Directors and Designers

Katy Brown

Katy Brown

Producing Artistic Director

Katy Brown was named Barter’s fourth Producing Artistic Director in October of 2019. She had 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 MemoriesWait 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 thousands plays by young people in this region. She has also been responsible for the annual return of Shakespeare to Barter. These productions include HamletOthelloA Midsummer Night’s DreamRichard IIITwelfth NightMacbeth and The Tempest. 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. During the pandemic, Katy led Barter to repurpose the Historic Moonlite Drive-In so that tens of thousands of Barter patrons could enjoy live performances under the stars when the indoor theatre could not open. 

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.

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.

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Nicholas Piper

Associate Director

Nicholas Piper is the Associate Artistic Director of Barter Theatre in charge of New Play Development.  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).  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), Harry Bright (Mama Mia) Edward Bloom (Big Fish), and Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire). Recent directing credits at Barter include: Church Basement Ladies, Leaving Iowa, Winter Wheat, The Dixie Swim Club and Over the River and Through the Woods. He was recently awarded the AAME award for outstanding contribution to arts in the region.  Nick 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

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 onstage, and out at the Moonlite! She joined the Barter resident acting company in 2018; roles include: Princess Fiona (Shrek), Kathy (Singin In The Rain), Truvy (Steel Magnolias), Susan (Wait Until Dark), and Judy (White Christmas). Previously, Kim was a company member at Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, West Virginia, where she also served as the associate artistic director. Favorite GVT roles: Gwendolyn (The Importance of Being Earnest), Sally (Cabaret), Jo (Little Women), and Aldonza (Man of La Mancha). 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. Kim remains grateful to be among the big-hearted Barter Family; and to YOU for supporting live theatre.

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 the Associate Artistic Director of Barter Theatre in charge of New Play Development.  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).  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), Harry Bright (Mama Mia) Edward Bloom (Big Fish), and Stanley Kowalski (A Streetcar Named Desire). Recent directing credits at Barter include: Church Basement Ladies, Leaving Iowa, Winter Wheat, The Dixie Swim Club and Over the River and Through the Woods. He was recently awarded the AAME award for outstanding contribution to arts in the region.  Nick is so very grateful to be a member of this community along with his wife Wendy and their two beautiful daughters Lucy and Maggie.

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.

The Barter Players

Lilly Anayeh

Lilly Anayeh is a recent graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (BFA Musical Theatre) and excited to be a Barter Player! Past credits include “Radial Gradient” (Gigi), “The Secret Garden” (Choreography), “Working” (Woman 1), and “Hair” (Swing/ Dance Caption/ Associate Choreographer). After being diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, she makes it her mission to help others use their biggest obstacle as their greatest source of power. Special thanks to her family, friends, and mentors for believing in her! 

http://www.lillyanayeh.com

Kaci Deakins

Kaci Deakins is an Actor, Singer, Storyteller, and Teaching Artist who could not be more thrilled to join the Barter Players! Kaci hails from Knoxville, Tennessee and holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Samford University. Her favorite past credits include: Matt & Ben (Ben Affleck), Freaky Friday (Gretchen), 1776 (Stephen Hopkins u/s John Adams), 26 Pebbles (Kat/Carrie/Georgia), How I Became A Pirate (Scurvy Dog), and Wizard of Oz (Dorothy). She would like to thank YOU- dear audience member, for supporting live theatre, her family, friends, and fellow Players for their unending love and support, and The Great Storyteller Himself for everything else. Psalms 94:18-19. Let’s put on show! @kacideaks www.kacideakins.com

Lauren Easton

Lauren Easton is delighted to be making her debut with the wonderful Barter Players!  Some of her favorite credits include Katherine in Newsies at the Des Moines Playhouse, Witch #1 in Macbeth with Stage Flight Theatre, and Nancy in Oliver with St Luke theatre.  She holds a BFA in musical theatre from Drake university.  She is an avid reader and over user of Instagram.  Follow her @_lauren_easton_ 

James Jiggetts

James Jiggetts is thrilled to be back in Abingdon performing this season as a Barter Player! He was previously seen this Spring at the Moonlite in The Tempest and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. He is a 2020 graduate of Emory & Henry College where he earned his BFA in Musical Theatre. Some of his noteworthy productions include: Legally Blonde, [Title of Show], Eurydice, Cabaret, and Sweeney Todd.  James is grateful and appreciative of the love and support his family and friends have provided throughout his artistic journey and thankful for his Barter family for providing this opportunity. He’s happy to be returning to his second home and wishes you peace, happiness, joy, and love. Enjoy the show! – Insta/jam.jig

Andy Patterson

Andy Patterson (he/him/his) was born in the heat of San Antonio, Texas, and raised among the cows of Amish Country in Chester County, Pennsylvania. His childhood was overflowing with adventure as a Boy Scout and Martial artist, but at thirteen, he traded it all for the stage as he discovered the world of theater and dropped everything to dive in. Nearly ten years, 30+ productions and countless rich artistic experiences later, he left the hallowed halls of Temple University with his B.F.A. in Musical Theatre. In his free time, he is grateful to dedicate his time to a spiritual practice grounded in activism and self-reflection, a career teeming with creativity but balanced by visionary discipline, and a lifestyle led by learning. His work is underscored by his dedication to sustainable practices, and his yearning to make space for queer and othered voices of all kinds in the world, no matter what he is doing, where he is going, or who he is surrounded by. Andy would like to thank his dear loved ones, the kick-butt cohort at Margolis Method and his invaluable mentors at Temple University for molding him into the human and artist he is today. He is so freakin’ grateful to be with the Barter Players for their 2021-22 season and hopes you leave the theater today truly inspired by what you came to see. Let’s enjoy some art y’all! Check out more at: @andyscottpatterson // theandypatterson.com

Christopher White

Christopher White is a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, and received his BA in Musical Theatre from Point Park Conservatory for the Performing Arts in Pittsburgh, and his MA in Acting from Binghamton University in New York. He is thrilled to be joining the Barter Players this season!

Megan Ward – Stage Manager

Megan Ward is excited to join The Barter Theatre as a Moonlite Concert Stage Manager and the Barter Player Stage Manager!  Megan received her degree in Theatre from Radford University in 2019 with focuses in directing/stage managing, acting, and painting, making her a jack of all trades.  Her proudest undergraduate achievement was directing The Laramie Project as her senior capstone project.  Prior to working with Barter Theatre,  Megan was a scenic artist at New Harmony Theatre in Indiana and a scenic charge at Playhouse on the Square in Tennessee.  In early spring of 2020, Megan was nominated for an Ostrander award for her set design of When We Get Good Again.  After spending quarantine playing Animal Crossing and raising her handsome cat, Edgar Allan Poe, she is ecstatic and grateful to make a safe return to theatre.

Teaching Artists

Morgan Egan

Barter Youth Academy Instructor

Michael Gerber

Barter Youth Academy Director

Charlie Hinchey

Barter Youth Academy Instructor

Charlie Hinchey is very excited to continue their journey with the Barter Youth Academy! They started acting with the program in 2014 with The Wizard of Oz and played a number of roles after including: Ethel P. Savage in Curious Savage, Juror #10 in 12 Angry Jurors, and Cogsworth in The Beauty and the Beast. After they graduated out of the program and high school, they began teaching and doing theatre at Washington Lee Elementary. They are very honored to get to chance to teach theatre again, do lots of improv, and to make friends with all the kids along the way this summer. 

Micah Untiedt

Barter Youth Academy Instructor