Directors and Designers

Katy Brown

Katy Brown

Producing Artistic Director

Katy Brown has just been named Barter’s new Producing Artistic Director. She has served as Associate Artistic Director and Head of Casting since 2006, been Artistic Director of the Barter Players since 2000, and came to Barter in 1998 as an actor. She has directed more than 100 professional productions, including The Three MusketeersPeter and the StarcatcherMary’s WeddingA Streetcar Named DesireThe Miracle WorkerLittle WomenThe 39 Steps, Great Expectations, Dead Man’s Cell PhoneAnne of Green GablesDoubting ThomasThe Road to AppomattoxThe FantasticksHoliday Memories, Wait Until DarkTuck EverlastingThe ForeignerRomeo and JulietA Thousand Cranes, and Violet, as well as Barter’s national tour of Of Mice and Men. Katy has also been the Director of the Young Playwrights Festival since its creation in 2002, leading to the creation of 3,858 plays by young people in this region. In 2014, Katy founded the Encore Players, a Theatre for Young Audiences made up of Barter Player alum who tour nationally and internationally. She has also been responsible for the annual return of Shakespeare to Barter via the National Endowment for the Arts Shakespeare in American Communities Grant. These productions include Hamlet, Othello, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Richard III, Twelfth Night and the upcoming Macbeth and featured her directing and adaptations. Katy is proud to have been named to the Tri-Cities 40 under 40, the YW Tribute Women (Arts), and The Business Journal’s 25 Women of Influence.

Tony Angelini

Tony Angelini

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 Shell 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.

Susanne Boulle

Began her professional career here at Barter in 1991. Barter favorites: Million Dollar Quartet (National Tour), Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, Sally McCoy, ELF, A Facility for Living, Eugene Wolf’s The Book of Mamaw, Civil War Voices, I’ll Never Be Hungry Again, Alice in Wonderland, Blackbird, The Blonde, the Brunette and the Vengeful Redhead, Travels With My Aunt, The Baby Dance, Of Mice and Men, Miracles. NYC: The Red Door Theatre, IRT, American Int’l Theatre, NYU/ Atlantic 453 program. Artistic Assoc. at Barter, 1994-98. Founding Member of Barter’s First Light company. Member: The Actor’s Studio Playwrights and Directors Unit,

Ashley Campos

Ashley Campos

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.

Camille Davis

Camille Davis

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.

Barrett Guyton

Barrett Guyton

Artistic Director of The Barter Players

Barrett Guyton is the newly appointed Artistic Director of the Barter Players. He is a proud alumnus of the Barter Players and Barter Players Encore Company, and prior Associate Artistic Director of the Barter Players. Barrett has directed over twenty shows at Barter, including the Barter Players’ productions of The Giver, The Scarlet Letter, The Princess and the Pea, The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe, The Neverending Story, Peter Pan, Amelia Earhart, Charlotte’s Web, James and the Giant Peach, and A Wrinkle in Time. He’s also directed the Barter Theatre productions of Exit LaughingThe LoopholeThe Lemonade Stand, and A Tuna Christmas. He has served as the Tour Coordinator for the Encore Company since 2016, and for the Player company from 2016-2019. He is also the director of Barter’s College Playwrights Festival and coordinator of the Young Playwrights Festival.

Hana Lee

Hana Lee

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 WeddingWinter 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.

Carrie Smith Lewis

Carrie Smith Lewis first came to Barter in the fall of 2006, appearing inJane Eyre and Murderer. 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 Smith Theatre 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 College, 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.

Lee Alexander Martin

Lee Alexander Martin

Associate Resident Costume Designer

Lee Alexander Martin is excited to be designing costumes at The Barter Theatre for his 6th season. Recently, Lee has designed costumes for Barter Theatre’s Productions of Elf: The Musical, Richard III, Steel Magnolias, The Lemonade Stand, Great Expectations, and Sally McCoy in 2018. Some of his favorite previous costume designs include Million Dollar Quartet, Footloose, Uncanny Valley, Over the River and Through the Woods, The Doyle and Debbie Show and The Barter Players’ touring production of Frosty. 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.

Andrew Morehouse

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

Nicholas Piper

Associate Director

Nicholas Piper is Associate Artistic Director of Barter Theatre in charge of New Play Development and the director of the Appalachian Festival of Plays and Playwrights. Over the last 15 years he has helped develop dozens of new plays including audience favorites Madame Buttermilk, Keep on the Sunny Side, and this season’s Winter Wheat and We’ll Meet Again. Also a member of Barter’s Resident Acting Company, recent favorite roles include: Georges (La Cage Aux Folles), Jack (Maytag Virgin), Crumpet (Santaland Diaries), Guy Friendly (Friendly’s Fire), Rev. Shaw Moore (Footloose), Harry Bright (Mama Mia) Edward Bloom (Big Fish), Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire) A graduate of the University of Tennessee, 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: Church Basement Ladies, Leaving Iowa, Winter Wheat, The Dixie Swim Club, Over the River and Through The Woods, Keep on the Sunny Side, A Facility For Living, The Glass Menagerie, Unnecessary Farce, Elvis Has Left the Building, 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.

Derek Smith

Derek Smith

Resident Set Designer

Derek has served as Resident Scenic Designer at Barter since 2012, and prior to that was Barter’s Scenic Artist beginning in 2003. Hailing from Kingsport, TN, Derek grew up coming to shows at Barter, and this theater has and always will hold a special place in his heart. He remains eternally 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, and to serve the community in which he was raised. Past designs include: Sister Act, A Christmas Carol (2016), Tarzan, Big Fish, Footloose, A Christmas Story, Mary Poppins, The Three Musketeers, Ring of Fire, Jacob Marley’s Christmas Carol, A Streetcar Named Desire, Avenue Q, and The Bridges of Madison County. He is an alumnus of the Savannah College of Art & Design. “My heart to Corrina and Aiden, who make all things possible.”

Dishon Smith

Dishon Smith

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 KateWizard of Oz, and Peter and the Starcatcher. Music directing credits include: HairsprayLittle WomenNext 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.

Sarah Van Deusen

Sarah Van Deusen

Sarah Van Deusen is honored to serve as the Associate Director of The Barter Players. She most recently directed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for The Barter Players. Recent acting credits include: The Lemonade Stand; Ghost, Ghost Come Out Tonight; and The Lion, The Witch,and The Wardrobe. She is a proud two-year alumnus of The Barter Players and a graduate of Wittenberg University with a B.A. in both Theatre and English. “Thanks to my parents for giving me a love of the arts, my sister for always being weird, Shaan for his big heart, and my Barter family for constantly inspiring me.” sarahvandeusen.com

Stage Management

Sara Douglas

Stage Manager

Sara is incredibly grateful to be continuing her journey at Barter Theatre. She has been at Barter since 2011, serving as a production intern, production assistant, The Barter Players Stage Manager, and touring as The Barter Players Encore Company Stage Manager. Sara holds degrees in Theatre and History from Wilmington College – GO QUAKERS! When not stage managing, you can find her visiting Civil War battlefields or baking cookies in her Star Wars apron. Thank you to KB, JH, CR, BG, WA, BH, LH, her family, and all her Player brothers and sisters.

Cindi A. Raebel

Production Stage Manager

Cindi has had the honor and pleasure to work with Barter Theatre for over a decade, and she is still as excited as she was her first year. Cindi has worked as an AEA stage manager for 25 years, and is glad she has been able to make Abingdon her home. Some of her favorite Barter shows, include but are not limited to: Wooden Snowflakes; Friendly’s Fire; Bright Star; Big Fish; Evita; Beauty and the Beast; and Madame Buttermilk. Cindi wishes you the same feeling of excitement and wonder while you are watching the show as she has while working on it.

Karen N. Rowe

Stage Manager

Raised in/around Johnson City, TN, and a graduate of ETSU, Karen has worn many hats in her 25 year association with Barter Theatre and while the Administrative visor is most often worn these days, she is happy for opportunities to don her Stage Management cap again. In her SM heyday, Karen worked on nearly 100 productions with particular favorites being; Looking over the President’s Shoulder, Civil War Voices, I’ll Never Be Hungry Again, It’s a Wonderful Life and more recently, The Santaland Diaries. Karen is proud to support the great work of the many people that form the heart of Barter Theatre.

Victoria L. Sutton

Assistant Stage Manager

Victoria is thrilled to be a part of the Barter Theatre family. Hailing from Columbus, OH, Victoria holds a B.F.A. in Theatrical Design and Production from Wright State University, Dayton. Victoria first joined the Barter team in September of 2014 and has since had the pleasure of working on dozens of shows at both Gilliam Stage and Barter Stage II. She is the former stage manager for The Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and The Zoot Theatre Company.

Resident Acting Company

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!

Ashley Campos

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.

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.

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!​

Carrie Smith Lewis

Carrie Smith Lewis first came to Barter in the fall of 2006, appearing inJane Eyre and Murderer. 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 Smith Theatre 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 College, 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.

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.

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 (Lion in Winter); Donna (Mamma Mia!); Van Helsing (Dracula); Mother Superior (Sister Act); Amanda (The Glass Menagerie); Fraulein Schneider (Cabaret); Martha (October Before I Was Born, World Premiere); Ann (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 CSU Fullerton and an MFA in Acting from the FSU/Asolo Conservatory and is a two-time bone marrow donor.

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 BuildingThe Blue-Sky BoysShowtime 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).

Associate Acting Company

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.

Sarah Van Deusen

Sarah Van Deusen is honored to serve as the Associate Director of The Barter Players. She most recently directed The Adventures of Tom Sawyer for The Barter Players. Recent acting credits include: The Lemonade Stand; Ghost, Ghost Come Out Tonight; and The Lion, The Witch,and The Wardrobe. She is a proud two-year alumnus of The Barter Players and a graduate of Wittenberg University with a B.A. in both Theatre and English. “Thanks to my parents for giving me a love of the arts, my sister for always being weird, Shaan for his big heart, and my Barter family for constantly inspiring me.” sarahvandeusen.com

The Barter Players

Joe Carleton

Joe Carleton moved to Abingdon, VA to be a Barter Player after finishing his studies at Louisiana State University. While at LSU, Joe received several awards for both his stage and screen acting from organizations in the area. Select credits include: A Song That Plays Itself; SNUCLove and InformationA Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Rocky Horror Show; and Green Day’s American Idiot. He would like to thank his family and friends for turning his dreams into a reality. Without them, he would not be where he is today. “Let’s make memories.”

Tyler Cramer

Tyler Cramer is thrilled to be joining the Barter Family as a Barter Player for a second year! Some favorite past credits include: Cat (The Cat in the Hat); Prince Harold (The Princess and the Pea); Chillingworth (The Scarlet Letter); Widow Douglas and others (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer); Brother George (Dough & Cookies); Booth (Assassins); Dr. Stuart (Horn in the West); Odysseus (The Odyssey); and Lopakhin (The Cherry Orchard). Tyler is a graduate of James Madison University with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre and Media Arts & Design. Much love to his friends, family, and teachers!

Cadence Lamb

Cadence Lamb is so happy to be a part of Barter Theatre this season. She graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a BFA in Acting and minors in Dance and Psychology. Some of her favorite roles include: Constance (King John) and Princess of France (Love’s Labours Lost) with the Texas Shakespeare Festival; Benvolio/Friar Lawrence (Romeo and Juliet) and Ariel (The Tempest) with Flagstaff Shakespeare Festival; and Elizabeth Proctor (The Crucible, Illinois Wesleyan University). She loves peanut butter, coffee, writing music and all of her friends and family who have constantly loved and supported her.

Oleode Oshotse

Oleode Oshotse is from Houston, Texas. He recently graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. His credits include: Joseph Asagai (A Raisin in the Sun); Ensemble (Hairspray); Mr. Hopper (Lady Windermere’s Fan); David (SHIQP: Men with Broken Hopes); Harry/Ensemble (Chicago); Henry (The Fantasticks); Company Member (Smokey Joe’s Cafe); Old Lover/Bachelor (An Evening at Jacques); Cab Driver (Harvey); Love (Thoughts of a Colored Man); Aunt Temporary (Panto: Star Force); and The Geek (Side Show). He would like to thank his parents, Jacob & Bertha Oshotse as well as his brothers Arevha, Oshomha and Jacob Jr for their love and support. He is super excited to be performing at Barter Theatre as a Player!

Zora Vredeveld

Zora Vredeveld is ecstatic to be performing at Barter Theatre! Zora, a native St. Louisan, is a recent graduate from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Recent credits include; Anne (La Cage Aux Folles); Roxie (Chicago); Penny (Hairspray); and Woman 1 (Songs for a New World). Love to her family, always.

Libby Zabit

Libby Zabit is a proud native of Madison, WI, and she could not be more thrilled to be at Barter this season! A recent graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University’s BFA Acting track, some of Libby’s favorite collaborations have been: Abigail Williams (The Crucible) and Chris Mundy (Dancing at Lughnasa) at IWU; Margery Pinchwife (The Country Wife, The British American Drama Academy); as well as a season at Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Libby is endlessly grateful for the bravery and love she gets to spread everyday as a Barter Player! libbyzabit.com

Teaching Artists

Madeline Bullen

Barter Youth Academy Director Admissions

Madeleine Bullen is the Director of Admissions for the Barter Youth Academy. She has been with the program in different capacities since its creation in 2012. Madeleine has not only been a student, assistant, and director but she has also served as both Technical Director and choreographer for the program and has worked on BYA shows such as: Singin’ in the Rain Jr., High School Musical Jr., A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Little Women and Mary Poppins Jr. Madeleine has had the honor of teaching with BYA since 2014 and has had the privilege of directing shows such as Antigone, Arsenic and Old Lace, James and the Giant Peach, A Wrinkle in Time, Dear Edwina Jr, and Into the Woods. Madeleine is forever grateful to Barter for all of the opportunities she has been given over the years and to Joshua, James and AnnaTheresa who make every day an adventure. 

Nikki Skillman

Barter Youth Academy Director of Programming/Education

Nikki Skillman serves Barter Theatre’s Education Department as Barter Youth Academy’s Director of Education and as a Project REAL Teaching Artist. Nikki began her career with Barter in 2014 as a Project REAL Teaching Artist and in 2017 stepped into the role of Barter Youth Academy’s Director of Education. Nikki is a graduate of Emory & Henry College who holds a Bachelor of Arts in Acting, has completed conservatory training at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting in NYC, and has over a decade’s experience working with youth in a variety of camp programs and school settings. Nikki loves working in many facets of the Barter’s Education Department and thrives most when she is helping others realize and reach their full potential through exploring theatre and the arts.

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