Directors & Designers
Producing Artistic Director/Director
Richard Rose is the second-longest serving artistic director in Barter’s history, celebrating his 26th year here at Barter Theatre. He is only the third artistic director in the historic theatre’s 85-year history. Rick has led Barter to unprecedented growth in attendance and the expansion of programs serving the region in culture, education, economic development, and community building. Barter’s audiences know Rick’s work well as a director and an adapter. His original adaptations of plays have been extremely popular and include: It’s A Wonderful Life, A Christmas Carol, Dracula!, Frankenstein (acknowledged as one of the best new regional theatre plays of the year), A Modern Christmas Carol and the wildly popular Sherlock Holmes & the Hound of the Baskervilles. Last season, Rick directed Barter’s wildly successful production of White Christmas, along with The Music Man, The Cottage, Friendly’s Fire, Uncanny Valley, and Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks. He has directed 136 productions during his tenure thus far at Barter. Rick has served on many state and regional boards including currently on the board of Virginians for the Arts. Rick did post-graduate work at New York University, has a Master of Fine Arts from the University of California, Davis, and a Bachelor of Arts from St. Norbert College in DePere, WI, where he was honored with the “Distinguished Achievement Award in Humanities.” Rick was also one of the first-ever recipients of the Town of Abingdon’s Arthur Campbell Award for extraordinary contributions to this community.
Resident Choreographer/Costume Designer
Amanda Aldridge is now in her 26th year at Barter Theatre. It is a joy for Amanda to be able to combine her two passions of choreography and design. Her work at Barter includes more than 175 productions. Amanda has choreographed and designed White Christmas, Chicago, Big Fish, Curtains, Marvelous Wonderettes, Anything Goes, The Wizard of Oz, Man of La Mancha, Les Misérables, Cabaret, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Evita, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Singin’ in the Rain, and Gypsy. Among Amanda’s choreography credits at Barter are: Footloose, Mamma Mia!, Mary Poppins, Kiss Me Kate, Zombie Prom, Nine to Five, The Full Monty and The Who’s Tommy. Other Barter costume designs include: The Cottage, Dracula!, Phantom, 1776, and Keep on the Sunnyside. Previously, Amanda studied in NYC and worked as resident costume designer and choreographer at the American Stage Festival in New Hampshire and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Massachusetts.
Resident Sound Designer & Engineer
Tony Angelini has designed with some of the best companies in the United States, including The Kennedy Center, Signature Theatre, Ford’s Theatre, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, the San Diego Rep, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Florida Studio Theatre. In New York, he has worked with Hip Pocket Productions, Turtle She’ll Productions, O Productions, and The Manhattan Arts Institute. Tony is also the resident sound designer for The Andrew Keegan Theatre Company, has contributed articles to Pro-Audio Review magazine, and has two albums available on iTunes. He is a member of The Dramatist Guild and USA Local 829.
Associate Artistic Director, Artistic Director of The Barter Players
Katy Brown is an Associate Artistic Director of Barter Theatre and is pleased to be in her eighteenth year at the theatre. She has directed more than 90 professional productions, including: The Three Musketeers, Peter and the Starcatcher, Mary’s Wedding, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Miracle Worker, Little Women, The 39 Steps, Hamlet, Othello, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Anne of Green Gables, Doubting Thomas, The Road to Appomattox, The Fantasticks, Holiday Memories, The Foreigner, Romeo and Juliet, A Thousand Cranes, Violet, as well as Barter’s national tour of Of Mice and Men. Katy also heads casting for Barter Theatre and is the artistic director of both The Barter Players and The Barter Players Encore Company. Katy is incredibly proud of Players past and present, out there working daily to ask more of themselves than is reasonable in order to serve others.
Resident Choreographer, Dance Captain & Costume Designer
Ashley Campos is honored to be back with the talented community at Barter! She has worked with the company both onstage and behind the scenes since 2006. She is grateful for the support from Rick, Amanda, Alice, and Lee, and nothing would be possible without her wonderful family, Sean and Maxi.
Associate Director/Director of Production
Camille Davis has the privilege of acting as an associate artistic director and director of production for Barter Theatre. She has spent more than 25 years as a production manager, technical director, lighting designer and occasional scenic designer in theatres stretching from Kentucky to New York City to Sag Harbor on Long Island. Some favorite lighting designs at Barter include: Looking Over the President’s Shoulder, The Glass Menagerie, The Dryad: An Appalachian Tale, Holiday Memories, Mary’s Wedding and A Streetcar Named Desire. Camille holds a Bachelor of Arts from Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, and a Master of Fine Arts from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Megan Atkinson Hamilton
Director of Education and Founder & Director of Project REAL
Megan Atkinson Hamilton received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Performance from Columbus State University and a masters in Liberal Studies from East Tennessee State University. Megan has also studied at the Institute of Movement in Manhattan, Michael Chekov Studio, Gas and Electric Arts Company. Her career as a theatre artist began as a Barter Player in 2006, after which she moved to the Boston, MA area, where she worked for multiple theatre companies as an actor and director. Those companies included Shakespeare Now!, Shakespeare in the Valley, Boston Actors Theatre, Company One, 11:11 Theatre Company, Zeitgeist Theatre, Hampstead Stage, and the Longwood Players. Before leaving Boston in 2011 to return to Abingdon, she worked with the Cambridge Council for the Arts using theatre techniques to help solve problems with the local transit system. She also worked with an organization that used theatre to work on self image with a group of young at-risk girls. Megan is very excited to now be using theatre to help educate the future of America in local schools.
Resident Musical Director
Lee Harris is so grateful to be back at Barter Theatre for his sixth year as resident musical director. Barter Theatre productions:Harry Chapin: Remember When The Music; Love Always...Patsy Cline; I’ll Never Be Hungry Again; Les Misérables; Kiss Me, Kate; Man of La Mancha; The Wizard of Oz; My Fair Lady; Holiday Memories; A Christmas Carol; Anything Goes; Mary Poppins; Curtains; Miracle on34th Street; Big Fish; Mamma Mia!; Chicago; Footloose;The Music Man & White Christmas.National tours: Little Women; Altar Boyz; Bye, Bye Birdie; Civil War Voices; Forever Plaid; Miracle on34th Street,as well as five years withThe Radio City Christmas SpectacularfeaturingThe Radio City Rockettes. Regional Theatre:The Who’s Tommy; The Light in the Piazza; Cinderella; The Wild Party(Lippa & LaChiusa);The Sound of Music; Annie; The Music Man; Hairspray.Many thanks to Rick Rose for his continued support. “All my love to my family back in Tennessee and Texas.”
Howard Tsvi Kaplan
Howard TsviKaplan completed his 20th season as Resident Costume Designer for The Sarasota Opera in Sarasota, Florida. Recent endeavors include: Le Comte Ory for Des Moine Metro Opera; The Pearl Fishers and The Consul for FGO; Man of La Mancha for the Olney Theatre (nominated for a Helen Hayes Award); The Three Musketeers and Mary Poppins for Barter Theatre; productions for Malabar Limited, Pittsburgh Public, Baltimore Opera, Kentucky Opera, and the world premiere of Snapshots, music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Virginia Stage Company). Howard was the resident designer for the Alley Theatre where he designed more than 25 productions including the American premiere of ...Henceforward, and the Asolo Theatre, where he created the costumes for the world premiere of Horton Foote’s Talking Pictures. For 12 years Howard designed for Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey Clown College. More information about his work can be seen on his website www.HowardTsviKaplan.webs.com.
Resident Scene Designer
Hana Lee hails from North Texas, went to school at the University of Oklahoma where she earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre. She has worked in Wichita, Kansas and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, before she found herself in Abingdon, Virginia in 2013 working as the Assistant Scenic Artist at Barter. This is her fifth season at Barter and her third season as a Scenic Designer. She is thrilled to be adding her art and talent to the community. Some of her favorite shows include: Mary's Wedding, Winter Wheat and Million Dollar Quartet. She would like to thank her Mom and Dad for always supporting her no matter where her passion leads her.
Lee Alexander Martin
Associate Resident Costume Designer
Lee Alexander Martin is excited to be designing costumes at Barter Theatre. Recently Lee has designed costumes for Million Dollar Quartet, Footloose, Love Sex and The IRS, The Starving, Hollywood Confidential, Driving Miss Daisy, The Understudy, The Doyle and Debbie Show, 1984, Winter Wheat, Peter James’ The Perfect Murder, Over the River and Through the Woods, and Uncanny Valley, as well as co-designing costumes for Peter and The Star Catcher and Something Wicked This Way Comes beside Amanda Aldridge at Barter. Lee also designed costumes for The Barter Players’ productions of Frosty in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Lee has previously worked for The Virginia Shakespeare Festival in Williamsburg, The Lost Colony, the nation’s longest-running symphonic drama performed on North Carolina’s Outer Banks and Shakespeare Theatre New Jersey in Madison. In 2013, Lee attained his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Florida in Gainesville.
Resident Lighting Designer and Master Electrician
Andrew Morehouse has a Master of Fine Arts in Lighting Design from Wayne State University’s Hilberry Theatre in Detroit, Mich. Since graduating, he has worked as Technical Director for The Paramount Center for The Arts in Bristol, Tenn., and as Assistant Technical Director at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Mo. He was also fortunate to be a crew captain and pyrotechnician for Dubai’s 2014, Guinness World Record-winning, New Year’s Eve display. Notable designs include: Civil War Voices, The 39 Steps, Avenue Q, Thicker Than Water and My Fair Lady.
Nicholas Piper is an associate artistic director at Barter in charge of new play development and the director of Barter’s Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights (AFPP). Also a member of Barter’s Resident Acting Company, recent roles include: Buddy, (The Doyle and Debbie Show), Harry (The Understudy), Barry (The Gnome), Davis (The Dryad: An Appalachian Tale), Tony Wendice (Dial ‘M’ for Murder), Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire), Finner Swanson (Walking Across Egypt), and Simon Whitaker (Wooden Snowflakes). A graduate of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he began his career at Barter as an intern before becoming a founding member of Barter’s First Light Theatre (now The Barter Players). He has also directed a number of shows at Barter including: Keep on the Sunny Side, A Facility For Living, Unnecessary Farce, The Red Velvet Cake War, The Glass Menagerie, Elvis Has Left the Building, The Blue Sky Boys, Showtime at First Baptist, I’ll Never Be Hungry Again, and Lying in State. He is so very grateful to be a member of this community along with his wife Wendy and their two beautiful daughters Lucy and Maggie.
Resident Set Designer
Derek Smith is in his 13th season at Barter and his fifth as Barter’s resident scenic designer. Derek served as Barter’s scenic artist for eight years prior to becoming scenic designer. In his time at Barter, Derek has designed more than 50 shows. He is grateful for and humbled by the opportunity to continue to learn and grow as an artist at Barter and to work with such a talented group of people. Select past designs include: Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Mary Poppins, The Three Musketeers, Tarzan, The Dryad: An Appalachian Tale, A Streetcar Named Desire, Avenue Q, Holiday Memories, Ring of Fire, The Wizard of Oz and A Christmas Story. Derek is a native of Kingsport, Tenn., and is an alumnus of the Savannah College of Art and Design in Savannah, Ga. “My heart to Corrina and Aiden, without whom none of this would be possible.”
Associate Resident Music Director
Dishon Smith is thrilled to be joining the Barter this season as an associate music director. Previous shows at Barter include Kiss Me Kate, Wizard of Oz, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Music directing credits include: Hairspray, Little Women, Next to Normal, and Drowsy Chaperone. Dishon holds a bachelor's degree in piano performance and a master's degree in piano pedagogy, and has been a guest artist with the Southern Adventist University Orchestra and the Maryville College Orchestra. Much love to DeAnna, Jake, Henry, Q, and Sam.