David Alford is a native Texan having grown up in the Dallas/Ft.Worth Metroplex. He is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Communications and a teaching certification in Theatre Arts and English. In addition to working in radio (KCBI in Dallas and KNLE in Austin) and television (KSAT 12, an ABC affiliate in San Antonio), David became steadily involved in theatre while in San Antonio, Texas where, over the course of twelve years, he worked at numerous theatres including The Playhouse at San Pedro, The Sheldon Vexler Theatre, The Cameo Theatre and the Cellar Theatre. In addition to acting, David began working with multiple student performance groups providing theatre education to children of all ages. David moved with his family to Abingdon in 2008 so his wife could begin her practice at Johnston Memorial Hospital. He soon began work with Barter's education wing which he later reshaped into the Barter Youth Academy where he currently serves as the Artistic Director. David has also been working with the resident acting company over the past five seasons enjoying roles such as Boolie Werthan (Driving Miss Daisy), General Howell (Kiss Me Kate), Christopher Belling (Curtains), Victor Fleming (Don’t Cry for Me Margaret Mitchell), Kyle The UPS Guy (Legally Blonde) and Governor Fred (Lying in State).
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.
Born and raised in Danvers, Massachusetts, when she was presented with the options of being either a Pilgrim or a Native American in her preschool Thanksgiving pageant, Paris chose to dress as a turkey. After she played Peter Pan in third grade, Paris determined that she wanted to be an actor when she grew up, and her wonderful parents supported her with love and laughter every step of the way.
She got 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. Paris joined the resident acting company in 2014 having spent parts of the previous two seasons with Barter, glad to find a home after working in regional theaters across the country over the past 20 years.
Favorite roles over the past five years here include Mrs. Meekly (Unnecessary Farce), Eunice (A Streetcar Named Desire), Bonnie (Anything Goes), the Bird Woman (Mary Poppins), the Witch (Big Fish), Carmen (Curtains), Judge Harper (Miracle on 34th Street), Rosie (Mamma Mia!), Vernadette (Dixie Swim Club), Mama Morton (Chicago), and Emma (Over The River and Through The Woods).
Paris sends heaping bushel baskets of love home to her fantastic folks, 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!”
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.
Jenna is excited to be a part of Barter Theatre this year. Recent credits at Barter Theatre include: Helena in "A Midsummer Night’s Dream,"Urleen in "Footloose," and Hunyak in "Chicago." Regional credits include: Ruth in "Wonderful Town" and Kaye in "The Taffetas." She earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington. Originally from Colorado, she enjoys hiking, snowboarding and bike riding. She thanks her mom, dad, brother and Joe for their endless support. Thank you to her IWU family and to The Barter Players.
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 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!
Nick Koesters has been a professional actor since 1994, and a member of Actor’s 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.
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.” He spent eight years as part of a traveling educational theatre troupe, educating over a 250,000 children on issues ranging from healthy lifestyle habits, nutrition, conflict resolution, HIV/AIDS, to communication skills. He has also helped doctors and health professionals improve their communication techniques and bedside manner.
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"), 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.
Sarah Laughland is proud to be entering another year as a member of Barter’s Resident Acting Company. Hailing from Frederick, Maryland, she began at Barter in the summer of 2014 as a Barter Player, working alongside the bravest folks she knows. Favorite credits at Barter include: Ariel in Footloose, Roxie in Chicago, Helen Keller in The Miracle Worker, and Suzy in The Marvelous Wonderettes. Sarah has previously performed for the Texas Shakespeare Festival in Kilgore; Dollywood Entertainment in Sevierville, Tenn.; Huron Playhouse in Huron, Ohio; Flying V of Washington D.C.
Offstage, besides enjoying warm beverages and reading, her art has led her to become a photographer and choreographer. She began a blog in 2016 entitled Abingdon: Meet the Locals, shining the spotlight on local farmers and craftsman through interviews and photographic stories.
She’s a graduate of Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Penn. with a BA in Musical Theatre. She sends love to both her Barter and biological family. You can check out her photography work and blog at sarahlaughlandphotography.com, and on Instagram @sasslaffy.
Josh Levinson is over-the-moon ecstatic to be joining the Resident Acting Company here at Barter Theatre! Previous Barter credits include: Mary Poppins, Curtains, and The Three Musketeers. Other favorite regional credits include: Beef & Boards Dinner Theatre, Mason Street Warehouse, Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and the Minnesota and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. A Minnesota-native, Josh graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Theatre. For more information on Josh’s acting career, please visit www.jlevinson.net, or instagram/twitter: @jlevlev.
Outside of performing, Josh loves hiking, yoga, and laughing. Josh is also a professional photographer; he is hired to photograph for so many facets of life, and boy does he love capturing it all! For information on Josh’s photography, visit www.jklphoto.net, or instagram: @jkl_photo!
Carrie Smith Lewis
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 Bachelor of Arts in Theatre from East Tennessee State University, and an Master of Fine Arts 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.
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 U.S. 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 Misérables. Justin also hosts Barter’s weekly radio show and podcast "Theatre Matters."
Andrew Hampton Livingston
Andrew Hampton Livingston's 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.
Tricia Matthews joined the Barter Resident Acting company in 2005 and is the Resident Acting Coach. Her Barter acting credits include Donna in Mamma Mia!, Eleanor in Lion in Winter, Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Van Helsing in Dracula, Mrs. Walker in Tommy, Amanda in Glass Menagerie, 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: Chicago, 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 Woukand 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.
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 & 2015). 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.
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.
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 when he was an elementary school student in Damascus, Virginia. He and his wife Lola have three children and five grandchildren.
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 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).
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."
Joe 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.