Steven Barker has been a theatre-maker and educator for the last 17 years. He holds an MFA in Theatre for Youth from Arizona State University (ASU) and a BFA in Theatre Education and a BS in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Steve returned to Virginia in April to work as the Events & Outreach Coordinator and Capital Campaign Manager at the State Theatre before being promoted to ED. He also serves as the Artistic Director of the newly formed Piedmont Players, where he most recently directed their inaugural production of A Christmas Carol.
Before coming to Culpeper and the Virginia Piedmont he was up north working as a Teaching Fellow and Curriculum Supervisor for The Redhouse Arts Center in Syracuse, NY. Mr. Barker has been a teaching artist for Pied Piper Theatre (Manassas), Imagination Stage (Bethesda), Orlando Repertory Theatre, ASU and VCU. As an instructor for Northern Virginia Community College, Steven founded the NVCC Tour Bus program. He has successfully directed the theatre programs at Lejeune High School and Falls Church High School. Students under his direction have place at regional and state levels for national competition. He has been nominated for both directing and design work, recently earning the North Carolina Theatre Conference’s 2012 Excellence in Directing award and a Superior rating for his production of Black Butterfly, Jaguar Girl, and Piñata Woman, and other Superhero Girls… like me.
Mr. Barker has been involved in over 65 professional productions in his 17-year career. He has a range of directing and design credits including Radium Girls (world premiere – one act version), Godspell and The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe (with LHS), Tartuffe (with BDP), A Doll’s House, The Glass Menagerie, The Doctor In Spite of Himself, The Mouse Trap, The Lion in Winter and Macbeth (with CCCC), Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Charlotte’s Web (with PPT), One Night with Fanny Brice (with TACT), Noises Off, The Madness of King George, and Man of La Mancha (with FCHS).
Steven most recently served as the Strategic Planning and Development Director and the Treasurer of the Virginia Theatre Association, as a Theatre In Our Schools Professional Development Conference chair (for Metro DC and Central Virginia), and the High School Network Co-chair for the American Alliance for Theatre and Education.