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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
Sean Campos
Parris Cromer
Abbey C. Elliott
Hannah Ingram
Zacchaeus Kimbrell
Nick Koesters
Justin Tyler Lewis
Andrew Hampton Livingston
Tricia Matthews
Rick McVey
Nicholas Piper
Wendy Piper
Michael Poisson
Carrie Smith
Chelsey Storteboom
Holly Williams
Eugene Wolf

David Alford was most recently seen as Marquis St. Evrémonde and others in Richard Rose’s adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities and last summer’s Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Monsieur d’Arque). Regional credits include: Bob Cratchit (Scrooge!), Hap (Death of a Salesman), Orpheus (Metamorphoses), Lt. Pittman (Titanic), Harry (Brilliant Traces), Rev. Hale (The Crucible), Gremio (Taming of the Shrew) and Joe (Damn Yankees). A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, David has a certification in theatre arts for secondary education and serves as the artistic director for Barter’s Youth Academy.

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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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Sean Campos is happy to be back home after Barter Theatre’s 2009 national tour of Of Mice and Men (Whit). A native of Florida, Sean has been seen performing for professional companies throughout the Southeast. Barter audiences may remember him in various productions such as The Fantasticks (El Gallo), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere), Othello (Cassio), Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks (Michael) and Doubting Thomas (Thomas). Other credits include Cats (The Rum Tum Tugger), Chicago (Mary Sunshine), Proof (Hal) and I Love You, You’re Perfect…(Man 2).

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Parris Cromer recently graduated from American Musical and Dramatic Academy and is honored to make her regional theatre debut. Originally from Washington, D.C., where she’s had the opportunities to sing for President Bush and mezzo soprano Denise Graves to and perform at the Kennedy Center and Constitution Hall. She was awarded the Robert J, Prindle and Doris P. Prindle Memorial Award and the Lauren M. Becker Memorial Award in creative arts. Favorite credits: Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors), Spat Palazzo (Sugar), Acid Queen (Tommy) and Serena (Porgy and Bess). Special thanks go to her family and niece Ee’lon for all their love and support.

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Abbey C. Elliott is thrilled to be a member of Barter’s Resident Acting Company.  Favorite Barter productions include: Cabaret (Fritzie Kost), Dracula Bites (Joyce Fickle), Avenue Q (Lucy T. Slut), A Christmas Story (Esther Jane) and Tarzan.   A musical theatre graduate from Millikin University, Abbey has studied dance at the Debbie Reynolds Studio in Los Angeles, Gus Giordano Dance School in Chicago, and Steps on Broadway in New York City. After graduating, Abbey performed for Stiletto Entertainment, and sang and danced her way around the world in spectacular musical revues with Holland America Cruise Line. Regional credits include A Chorus Line (Directed by KD Smith), Promises, Promises (Stages St. Louis); Crazy For You  (Little Theatre on the Square); Hairspray (Little Theatre on the Square); Mack & Mabel (Surflight Theatre) and Follies starring Joan Roberts and Ann B. Davis.  Abbey is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

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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 Zacchaeus 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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Justin Tyler Lewis 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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Andrew Hampton Livingston Andrew Hampton Livingston was last seen at Barter in The Foreigner and Heaven Sent (2009). Since then, Andrew has performed regionally with Mill Mountain Theatre, Flat Rock Playhouse, NC Stage, Immediate Theatre Project, in New York at La Mama ETC, and in Chicago with Theatre Y, Chicago Shakespeare, Court Theatre, and Organic Theatre. He has an MFA in Acting from Northern Illinois University and BFA in Music Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. He and his wife Amanda are thrilled to be joining the Barter family.

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Tricia Matthews Tricia joined Barter’s Resident Acting Company in 2005 and became the resident acting coach in 2008. Among her Barter acting credits are Eleanor in Lion in Winter, Arlene in Baby, Van Helsing in Dracula, Mrs. Walker in The Who’s Tommy, Goneril in Lear, The Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz (2009), Mrs. Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Mrs. Potts in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Martha in the world premiere of October Before I Was Born, Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie, Ann in the US premiere of I Do, I Do, I Do and the one-woman show The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead. As a director, Tricia helmed The Woman in Black, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, Wooden Snowflakes, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, The Sunset Limited, Half a World Away(World Premiere), Dial “M” for Murder, Educating Rita, The Whipping Man and The Littlest Angel and A Year With Frog and Toad for The Barter Players.

Before coming to 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 Dan Goggin. She was seen as Mrs. Tarleton in Misalliance at Centre Stage, as Meg in Damn Yankees at Arkansas Rep, as Soap Star in Menopause: The Musical, as Alice in The New Yorkers and Elvira in High Spirits at Seaside Music Theatre, performed at South Coast Rep, Asolo Theatre, Florida Stage, Florida Studio, Stage One, American Stage, New Theatre, Mark II, Royal Palm, Beef & Boards, Mill Mountain, Surflight, played Essie in Ah, Wilderness! at Connecticut Rep, Madame Ranevskaya in The Cherry Orchard, Judith in Hay Fever and Elizabeth in The Crucible at the Asolo Conservatory Theatre, and Alma in Eccentricities of a Nightingale at Pirate Playhouse.

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 BA from CSUFullerton and an MFA in acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory.

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Rick McVey Rick 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 Robert E. Lee in The Road to Appomattox, Javert in Les Miserables, 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 over 65 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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Wendy Piper is overjoyed to be returning as a member of Barter’s Resident Acting Company after two years away to have her precious Lucy. Favorite Barter roles include Connie (The Controversial Rescue of Fatty the Pig), Carol (Another Night Before Christmas), Dogberry (Much Ado About Nothing), Wanda (Long Shadow) and Bernice (Don’t Hug Me). In addition to acting at Barter, Wendy has also been an acting coach and teacher for Barter’s education program for the past six years. She just completed an Artist-in-Residency at Abingdon High School, funded by the VCA and Barter Theatre.

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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 over 40 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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Carrie Smith Carrie Smith 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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Chelsey Storteboom Chelsey Storteboom is thrilled to be part of Barter’s Resident Acting Company! She is originally from Vancouver, Canada, where she was a dancer for The Source Dance Company, as well as a dancer/choreographer for Rococo Cabaret. Chelsey then moved to New York City to study musical theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy. Upon graduation, she was asked to join The Community Dance Project, followed by a contract with Regent Seven Seas Cruises. Chelsey would like to thank her mother for her unconditional support, as well as her new Barter family!

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Holly Williams Once upon a time, Holly was living in New York City, going to daily auditions, and working three jobs.  At the end of the day she would exclaim, “I just want to make my living doing plays all the time!” Little did she know her dream would come when she was asked to join Barter’s Resident Acting Company in 2011. Prior to moving to NYC, Holly earned an A.A. in Musical Theatre from Florida School of the Arts and a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The University of Miami (Go Canes!). Regional credits include: Alhambra Dinner Theatre (FL), Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre (FL), Weathervane Playhouse (OH), Dollywood Entertainment (TN), Dutch Apple Dinner Theatre (PA), Heritage Theatre Festival (VA), Music of Denali Dinner Theatre (AK), and several readings, workshops and cabarets in New York City.  To learn more, please visit www.holly-williams.com

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Eugene Wolf is happy to be back on the Barter Stage. He has appeared at Barter as Presidents Richard Nixon (Nixon’s Nixon) and Woodrow Wilson (The Second Mrs. Wilson), mystical songman A. P. Carter (Keep on the Sunny Side), Dickens thief Fagin (Oliver!), Randle McMurphy (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest), poisonous Iago (Othello) and Willy Loman (Death of a Salesman). Films: Freedom,Box of Moonlight, Civil War Stories and The Curse. Television: Will the Circle Be Unbroken–PBS and Lost Highways–BBC. Eugene has served as musical arranger on a number of Barter musicals and has recorded with the Brother Boys for Sugar Hill Records. It’s a good life.

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Directors & Designers

Richard Rose
Amanda Aldridge
Megan Atkinson
Katy Brown
Camille Davis
Nicholas Piper
Miles Polaski
Derek Smith
Richard Rose

Richard Rose (Producing Artistic Director) Serving in his twenty-first season as only the third artistic director in Barter’s illustrious 81-year history, Rick has quadrupled Barter’s annual attendance. Barter’s audiences know Rick's work well. 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, and, of course, A Modern Christmas Carol, which will grace Barter’s stage again in 2014. Triumphs as a director from 2013 include Les Misérables, Thicker Than Water and Ghost in the Meadow.

Rick has served on many of state and regional non-profit boards and currently serves on the Tourism Committee for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Rick did post-graduate work at New York University, has a MFA from the University of California, Davis, and BA from St. Norbert College, DePere, Wisconsin, where he was honored with a “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.

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.

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.

Miles Polaski

Miles Polaski Miles Polaski is the resident sound designer at The Barter Theatre in Abingdon, VA. Miles has worked as a freelance designer, composer, musician and DJ in Chicago, where he was a resident designer with 2nd Story and Collaboraction. He has been nominated for many awards and citations, and in 2010 he received a Joseph Jefferson Award for his design of Red Tape's Mouse in a Jar. Miles has had the pleasure of working on many shows with Chicago's best theatre companies including Chicago Dramatists, Steppenwolf, The Goodman and Fox Valley Rep. Before moving to Chicago, Miles was a member of the Barter Players. He is thrilled to be back in Appalachia working along side Barter's many talented artists.

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.

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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

Associate Director of Advancement
276.619.3303
advancement@bartertheatre.com

Lauren Musick

Advancement Officer — Foundation Giving
276.619.3314
grants@bartertheatre.com

Ryan Roorda

Advancement Officer – Donor Relations and Events
276.619.3394
donorrelations@bartertheatre.com

Allison Woods

Advancement  Associate
276.619.3315
advancementassoc@bartertheatre.com

Amanda Leslie Livingston

Director of Marketing
276.619.3342
dirofmarketing@bartertheatre.com

Christine Webb

Associate Director of Marketing
276.619.3343
communication@bartertheatre.com

Nathan Wampler

Creative Specialist
276.619.3311
creative@bartertheatre.com

John M. Bray

Videographer/Editor
276.619.3771
video@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

David Alford

Director of the 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, Project REAL
education2@bartertheatre.com

Amber Bird

Director of Sales & Services
276.619.3383
boxoffice@bartertheatre.com

Krista Guffey

Group Sales Manager
276.619.5406
groups@bartertheatre.com

Melissa Plowman

Assistant Sales Manager
276.628.3991
assistsalesmanager@bartertheatre.com

Nikki Snidow

Group Sales Representative
276.619.5406
groupsales@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

Brittany Lutzo

Gift Shop Retail Associate
276.619.5407
giftshop@bartertheatre.com

Carrie Louthen

Bob's at Barter Manager
276.619.5462
bobsatbarter@bartertheatre.com

Camille Davis

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

Lee Harris

Resident Music Director
276.619.3328
music@bartertheatre.com

Amanda Aldridge

Resident Costume Designer & Choreographer
276.619.3306
costumes@bartertheatre.com

Derek Smith

Resident Scenic Designer
276.619.3295
resdesign@bartertheatre.com

Helen Stratakes

Properties Master
276.619.3324
props@bartertheatre.com

Adrienne Webber

Costume Shop Manager
276.619.3306
costumesmgr@bartertheatre.com

Mitchell L. Critel

Technical Director
276.619.3307
sceneshop@bartertheatre.com

Miles Polaski

Sound Designer & Engineer
276.619.3329
sound@bartertheatre.com

Andrew Morehouse

Master Electrician
276.619.3330

Cindi A. Raebel

Production Stage Manager
stagemgt@bartertheatre.com
276.619.3321

John "JP" Pollard

Stage Manager
stagemgt@bartertheatre.com
276.619.3321

Stephen Vess

Assistant Stage Manager
276.619.3321
stagemgt@bartertheatre.com

Katy Brown

Artistic Director — The Barter Players
276.619.3327

Tere Land

The Barter Players' Tour Coordinator
276.619.3347
playertours@bartertheatre.com

Sara Douglas

Barter Players Stage Manager
playersm@bartertheatre.com

David Alford

Director of the Barter Youth Academy
276.619.3344
byadirector@bartertheatre.com

Dianne Bisig

BYA Administrative Assistant and Grant Writer
276.619.3344
youthacademy@bartertheatre.com

Carolyn Koesters

Director of Outreach
276.206.0503
byaoutreach@bartertheatre.com

Megan Atkinson

Director of Project REAL.
276.698.4765
education@bartertheatre.com

Ryan Henderson

Artist-In-Residence
education2@bartertheatre.com

Kristy Bissell

Artist-in-Residence

Amanda Nifong

Project REAL Intern

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

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

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

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.

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 Alumni

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

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 Bob's at Barter. If you are seeing a show at Barter Stage II, please pick up your tickets at the Stage II Box Office.

Box Office Hours
Mon—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 Bob's at Barter?

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

Because of the high volume of requests we receive, we ask that you adhere to the following guidelines:

  • All requests must be submitted in writing on official organization letterhead.
  • All requests must be received at least six weeks in advance of the event date.
  • We do not accept requests for subscriptions or cash donations and generic fundraising requests.
  • Please describe the type of event and the beneficiary.
  • Please include the name, address and phone number of the contact person for the organization.
  • Requests are reviewed and responded to by mail only. This process can take up to six weeks. No phone calls, please.
  • If approved, you will receive your voucher at least two weeks before your event.

Requests may be mailed to: Amber Bird, Barter Theatre,
PO Box 867, Abingdon, VA 24212


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

Advance Reservations are Recommended.

Tickets may be purchased at the door if available.

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 $2.00 is added to each ticket. The money raised through the Preservation Fee is used specifically to improve Historic Barter Theatre and Stage II for the comfort and enjoyment of our patrons.

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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) - $16 tickets, as available 15 minutes prior to any show. Senior & AAA discounts - $2 off the normal ticket price for any performance. Military discount - $5 off the normal ticket price for any performance. Multiple Discounts are not allowed. 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 e-mail groups@bartertheatre.com

Restrictions:
The operation of cameras, video cassette recorders and other recording devices is strictly prohibited during all performances at Barter Theatre and Barter Stage II. Children under five not admitted, except to The Barter Players’ and other certain productions. No babes in arms.

Smoking policy:
Barter Theatre and Barter Stage II are smoke-free buildings. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the buildings. Airflow of the theatre is designed so that any smoking that may be necessary on stage is immediately filtered out of the building and is not recycled into the air of the auditorium. Smoking by actors may be appropriate for the accurate portrayal of individual characters or the truthful telling of the story and is not intended to be construed as approval or glorification of the behavior of smoking.

Late Seating Policy:
For the convenience of patrons who arrived on time and for the safety of those arriving late, latecomers will be seated in the balcony, if seats are available, at an appropriate interval at the discretion of the House Manager.

Hear Every Word:
Free FM Phonic headphones are available on request for the hearing impaired patrons at the Gift Shop.

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.

Barter Theatre Insider

Take a deeper look at these select Barter Theatre shows Click on a show title below to be taken to more info about that show.

Theatre Matters

Join us for this unique series—a free and casual discussion for select plays and performances led by Barter staff and community organizations.

The Dryad: An Appalachian Tale: Our Partner: American Chestnut Foundation; Performance Dates and Times with Theatre Matters: March 8 at 2pm; March 9 at 7pm; March 13 7:30pm; March 18 at 7:30pm; April 10 7:30pm.

The Whipping Man: Our Partner: TBA; Performance dates and times with Theatre Matters: August 29 at 8pm; August 30 at 2pm and 8pm; August 31 at 7pm; September 2 at 7:30pm; September 18 at 7:30.

The Starving: Our Partner: Appalachian Sustainable Development; For The Starving, we are conducting at Theatre Matters with every performance except the final performance on November 15.

Opportunities at Barter Theatre

Auditions

Barter Theatre holds local auditions each year in mid-December for casting in the next season. Full information about the roles we are seeking, what to prepare and how to sign up will appear here in late October/early November.

Barter is also in attendance at UPTA, Washington DC Liaison Auditions, and other regional auditions on an annual basis. We hold New York calls each year, as well, through Paul Russell Casting.

For questions regarding casting, please contact Katy Brown, Associate Artistic Director, at barterplayers@bartertheatre.com

 

Currently Available Positions

Here at Barter Theatre we believe in employing passionate and hardworking people.
Do you fit that description? If yes, we may have just the position for you! We were founded in 1933 and are a full-time, year round AEA resident repertory company of theatre artists and a founding member of the League of Resident Theatres (LORT).

Barter Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Carpenter

Summary of the Job:

  • This employee is responsible for the safe construction, installation, and removal of scenery as outlined by the Technical Director and /or Assistant Technical Director.  The carpenter has demonstrated a sufficient level of competency in the application of all of the tools, materials, and methods used in the making and operation of safe and effective scenic elements for live theatre, in addition to motivation to participate in a fast paced artistic environment.

Essential Functions:

  • Build scenery safely and efficiently
  • Rig scenery safely and efficiently
  • Report safety and staff issues to supervisor
  • Must attend all strike and load in work calls, unless excused by the Technical Director
  • Must wear all safety equipment required for a given task
  • Job may require heavy lifting, ladder work, and long hours

Additional Functions:

  • Additional functions as assigned by the Technical Director and/or the Assistant Technical Director

Required Education/Experience:

  • Formal or advanced training in carpentry or technical production.

Necessary Skills:

  • Knowledge of all aspects of carpentry (framing, trim, etc.)
  • Knowledge of the basic aspects of welding and metal fabrication techniques
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic aspects of stage rigging.
  • Knowledge and proficiency of all hand and power tools in the scene shop and theatre
  • The ability to work independently
  • A self motivator with the ability to motivate others
  • Ability to read and use a tape measure
  • Ability to read designer plates
  • The willingness to do a project correctly, and guide others to do so

Email Caspar Eichin, Technical Director, at sceneshop@bartertheatre.com.

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.                                                                                                                 

 


Apprenticeships and Internships

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

Technical Internships: Camille Davis dirofproduction@bartertheatre.com

Marketing Internships: Amanda Leslie 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: Allison Woods, Advancement Associate, 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 2015. Click here for more information on the AFPP.

  • Plays must be written by an Appalachian playwright (currently living in the Appalachian Mountains which, for our purposes, run from New York to Alabama) OR the plays must be set in the Appalachian region.
  • Plays must be unpublished and must not have had a full professional production.
  • Full length plays are preferred.

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:

  • Letter of inquiry
  • Synopsis
  • List of characters
  • First 10 pages of sample dialogue
  • SASE
  • If musical, please include a sample CD of three songs

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:

  • Letter of inquiry
  • Synopsis
  • List of characters
  • First 10 pages of sample dialogue
  • SASE
  • If musical, please include a sample CD of three songs

Submissions may be emailed to dramaturge@bartertheatre.com

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

Press Room

Documents & Links

Barter Theatre History PDF
Famous Alumni
Richard Rose

Photographs

Please use these photographs of Barter Theatre as needed.

Barter Theatre (spring)
Barter Theatre (night)
Barter Theatre (fall)

Advertising with Barter

Barter Theatre sells advertising in both our Season Brochures and our Patron Programs.

Hundreds of thousands of Season Brochures are distributed each year to our patrons and around the region.  A Patron Program is given to each of the 160,000 members of our audience that come through our doors each year.

This may be just the place to advertise your business or organization! Contact Barter's Marketing Department for more information.

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Press Releases

For Immediate Release

May 2, 2014

 

Barter is Going BIG with "The Wizard of Oz"

 

There’s no place like home, unless that place is Barter Theatre! This summer, Barter presents the gorgeously eye-popping musical “The Wizard of Oz.” The magic begins May 17 on Barter’s Main Stage.

 

Barter is pulling out all the stops, creating fabulous special effects that bring the story to life, from the residents of Munchkinland to flying witches and monkeys, the tornado that transports Dorothy to Oz, and a Wicked Witch who “melts” before your eyes.

 

“’Oz’ is a fantasy dream and as a result of that there are a lot of special effects and wonderful spectacle that happens,” explains Director Richard Rose. “The magic and fantasy of this story will be absolutely eye-popping.”

 

The 75th anniversary of the movie makes this an extremely special event. “There are a couple of things that make this Oz unique, aside from being a professional production and the attention to detail,” said Rose. “Namely, this cast is by far the best cast I’ve seen do Oz, ever, anywhere. They dance, sing and have a wonderful ability to create memorable characters and tell the story. I know this production will go down in the history books at Barter.”

 

Not only is Barter preparing to venture to Oz, but the whole town of Abingdon is getting in on the fun in a town-wide summer celebration. Visitors can expect to meet Oz as soon as they get out of their car, with Oz photo-ops on Barter Square. Main Stage that has been turned in to Emerald City, and Oz-themed products in local businesses, including Babycakes Cupcakery’s Ruby Red Slipper Cupcakes, Figaredo’s Emerald Pizzas and Bonefire’s We’re Not in Kansas Anymore Barbeque. A complete list of participating businesses is available at bartertheatre.com.

 

Back at Barter, over 80 people (actors, designers, production artists and crew members) have been working months to guarantee audiences go on an unforgettable musical adventure on their way to see the great and powerful wizard.  

 

Kristy Bissell has been cast to play Dorothy Gale. Formerly a Barter Player, Bissell has been with Barter Theatre for the past few years, and this is her first starring role in a main stage production. “Kristy has a voice simply to die for,” according to Rose.

 

Barter audience favorite Sean Campos will portray the Scarecrow, joined by new members of Barter’s Resident Acting Company, Andrew Hampton Livingston as the Tinman and Zacchaeus Kimbrell as the Cowardly Lion.

 

Kimbrell joined Barter in summer 2013, lending his amazing voice to musicals like “Les Misérables” and “Kiss Me, Kate,” and then entertaining audiences as one of the “kids” in “A Christmas Story” last December. Livingston is the newest member of Barter’s Resident Acting Company, appearing this spring as the jilted fiancé Jamie in “I Do, I Do, I Do.”  Livingston is a tap dancer, and his tapping Tinman will be the first time audiences have seen tap on Barter’s stage since 2006. 

 

Company member Hannah Ingram gets to revel in being a villain, as she takes on the dual roles of the mean Miss Gulch and the even meaner Wicked Witch of the West, in all her green glory.

 

In total, there will be twenty-five actors on stage, and a little dog, too! Kona Kringla will play Toto.  She is a spirited Jack Chi brindle and was adopted from the Washington County Animal Shelter in TN. Kona is proudly represented by her owners and trainers, the Bubar family.

 

Families should to check out the Oz Family Package for the best value.  With the purchase of any two full-priced adult tickets, get two or more youth tickets for just $18.  Plus, each youth will receive a $5 voucher towards any Oz merchandise in the Barter gift shop!

 

“The Wizard of Oz” is made possible by corporate sponsors Johnston Memorial Hospital and BB&T and media sponsors Bristol Herald Courier, Lamar Advertising, VIP Seen Magazine and WCYB Channel 5.

 

“The Wizard of Oz” begins previews on May 17. For tickets and more information visit BarterTheatre.com or call 276.628.3991.