Department of Theatre & Dance Staff
- Associate Professor
- GWH 313
- Teaching Area Musical Theatre
Julie Lyn Barber is Assistant Professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, Kentucky. Julie has also taught at Taylor University (Upland, IN) and Portland Community College (Portland, OR).
While in Portland, Julie worked with Oregon Children’s Theatre, Northwest Children’s Theatre, triangle productions, Northwest Classical Theatre, Sylvia’s Dinner Theatre, Oregon Catholic Press, Portland Opera, and Portland Center Stage. She was also the Managing Director and resident Music Director /Choreographer of American Heritage Theater Project.
As an actor, Julie has played the role of “Berenice” in Cabaret Poe with Q Artistry in Indianapolis every October since 2009. Other favorite roles include “Adelaide” in Guys and Dolls (Canterbury Theatre, Michigan City, IN), “Narrator” in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Round Barn Theatre, Nappanee, IN) and “Julia” in Two Gentlemen of Verona (Northwest Classical Theatre Company, Portland, OR). Opera roles include “Sophie” in Massenet’s Werther, Queen of the Night” in Mozart's Magic Flute, and “Titania” in Purcell’s Fairy Queen. Julie is an Equity Membership Candidate and has had the privilege of working with Broadway legends, Stephen Schwartz, Joseph Stein, and Andy Blankenbuehler.
When not teaching, Julie keeps busy music directing, choreographing, and directing musicals, operas and plays, most recently with The Round Barn Theatre at Amish Acres (Nappanee, IN), Nettle Creek Players (Hagerstown, IN), and IndyFringe (Indianapolis, IN). WKU credits include choreographing The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, and stage directing Guys and Dolls and 9 to 5.
Julie is a produced playwright who has received two Individual Artist Grants from the Indiana Arts Commission. She is also a freelance writer for Classical Singer Magazine, and an Associate Editor of the MTEA Journal. Her recent scholarly presentations include “The Stories We Tell: Challenging Gender Bias in Entertainment” at the WKU Gender and Communication Conference, a master class at the Transgender Voice Training Conference in Richmond, IN, and a lightning talk, “Practice Failure for Success”, at the College Music Society Summit in Columbia, South Carolina.
Her degrees include a Doctor of Arts in Music from Ball State University, a Master of Music in Opera and Music Theatre from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She also earned a Grade VIII Piano Certificate through the Western Conservatory of Music, and an Elementary Executant Certificate in Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dancing. She is a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Musical Theatre Educators Alliance (MTEA), The Dramatists Guild, and the American Society of Composers and Publishers (ASCAP).