Directors & Designers
Producing Artistic Director/Director
Richard Rose is now in his 24th year at Barter Theatre, and is only the third artistic director in the historic theatre’s 83-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 adapter. His original adaptations of plays have been extremely popular and include: 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 the wildly popular, Sherlock Holmes & the Hound of the Baskervilles during the 2014 season. In 2015, Rick led the theatre to unparalleled success while directing: Anything Goes, Mary Poppins, Curtains, The Understudy and Miracle on 34th Street. Rick has served on many state and regional 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.
Resident Choreographer/Costume Designer
Amanda Aldridge has been at Barter for 23 seasons. It is a joy for Amanda to be able to combine her two passions: choreography and costume design. Her work at Barter includes more than 160 productions. Amanda has choreographed and designed: Curtains, The Marvelous Wonderettes, Anything Goes, The Wizard of Oz, Man of La Mancha, Les Misérables, Cabaret, I’ll Never Be Hungry Again, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Singin’ in the Rain, and Gypsy. Amanda also choreographed: Mary Poppins; Kiss Me, Kate; Zombie Prom; 9 to 5: The Musical; The Full Monty; and The Who’s Tommy. Other Barter costume designs include: Dracula!, Gigi, Phantom, 1776, and Keep on the Sunny Side. Previously, Amanda studied in New York City and worked as resident costume designer and choreographer at the American Stage Festival, N.H. and Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Mass.
Resident Sound Designer & Engineer
Tony Angelini 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.
Director of Education and Founder & Director of Project REAL
Megan Atkinson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Columbus State University and a masters in Liberal Studies from East Tennessee State Univeristy. Megan has also studied at the Institute of Movement in Manhattan, Michael Chekov Studio, Gas and Electric Arts Company. 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.
Associate Artistic Director, Artistic Director of The Barter Players
Katy Brown is an Associate Artistic Director of Barter Theatre and is pleased to be in her eighteenth year at the theatre. She has directed more than 90 professional productions, including: The Three Musketeers, Peter and the Starcatcher, Mary’s Wedding, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Miracle Worker, Little Women, The 39 Steps, Hamlet, Othello, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Anne of Green Gables, Doubting Thomas, The Road to Appomattox, The Fantasticks, Holiday Memories, The Foreigner, Romeo and Juliet, A Thousand Cranes, Violet, as well as Barter’s national tour of Of Mice and Men. Katy also heads casting for Barter Theatre and is the artistic director of both The Barter Players and The Barter Players Encore Company. Katy is incredibly proud of Players past and present, out there working daily to ask more of themselves than is reasonable in order to serve others.
Associate Director/Director of Production
Camille Davis has the privilege of acting as an associate artistic director and director of production for Barter Theatre. She has spent more than 25 years as a production manager, technical director, lighting designer and occasional scenic designer in theatres stretching from Kentucky to New York City to Sag Harbor on Long Island. Some favorite lighting designs at Barter include: Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, The Glass Menagerie, The Dryad: An Appalachian Tale, Holiday Memories, Mary’s Wedding and A Streetcar Named Desire. Camille holds a Bachelor of Arts from Centre College in Danville, Ky., and a Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Penn.
Resident Musical Director
Lee Harris is so grateful to be back at Barter Theatre for his fourth year as resident musical director. Barter Theatre productions: Harry Chapin: Remember When The Music; Love Always...Patsy Cline; I’ll Never Be Hungry Again; Les Misérables; Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; The Wizard of Oz; My Fair Lady; Holiday Memories; A Christmas Carol; Anything Goes; Mary Poppins; Curtains and Miracle on 34th Street. National tours: Little Women; Altar Boyz; Bye, Bye Birdie; Civil War Voices; Forever Plaid; Miracle on 34th Street and five years with The Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring The Radio City Rockettes. Regional Theatre: The Who’s Tommy; The Light in the Piazza; Cinderella; The Wild Party (Lippa & LaChiusa); The Sound of Music; Annie; The Music Man and Hairspray. Many thanks Rick Rose for his continued support. “All my love to my family back in Tennessee and Texas.”
Resident Lighting Designer and Master Electrician
Andrew Morehouse 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 is an associate artistic director at Barter in charge of new play development and the director of Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP). Also a member of Barter’s Resident Acting Company, recent roles include: Buddy, (The Doyle and Debbie Show), Harry (The Understudy), Barry (The Gnome), Davis (The Dryad: An Appalachian Tale), Tony Wendice (Dial ‘M’ for Murder), Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire), Finner Swanson (Walking Across Egypt), and Simon Whitaker (Wooden Snowflakes). A graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he began his career at Barter as an intern before becoming a founding member of Barter’s First Light Theatre (now The Barter Players). He has also directed a number of shows at Barter including: Keep on the Sunny Side, A Facility For Living, Unnecessary Farce, The Red Velvet Cake War, The Glass Menagerie, Elvis Has Left the Building, The Blue Sky Boys, Showtime at First Baptist, I’ll Never Be Hungry Again, and Lying in State. He is so very grateful to be a member of this community along with his wife Wendy and their two beautiful daughters Lucy and Maggie.
Resident Set Designer
Derek Smith is in his 13th season at Barter and his fifth as Barter’s resident scenic designer. Derek served as Barter’s scenic artist for eight years prior to becoming scenic designer. In his time at Barter, Derek has designed more than 50 shows. He is grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to continue to learn and grow as an artist at Barter and to work with such a talented group of people. Select past designs include: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Mary Poppins, The Three Musketeers, Tarzan, The Dryad: An Appalachian Tale, A Streetcar Named Desire, Avenue Q, Holiday Memories, Ring of Fire, The Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Story. Derek is a native of Kingsport, Tenn., and is an alumnus of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. “My heart to Corrina and Aiden, without whom none of this would be possible.”