. Please provide Barter Theatre with a letter, on organization letter head, stating the following:
    1. Event
    2. Event Date
    3. Reason for Event
    4. What Money Raised Will Benefit
  3. The letter will need to be turned in at least one month in advance of event.
  4. Any requests that are made two weeks prior to event are less likely to be processed in time.
  5. Please turn letter of request into:
    1. Ticket Donation Request, Barter Theatre
      1. Mail to: 
        1. PO Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212
      2.  Drop off: 
        1. At Barter Theatre Main Stage Box Office 
      3. Email: 
        1. boxoffice@bartertheatre.com
  6. We will contact you after we receive your letter of request.

Ticket Policies & Information

Reservations:
Phone: Barter’s Box Office at (276) 628-3991
Barter Theatre is a member of the Virginia Relay System
Online: at www.bartertheatre.com
Fax: (276) 619-5466

E-mail: boxoffice@bartertheatre.com

  • Reservations are highly recommended.
  • Tickets may be purchased at the door based on availability.
  • Tickets may be purchased in advance online or during business hours on the phone at (276) 628-3991 or in person.
  • Box Office hours: Monday—Saturday: 9:00a.m.—5:00p.m.; Sunday: 1:00p.m.—5:00p.m. (Extended hours for evening performances.)

All reservations must be secured with Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express and tickets may be picked up at the Box Office. There is a $4.50 charge for mailing tickets.

All sales are final and will be charged at the time the reservation is made. Show times may vary from production to production. For specifics dates and times, please contact our Box Office.

A preservation fee of $2.50 is added to each ticket. The money generated through the preservation fee is used specifically to improve Historic Barter Theatre and Stage II for the comfort and enjoyment of our patrons. For reservations taken over the phone or in person, a service fee of $1.50 is added to each ticket. For reservations made online, a service fee of $3.00 is added to each ticket. 

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Discounts:
Youth Discounts (ages 5-17) Barter Theatre always offers student pricing, ask your Box Office attendant for details.

Student Rush (with Student ID) $18 tickets, as available, day of show.

Senior & AAA discounts:  $2 off the regular ticket price for any performance.

Military discount: $5 off the regular ticket price for any performance.

Multiple Discounts are not permitted. DISCOUNTS ARE NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE. PLEASE CALL THE BOX OFFICE AT 276-628-3991 FOR DISCOUNTS.

Groups:
Any group of 15 or more qualifies for special rates. Plan a trip for your family reunion, birthday, office party, school group or just 15 of your favorite people. Ask about special group activities. For more information or to schedule your group outing, contact group sales at (276) 628-3991 ext. 406 or email groups@bartertheatre.com.

Photography/Video/Audio: Due to the U.S. copyright laws, use of photography, video and other recording devices are strictly prohibited during any performance at Barter Theatre. Patrons are permitted to take photos and videos only prior to the show and after the actors have left the stage following the curtain call.

Smoking policy:
Please note, while smoking by actors on stage may be appropriate for the accurate portrayal of individual characters or the truthful telling of the story, Barter Theatre does not endorse smoking tobacco. Airflow in the theaters is designed so any smoke produced on stage by our prop herbal cigarettes is immediately filtered out of the building and not recycled into the air.

Late Seating Policy:
Barter shows begin promptly at the announced times. To not interrupt the experience for allow audience members, patrons arriving late to a performance will be seated in the most convenient location at the discretion of House Management.

Return Seating Policy:
In order to not interrupt the experience for fellow audience members, a patron leaving his/her seat during a performance will be reseated in the most convenient location at the discretion of House Management.

Accessibility:
We're committed to making productions accessible and enjoyable for everyone. A hearing loop has been installed in Barter Theatre and Barter Stage II to assist those with hearing aids or cochlear implants equipped with Telecoils. By request, FM Phonic headphones are also available for those hard of hearing.

Inclement Weather:
Barter Theatre performances are never cancelled due to weather conditions. The plays will be presented on schedule, not to be delayed by rain, sleet or snow.


Theatre Matters

A Podcast with Justin Tyler Lewis

Explore the inner workings of the nation's longest running professional theatre with one of the actors who knows it best! Justin Tyler Lewis, host of Theatre Matters, sits down each week to talk with a different member of the theatre about their role in making Barter the success that it is. Actors, directors, designers and more take a seat in the studio to talk shop about the work it takes to get a show off the ground and audiences in their seats. 

 

Where to Find Theatre Matters: 

 

View all the episodes of Theatre Matters on Podomatic here

Download the iTunes Podcast App: Theatre Matters

Tune into WEHC 90.7 FM every Friday at 1:30 PM

 

Meet Your Host: 

 

Justin Tyler Lewis came to Barter Theatre in 2010 as a member of The Barter Players and joined Barter’s Resident Acting Company in 2012. He has proudly performed a number of roles during that time. Recent roles include: Man (Holiday Memories), Freddy Eynsford-Hill (My Fair Lady) and Dr. Mortimer (Sherlock Holmes & The Hound of the Baskervilles). Justin hosts Barter’s weekly radio show and podcast Theatre Matters on 90.7 WEHC in Emory, Va. In 2014, Justin married fellow Barter Resident Actor Carrie Smith. He would like to thank Carrie, Rick Rose, Katy Brown, John Hardy and the endless number of teachers he meets everyday.

 

 

 

 

Opportunities at Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre (founded 1933) is a full-time, year-round AEA resident repertory company of theatre artists, a founding member of LORT and located in historic Abingdon, Virginia. Bartertheatre.com.


Available Positions

 

Production Intern

Barter Theatre (founded 1933) – a full-time, year-round LORT – AEA resident repertory company located in the mountains of Southwestern Virginia, is a seeking full-time, Production Intern for the 2016 season.  

Duties may include (but not limited to) running a spotlight, working as part of the backstage deck crew, show changeover and filling in other areas as needed.  These positions will work in various departments, including Props, Electrics, Scene Shop, Sound and Stage Management.  Candidates must be energetic, possess a willingness to learn and work well within a team. Responsibilities will include working during changeovers and running shows. This is a full time position involving six days of work per week and includes work at night, on weekends, and occasionally on holidays.  Relevant experience and/or degree is desired for all positions. Contract dates: late February through August 2016 and end date may be extended.

Please send resume and references to Stage Management, P.O. Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24210; Fax:  276-619-3335; E-mail (preferred): stagemgt@bartertheatre.com

 

BARTER THEATRE ANNOUNCES AUDITIONS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS FOR ITS 2016 SEASON AND THE 2016-2017 BARTER PLAYER COMPANY.

Barter Players' College Audtions scheduled for February 13th have been cancelled due to inclement weather. 

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING VERY CAREFULLY.

When and Where:

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, 2016

10am                          Registration for A.M. slot

10:30 am – 1:00 pm      Acting and singing auditions

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm        Callbacks and interviews from A.M.

2:30pm                              Registration for P.M. slot

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm         Acting and singing auditions 

5:30 pm – 7:00pm          Callbacks and interviews from P.M.

IT IS REQUIRED THAT YOU SIGN UP IN ADVANCE. Please see the sign up information at the bottom.

The auditions will take place at the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of Northeast State in Blountville, TN. Please click here: http://apps.northeaststate.edu/InteractiveCampusMap/  for a link to the campus map, and the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts which is labeled "Theatre" on the map. 

When you sign up for an audition slot, you choose either the AM or the PM slot. If you choose the AM slot, arrive at 10:00am and plan to stay as late as 2:30pm. If you choose the PM slot, arrive at 2:30pm and plan to stay as late as 7:00pm. You will have approximately 5 minutes for your audition (first come, first seen), after which, you will be asked to stay for the callbacks or allowed to leave.         

ACTING AND SINGING AUDITIONS

We would like to see either one or two monologues no more than ninety seconds each.  If you will be doing two monologues please make sure that they contrast in some way.  PLEASE REMEMBER: ABSOLUTELY NO MONOLOGUES LONGER THAN NINETY SECONDS. 

We would like to hear one verse and one chorus of a song, or, sixteen bars of a song.  Occasionally we ask for additional, contrasting songs so we suggest you come prepared for that possibility.  Accompanist will be provided.  No recorded accompaniment or a cappella singing. You must bring your own sheet music with full piano accompaniment part - no lead sheets or vocal only sheet music. All music should be written in key in which you plan to sing it.  No on site transposing.

Please bring one copy of your picture and resume. 

THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION DESCRIBES WHAT WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR IN THESE AUDITIONS

****We will not be looking for any actors under the age of 18 (male or female) at this time.  Please check the website at a later date for any youth auditions.

If you are not available for the 2016 season, we prefer that you wait until our 2017 auditions to be seen. 

WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR:

** The Barter Players: Non-AEA; College graduates or equivalent experience; Pay, insurance, and housing provided; Year-round; Brochures available.

** Apprentice Company:  Non-AEA; College undergraduates or equivalent experience; No pay but housing is provided; Summer only; Brochures available.

** Local and non-local jobbers:  Various individual roles for a single show or single repertory.

** Possible replacements and understudies for the 2015 season.

PRODUCTION AND REHEARSAL DATES AND TIMES

The performance dates of our 2016 season and more information about each show can be found at our website.  Brochures are also available at the audition site.  Rehearsals for most plays begin approximately six – eight weeks before they open.  Most actors will participate in two productions during the same repertory. 

We ask that you sign up for an audition slot for any part of this audition.

To sign up for an audition slot: email Katy Brown at barterplayers@bartertheatre.com after January 17th with the following information: Your name, email, telephone number, and if you want to audition in the A.M. or P.M. slot. Please put “College Audition” as the heading for your email.

Availability is on a first come basis- you will receive a confirmation email. No sign ups before January 17th will be honored.

Thank you, and we hope to see you at the college audition!

 

Stage II Carpenter 

The Stage 2 Carpenter's primary responsibility is changing scenery between shows that rep in Stage 2. This employee is responsible for supervision of all crew personnel involved in the rep, and for leading this process in an efficient manner.  During pre-show, performance, and post show this employee works in conjunction with stage management under the supervision of the Stage Manager to operate the show and to coordinate maintenance of the space. During this time the Stage Carpenter can also be responsible for cleaning the stage areas and assisting stage management with any of the day to day show operations as outlined by the Stage Manager.  When no shows are in performance and/or the above responsibilities are not required of the Stage Carpenter the employee will perform whatever duties or tasks are assigned by the Technical Director.

Essential Functions Include:

  • Reporting safety and staff issues to supervisor
  • Rigging scenery safely and efficiently
  • Responsible for any repair work that is needed for the scenery during the run of all Stage 2 productions
  • Maintenance of the scenery and props at the theatre
  • Supervising and training interns that may work for the rep of shows
  • Attending all strike and load-in work calls as assigned by the Technical Director
  • Utilizing proper safety equipment/attire and enforcing the use thereof for rep crews
  • Arriving at work on time and ready to work when the call has started
  • Responsible for changing over from one show to the other, “repping” back and forth between Stage 2 shows, as the season dictates.
  • The ability to work well with others
  • Excellent communication skills
  • The ability perform under pressure
  • Average work-week consists of between 38 and 42 hours
  • The ability to lift fifty pounds
  • Good general carpentry skills are essential
  • Must be able to perform rigging inspections as instructed by the Technical Director
  • Must be prompt and thorough with all paperwork, such as rep reports
  • Assists with running Stage 2 productions including, but not limited to, moving set pieces, operating automation, running fly systems, running trap doors, and effects.
  • Maintaining acceptable levels of cleanliness and organizations of the backstage area.
  • All Barter Employees are expected to present themselves in a respectful demeanor and appearance when interacting with the public.

Additional Functions:

  • Additional functions are as assigned by the Stage Manager in times of show and, the Technical Director at any time.

Required Education/Experience:

  • Knowledge and experience of running crew/shows under Equity stage management 
  • Experience in basic rigging scenery
  • Experience in maintenance and use of hand and power tools

Necessary Skills:

  • The ability to work independently
  • Knowledge and proficiency of all power and hand tools in the scene shop/theatre
  • A self motivator with the ability to motivate others
  • The willingness to do a job correctly and guide others to do so
  • Clear and concise communication

Disclaimer: Although Barter Theatre has attempted to accurately and thoroughly describe this    position, Barter Theatre reserves the right to change the same, including to change, add, or to subtract from the duties outlined, within the sole discretion of Barter Theatre, at any time, with    or without advance notice.                                                                                                          

Barter Theatre (founded 1933) is a full-time, year-round AEA resident repertory company of theatre artists, a founding member of LORT and located in historic Abingdon, Virginia. Bartertheatre.com

Expected start date is May 2, 2016. 

Please submit résumés to Technical Director, Caspar Eichin at sceneshop@bartertheatre.com

 

Scenic Carpenter

The Barter Theatre is looking for a Scenic Carpenter to join our team.

Applicants should have a good working knowledge of many types of theatrical construction (both wood and steel) as well as experience in rigging and a fundamental understanding of automation. We operate in a fast paced professional environment. The Scenic Carpenter position works with the rest of the shop under the direction of the Technical Director and the Assistant Technical Director to build scenic elements for all productions associated with the Barter Theatre. Primary job functions include building scenery, Load-Ins, Strikes, and the maintenance of the scene shop and it’s associated areas. This position is a full time, year-round staff position with benefits.  The ideal candidate will have either an MA/MFA or BA in Theatre as well as and a strong drive to work quickly, accurately, and safely by themselves and with others. The ability to lift 50+ lbs. is required, Arc/Mig experience preferred.

Barter Theatre (founded 1933) is a full-time, year-round AEA resident repertory company of theatre artists, a founding member of LORT and located in historic Abingdon, Virginia. Bartertheatre.com

Expected start date is March 7, 2016. 

Please submit résumés to Technical Director, Caspar Eichin at sceneshop@bartertheatre.com

 

 

Apprenticeships and Internships

Acting apprenticeships and The Barter Players
Katy Brown barterplayers@bartertheatre.com

Technical Internships: Camille Davis dirofproduction@bartertheatre.com

Marketing Internships: Kalonn Gentry Roberts dirofmarketing@bartertheatre.com

Advancement Internships: Katherine Foreman dirofadvancement@bartertheatre.com

Volunteer Opportunities

Barter depends on its amazing group of volunteers! There are many ways to help support Barter with your time.

Volunteer ushers assist patrons, take tickets, answer questions, sell concessions and ensure the safety and comfort of all of our guests. For more information about ushering, contact: Kenny Davis, House Manager volunteer@bartertheatre.com.

The Advancement Office counts on dedicated volunteers to help with mailings, events and special projects. It’s a great way to make new friends and make a difference at Barter. To sign up, contact: advancementassoc@bartertheatre.com.

 


Play Submissions

Guidelines for the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP)

The usually takes place in July and August, and play submissions are accepted through March. The next AFPP deadline will be in March 2016. Click here for more information on the AFPP.

Plays may be emailed to apfestival@bartertheatre.com

Or mailed to
Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights
Barter Theatre
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA, 24212-0867

Guidelines for Barter’s Shaping of America Initiative

America began as an idea. Who are we? Where did we come from? How did we get there? “The Shaping of America”: The stories you won’t find in history books. What’s your idea? Submit a proposal for Barter Theatre’s “Shaping of America” Series. Existing full-length scripts are not accepted.

Required Materials:

Submissions may be emailed to shapingofamerica@bartertheatre.com

Or mailed to
Shaping of America
Barter Theatre
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212-0867

Guidelines for other play submissions

Barter also accepts new play proposals that do not fit in to either of the above programs. Please note: Barter does not accept unsolicited manuscripts. Barter does not generally produce one-act plays nor plays with extremely urban themes. Barter does produce plays for Young Audiences, whether one-acts or full length. Plays with an Appalachian theme or by an Appalachian playwright are encouraged to submit via Barter Theatre’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. To submit your play for consideration, please use the following guidelines.

Required Materials:

Submissions may be emailed to dramaturge@bartertheatre.com

Or mailed to
Dramatuge
Barter Theatre
P.O. Box 867
Abingdon, VA 24212-0867


Educational Collaboration

Emory & Henry College Theatre Department Partnership

Committed to the education and training of future generations, Barter Theatre, a professional LORT D Equity company, aids in the operation of the Emory & Henry College Theatre Department, in Emory, Va., 10 minutes from Barter Theatre. This association offers theatre majors opportunities for professional internships, mentoring, workshops, and master classes throughout their college career. Barter staff members and artists often serve as adjunct faculty and guest artists in the Theatre Department.

In addition, E&H theatre majors have the opportunity to attend professional rehearsals, participate in “talk backs” with the actors and crew after Barter performances, and serve as understudies in Barter Theatre productions. With this partnership, Emory & Henry Theatre Department offers students the combined strengths of a small liberal arts college and the type of pre-professional experiences often found only in large conservatories.

To learning more about the Emory & Henry Theatre Department and the educational offers available, visit ehc.edu or theatre.ehc.edu.

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Kathleen Bundy
Communication Specalist 
Barter Theatre
PO Box 867; Abingdon, VA 24212
communication@bartertheatre.com
276.619.3343
Fax 276.619.3335

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Media Contact:

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October 28, 2015

 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

EXCLUSIVE PREVIEW PERFORMANCE INTRODUCES BARTER THEATRE’S 2016 SEASON

ABINGDON, Va.—Barter Theatre unveils the 2016 production schedule with a behind-the-scenes preview of what the next season has in store. Producing Artistic Director Richard Rose announces an exciting season filled with comedy, drama and many world-famous shows patrons will recognize from their silver-screen adaptations.

“Barter Theatre is like no other theatre and this programming says that,” said Rose, “We are one of a select few theatres chosen to present many of these works and one of the only theatres in the Southeast United States, which really speaks the prestige of this theatre.”

At Wednesday morning’s announcement, the Barter Theatre Resident Acting Company treated the audience to performances of select songs and scenes patrons will see next season.

With the announcement of the 2016 season, PassBooks for the 2016 season are on sale now. Season PassBooks offer savings up to 52% off single ticket prices, and are available in four varied packages, allowing anyone the opportunity to see several shows at Barter for great price. Season PassBooks range in price from $99 to $249 and are only available for a limited time. For more information about purchasing your Season PassBook, visit bartertheatre.com or contact the box office, 276-628-3991.

Barter Theatre’s 2016 season will begin in February and feature the following shows throughout the year:

Shows on The Barter Theatre Stage

“A rollicking fantasy set in the American South, you simply MUST SEE this show!”

BIG FISH

Book by John August

Music and Lyrics by Andrew Lippa

Based on the novel by Daniel Wallace and the Columbia motion picture written by John August

Overflowing with heart, humor and spectacular stagecraft, Big Fish is an extraordinary new Broadway musical that reminds us why we love going to the theatre – for an experience that’s richer, funnier and BIGGER than life itself. Based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the acclaimed film directed by Tim Burton, Big Fish centers on Edward Bloom, a traveling salesman who lives life to its fullest… and then some! Edward’s incredible, larger-than-life stories thrill everyone around him – most of all, his devoted wife Sandra. But their son Will, who is about to have a child of his own, is determined to find the truth behind his father’s epic tales. MAR. - APR.

 “ABBA-lutely Fabulous! The ultimate feel-good show”

MAMMA MIA!

Music and Lyrics by Benny Anderson and Björn Ulvaeus

And some songs with Stig Anderson

Book by Catherine Johnson

Sophie has just one wish to make her wedding perfect: to have her father walk her down the aisle. Now, she just has to find out who he is... Join the music, laughter and fun of the irresistibly charming, musical celebration of mothers, daughters, fathers, true loves lost, and new ones found. More than 54 million people worldwide have fallen in love with Mamma Mia! Featuring more than 20 ABBA songs you know and love, it’s the feel-good experience that will have you singing and dancing over and over and over again. MAY - AUG.

“The show soars deliriously high and gloriously far.”

PETER AND THE STAR CATCHER

A play by Rick Elice

Based on the novel by David Barry and Ridley Pearson

Music by Wayne Barker

Originally Produced on Broadway by Nancy Nagel Gibbs, Greg

Schaffert, Eva Price, Tom Smedes, and Disney Theatrical Productions

A theatrical prequel to Peter Pan, this magical play takes you on a journey. Using the power of music and storytelling, it chronicles the adventures of an orphan soon to be called Peter Pan, and Molly, a girl charged to protect a parcel of stardust from falling into the wrong hands. Join us for the most hilarious-filled evening of madcap fun! In this five- time Tony Award winning play, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination. Recommended for the whole family – ages 8 and up. JUN. - AUG.

 “This electrifying concert musical resurrects

the QUEEN OF ROCK ‘N’ ROLL”

A NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN

Created, Written and Directed by Randy Johnson

Like a comet that burns far too brightly to last, Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and, almost overnight, became the Queen of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Her unmistakable voice, filled with raw emotion and tinged with Southern Comfort, made her a must-see headliner from Monterey to Woodstock. A Night with Janis Joplin is a musical journey celebrating Janis and her biggest musical influences – trailblazers like Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Odetta, Nina Simone and Bessie Smith, who inspired one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s greatest legends. AUG. - SEPT.

 “The #1 longest running American Musical

in Broadway History.”

CHICAGO

Book by Fred Ebb and Bob Fosse

Music by John Kander; Lyrics by Fred Ebb

Based on the play by Maurine Dallas Watkins

Script adaptation by David Thompson

This musical will razzle-dazzle you like no other. It’s the roaring twenties, and Roxie Hart is a small-time chorus dancer who will kill for fame. And after doing just that, she lands behind bars alongside vaudeville star Velma Kelly, who, with the help of hotshot lawyer Billy Flynn, has spun her crime into a media frenzy. When Flynn takes Roxie’s case, he makes her the latest tabloid sensation, setting the stage for singing, dancing catfights between the all-too-willing rivals, and featuring one of the greatest Kander and Ebb scores ever. SEPT. - NOV.

“Shades of Mark Twain with a touch of Stephen King, as if Huckleberry Finn and Tom Sawyer had found themselves lost in a sinister fairground full of supernatural characters.”

Ray Bradbury’s

SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES

A play by Ray Bradbury

One strange and wild autumn, Halloween came early. It came at exactly the same time as Cooger and Dark’s Pandemonium Shadow show rolled into town…That year, James Nightshade of 97 Oak Street was 13 years, 11 months, 23 days old. Next door, William Halloway was 13 years, 11 months, 24 days old. For Jim and Will, the lure of the carnival is irresistible. They soon discover that a sinister secret lies behind the smoke and mirrors; the carnival holds a dark desire to destroy the whole town. Only Jim, Will and Will’s mild-mannered dad can save the day. Adapting his own novel for the stage, the legendary Ray Bradbury has created a spine-tingling battle between good and evil. It is packed with a terrifying collection of characters, including the mysterious flying Dust Witch and the deadly Mr. Dark. A fantastic book, and now a new show for everyone from nine and up, “Something Wicked This Way Comes” is a deliciously, scary adventure about friendship, innocence and perfectly captures the wondrous belief we possess when we are 14 years old. SEPT. - NOV.

 “The classic ghost story of Christmas.”

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

A traditional adaptation from Dickens by Richard Rose

The joy of the holiday season returns with this sparkling production, and a beloved favorite of Barter patrons. Come and relive the sheer exhilaration of Scrooge’s experience. Witness his release from his small and selfish life to a life of giving, brotherhood and love. A spirited gift to treasure with family and friends, it guarantees you will leave wrapped in the warmth of the holiday spirit. NOV. - DEC.

 

Shows at Barter Stage II

“One of the funniest plays EVER…laugh out loud funny”

LYING IN STATE

A riotous comedy by David C. Hyer

The state senator has died in a ridiculous gun accident, and it has made him a national hero. Everyone is searching for something. The local political party leaders are strenuously looking for someone to fill his senate seat. His ex-wife is looking for a bugler to play for his funeral. Bunny, the stripper, and a host of other zany characters are looking for love, votes, the right casket and a big purple squirrel named Mel. In this madcap comedy, love, politics and well, everything, are not what they seem. FEB. - MAR.

“Achieves vibrant immediacy…As relevant as if it were written today!”

George Orwell’s 1984

Adapted for the stage by Michael Gene Sullivan

Winston Smith is a cog in the giant machine of the State. Physically and mentally under the omnipresent eye of Big Brother, Winston has been caught struggling for scraps of love and freedom in a world awash with distrust and violence. With the brutal “help” of four Party Members, Winston is forced to confess his “Thought-Crimes” before an unseen inquisitor, and the audience -- which acts as a silent witness to his torture. This is a ferocious and provocative adaptation of one of the most prescient works of literature of the last century. MAR. - APR.

“In times of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

—George Orwell

 

“Five Southern women who, through hilarious adventures, prove that friendships last forever.”

THE DIXIE SWIM CLUB

By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, Jamie Wooten

Five unforgettable Southern women, whose friendships began many years ago on their college swim team, set aside a long weekend every August to recharge those relationships. Free from husbands, kids, and jobs, they meet at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to catch up, laugh and meddle in each other’s lives. These women increasingly rely on one another, through advice and raucous repartee, to get through the challenges (men, sex, marriage, parenting, divorce, aging) that life flings at them, including some hilarious and unexpected twists and turns. JUN. - AUG.

“As history often proves, truth is much more exciting than fiction.”

WINTER WHEAT: A NEW MUSICAL

Book and lyrics by Catherine Bush

Music and vocal arrangements by Ben Mackel

Taking a fascinating piece of American history and creating a musical, this journey explores the personal stakes for the men and women who lived through it. Set in the small East Tennessee town of Niota in 1920, the country is abuzz over the controversial 19th Amendment. The country was deeply divided over whether women should have the right to vote, and there was no guarantee the Amendment would be ratified by a majority of states. In the end, the ratification came down to a single state: Tennessee. And the Tennessee vote was decided by a single man: Harry Burn from Niota. SEPT.- NOV.

A MURDER MYSTERY THRILLER

ANNOUNCEMENT COMING SOON!

Barter is in the midst of negotiations on a new mystery thriller, which we are not yet allowed to announce. We know you are excited, as Barter has become known for our fall murder mysteries. We will announce this exciting addition to Barter’s 2016 Season as soon as we have finalized negotiations. Stay tuned for some heart pounding fun! OCT. - NOV.

“A HILARIOUS comedy about FAMILY, FAITH & FOOD.”

OVER THE RIVER AND THROUGH THE WOODS

by Joe DiPietro

When 29 year-old Nick Cristano announced his plans to move to Seattle, it was tantamount to a declaration of war. His Italian-American grandparents, with whom he has had Sunday dinner every week of his life, did not understand. With his parents and older sister having already moved to distant cities, Nick’s desire to leave for professional advancement makes no sense. To his immigrant grandparents, family is the center and the heart of life. Outrageous plans are hatched, hilarious games are played, a blind date is arranged, and stories of sacrifice and family are told to try to keep Nick from leaving. Resulting in a hilarious situation taken to an extreme, this show is shared and cherished by any family, and guarantees to make you love your family all over again. NOV. - DEC.

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PHOTO CAPTION 1: Richard Rose announces Barter Theatre’s 2016 season.

PHOTO CAPTION 2: Members of the Barter Theatre Resident Acting Company perform a scene from “Peter and the Star Catcher.”