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Resident Actors

Rusty Allen

Rusty is honored to join Barter’s Resident Acting Company for the 2019 season! He proudly served as a Barter Player from 2016-2018, bringing the arts to thousands of young people across the Southeast in productions such as Alice in Wonderland (Cheshire Cat), Aesop’s Fables (Aesop), A Duck Called Ugly (Ugly), and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (Willy Wonka). His other Barter credits include: Great Expectations (Miss Havisham & Herbert Pocket), Sally McCoy (Cap Hatfield), Elf: The Musical (Charlie, Chadwick, etc.), and The Music Man (Mrs. Squires). Rusty is a native of Rochester, NY, holds a BA in Theatre with a second major in Communicative Disorders & Sciences from SUNY Geneseo, and has also worked as an actor and educator with Merry-Go-Round Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, and Seven Stages Shakespeare. Deepest gratitude to Rick, Katy, and the entire Barter family for their wonderful support, his biological family near and far, and especially to JLWH for teaching, inspiring, and loving him every single day. More at rusty-allen.com.

Mary Lucy Bivins

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.

Paris Bradstreet

Paris Bradstreet was born and raised in Danvers, Massachusetts. In preschool, when she was presented with the options of being either a Pilgrim or a Native American in the Thanksgiving pageant, Paris chose to dress as a turkey. After playing Peter Pan in third grade, Paris determined that she wanted to be an actor when she grew up.

She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College in upstate New York, and her Masters degree in Acting from California State University, Fullerton. After spending parts of the 2012 and 2013 seasons at Barter, Paris joined the resident acting company in 2014, overjoyed to have found an artistic home after working in regional theaters across the country for 20 years.

Favorite roles over her seven years here include Marge (The Bridges of Madison County), Elizabeth (Richard III), Mamma Murphy (Bright Star), Martha Watson (White Christmas), Emma (Over The River and Through The Woods), Mama Morton (Chicago), Vernadette (Dixie Swim Club), Rosie (Mamma Mia!), Carmen (Curtains), Witch (Big Fish), Bird Woman (Mary Poppins), Bonnie (Anything Goes), Eunice (A Streetcar Named Desire), and Mrs. Meekly (Unnecessary Farce).

Paris would never have made it here without the love, laughter and support of her amazing Mom and Dad, and she is so very grateful for the passion and commitment of the wonderful Barter family. THANK YOU for supporting live theatre!

Kim Morgan Dean

Kim Morgan Dean is overjoyed to be back for her second season in Barter’s resident company. Barter roles include: Kathy (Singin' in the Rain), Truvy (Steel Magnolias), Eve (Wooden Snowflakes), and Lady Anne et al (Richard III).Previously, Kim was a company member at Greenbrier Valley Theatre (GVT) in Lewisburg, West Virginia, where she also served as the associate artistic director. Favorite GVT roles include: Leading Player (Pippin), Gwendolyn (The Importance of Being Earnest), Velma Kelly (Chicago), Sally (Cabaret), Jo (Little Women), Chelsea (On Golden Pond), Maggie (Let It Snow) and Aldonza (Man of La Mancha). New York credits include: Have I Got A Girl For You at the NY Fringe Fest and Sevan Kaloustian Greene’s play Narrow Daylight at the New York Theatre Workshop, opposite Tony winners Victoria Clark and Randy Graff. Other credits: Janet in Yankee Tavern (Florida Stage); Lisa in Collected Stories at Mosaic Theatre (Carbonell Nomination, Best Supporting Actress); Ginny in Relatively Speaking; Rosalind in Moon Over Buffalo (Florida Rep); and Mrs. Farley in Playhouse Creatures (Women’s Theatre Project). She is the recipient of the 2008 and 2009 Carbonell Best Supporting Actress Award for her performances as Wren in Body of Water (Mosaic Theatre) and Mairead in GableStage’s production of The Lieutenant of Inishmore, respectively.

Hannah Ingram

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: A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche DuBois); Cabaret (Sally Bowles); 39 Steps (Annabella/Margaret/Pamela); Evita (Evita); Thicker Than Water (Andrea Yates); Man of La Mancha (Aldonza); as well as directing Barter Theatre’s 2015 production of Jacob Marley's Christmas Carol. NYC: From Paris to Main Street (World Premiere, Kraine Theatre); For A Good Time Call... (Duplex Cabaret Theatre); Island of the Blue Dolphins (Theatreworks USA). Regional: Walnut Street Theatre (Philadelphia, PA); Porthouse Theatre Company (Kent, OH); Allenberry Playhouse (Harrisburg, PA); A2 New Plays Festival (Ann Arbor, MI); Mohonk Mountain Stage (New Paltz, NY); Lakes Region Theatre (Meredith, NH). 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 Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from the prestigious University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. She has been a proud member of Actors’ Equity for over a decade. She is eternally grateful for her friends, her dog, her life, her Matt, and her incredible parents.

Zacchaeus Kimbrell

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 seven years, and has worked with many singers of all different genres of music. Visit www.zacchaeuskimbrell.com for more information! Follow @zjkimbrell on Twitter!‚Äč

Nick Koesters

Nick Koesters has been a professional actor since 1994, and a member of Actors’ Equity since 2002. Before joining the Resident Acting Company, he lived in Cleveland, Ohio performing in more than 60 productions. Some of his favorite roles include: Gao (The Other Shore), Toby (My Barking Dog) with Cleveland Public Theatre; Pseudolus (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum) with Porthouse Theatre; Timothy Egan (Singin’ on the Ohio) with the Cleveland Play House; Siegfried (Das Barbecü) with Lyric Opera Cleveland; Sam Peliczowski (Fully Committed), and Jean Francois Millet (Is He Dead?) with the Beck Center; Nathan (Night Bloomers) and Jesus (Virtual Devotion) with Dobama; Benedick (Much Ado About Nothing) with Cleveland Shakespeare; Ian (Blasted) with The Bang and The Clatter; Silvius (As You Like It), Fenton (The Merry Wives of Windsor) with The Great Lakes Theatre; and Dr. Radio Rooster (Inoculations) with Theatre Ninjas. In January of 2019, he performed the one-man show Side Effects May Include at SoHo Playhouse in New York City to raise money for the Michael J. Fox Foundation and increase awareness on the challenges of Parkinson’s disease.

Nick has been seen in Spike TV’s “Kill Point” and in the Emmy-nominated children’s show, “Ask Gilby” as Mr. Nick, the voice of Gilby, and the lead puppeteer. He co-produced and starred in the independent film, “Will Work for Food.”

Some of his favorite Barter roles include: Tom (Glass Menagerie), Bert (Mary Poppins), Whet/Whammy (I’ll Never Be Hungry Again), Trekkie/Nicky (Avenue Q), Alfred Doolittle (My Fair Lady), Prof. Harold Hill (The Music Man) and Bottom (Midsummer Night’s Dream).

He currently co-hosts Art Speaks heard at 1:00 PM Thursdays on 90.7 WEHC, a weekly radio show for The William King Museum of Art. He grew up in Weaverville, NC and now resides in Abingdon with his two muses; his wonderful and supportive wife, Carolyn, and their daughter, Calliope.

Carrie Smith Lewis

Carrie Smith Lewis first came to Barter in the fall of 2006, appearing inJaneEyreandMurderer. Since then, Carrie has worked at Barter in a number of capacities: actor, director, casting assistant, dialect coach, private acting instructor, and box office attendant. She is an associate member of the Resident Acting Company, as well as a two-year alumnus of The Barter Players. Favorite roles over the years include: M’Lynn (Steel Magnolias), Annie Sullivan (The Miracle Worker), Lena (The Dryad), Roxanne (The Understudy), Kamila (The Perfect Murder), Carrie Chapman Catt (Winter Wheat), Yvonne (The Gnome), and Debbie (The Doyle and Debbie Show). Carrie frequently serves as a text coach for the Shakespeare productions at the Barter. Her directing credits include Morning After Grace and The Road to Appomattox at Stage II and Macbeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Julius Caesar, and Cinderella for the Barter Players. Carrie received her Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from East Tennessee State University, and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Florida Atlantic University. She has worked regionally with the Texas Shakespeare Festival, Georgia Shakespeare, North Carolina Stage Company, Immediate Theatre Project, Hampstead Stage Company, and Rude Mechanicals Productions. She has also served on the faculties of East Tennessee State University and Emory & Henry University, where she recently directed an all-female production of Macbeth. She resides in Abingdon with her husband, fellow company member Justin Tyler Lewis, and their daughter Charlie.

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 Billy Cane (Bright Star), Sherlock Holmes (...And The American Problem), Sky (Mamma Mia!), Will Bloom (Big Fish), and Enjolras (Les Miserables). Justin lives in Abingdon, VA with his wife, fellow actor, director, and company member Carrie Lewis, and their daughter Charlie.

Sean Maximo Campos

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.

Andrew Hampton Livingston

Andrew Hampton Livingston loves working at Barter Theatre. Some favorite roles include: Richard (Richard III) Cosmo Brown (Singin' in the Rain) Jimmy Ray (Bright Star) Lysander (A Midsummer Nights Dream) Winston Smith (1984), Nick (Over the River and Through the Woods), Simon (Wooden Snowflakes) and The Tin Man (The Wizard of Oz). He also directed Lying in State and is the Resident Tap Choreographer at Barter. Andrew is so thankful for the loves of his life, Amanda, Clara, and Arthur.

Katherine Lyle

Katherine Lyle graduated from James Madison University in 2016 with a degree in Musical Theatre. Some of her favorite roles at Barter include: Amelia (Amelia Earhart); Rudolph (Rudolph); Jan Swaggart (Madame Buttermilk); and Biddy (Great Expectations). She’d like to thank her family for always supporting and encouraging her to follow her joy, and her horse, Belle, who is still too far away for snuggles.

Tricia Matthews

Tricia joined the Barter Resident Acting company in 2005. She also directs and is the Resident Acting Coach. Her Barter acting credits include Sally McCoy in the premiere of Sally McCoy, Eleanor in Lion in Winter, Donna in Mamma Mia!, Van Helsing in Dracula, Mother Superior in Sister Act, Amanda in The 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 Bridges of Madison County, Santaland Diaries, Chicago: The Musical, Woman in Black, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, Holiday Memories, Half a World Away (World Premiere), Dial M for Murder and Educating Rita.

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,Jimmy Buffet’s Don’t Stop the Carnival, and the southwest premiere of Nunsense Jamboree with Danny Goggin. She has played in The Cherry Orchard (Madame Ranevskaya), Hay Fever (Judith), The Crucible (Elizabeth), Menopause: The Musical (Soap Star), The New Yorkers (Alice), High Spirits (Elvira), Eccentricities of a Nightingale (Alma) 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 BA from CSUFullerton and an MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and is a two-time bone marrow donor.

Rick McVey

Rick McVey is proud to have been acting in Barter productions since 2003 and has been a full-time member of Barter Theatre’s Resident Acting Company since 2005. Some of his favorite roles here include: Todd (Friendly’s Fire), Doyle Mayfield (The Doyle & Debbie Show), Robert E. Lee (The Road to Appomattox), Javert (Les Misérables), Scrooge (A Christmas Carol 2011), George Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life),Harold (The Full Monty), and Kris Kringle (Miracle on 34th Street2008 & 2015).

Rick has now appeared in over 100 productions on Barter’s stages and appeared as the Boss in Barter’s 2009 national touring production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.

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, was the first play ever endorsed by the Virginia Education Association.

Prior to coming to Barter, Rick spent many years of his career in broadcasting and 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.

Rick is a graduate of East Tennessee State University and in 2010 was inducted into the ETSU Department of Communications Alumni Hall of Fame. A native of the region, Rick got his first exposure to live theater attending plays at Barter as an elementary school student in Damascus, Virginia. He and his wife Lola have three children with wonderful spouses and six grandchildren.

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 The University of Tennessee, 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.

Michael Poisson

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).