Leslie Barker

Leslie Barker

Education Director

Leslie Barker is the Director of Outreach and Education at Theatre Memphis. She received her B.A. from William Carey University and her M.F.A. in Directing from the University of Memphis. Before attending graduate school, Leslie taught and chaired the Theatre Arts Department at Power Academic and Performing Arts Complex in Jackson, Mississippi. While teaching at Power A.P.A.C., she was named an Outstanding Metro Jackson Teacher in 2005. She also worked as the Production and Development Assistant at the Northwest Children’s Theatre and School in Portland, Oregon.

Leslie has directed productions for several theaters and schools in Memphis. Some of her favorite directing credits include Cicada (Voices of the South), Eurydice (University of Memphis), The Little Prince (University of Memphis), Love in a Time of War (University of Memphis), Anon(ymous) (Memphis University School), and Godspell (Germantown Community Theatre). Last summer, Voices of the South produced her original play (co-written with Joe McDaniel), Reasons for Falling: A Story of Icarus. Other original scripts include Front Porch Fairy Tales, Dandelion Wishes: A Story of Cinderella, and Bad Guys, which have been performed by Theatre Memphis's ShoWagon for young people all over Memphis. Leslie participated in the 2010 Lincoln Center Directors’ Lab. She is a member of the Caritas Village Arts Committee and a Continuum Arts Fellow.

Leslie is absolutely thrilled to take on her newest role, Education Director for Chatterbox. She had the privilege of participating in Chatterbox's Audio Theater Performance Series at the Clovernook Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired. She has also greatly enjoyed working on Grimms Fairy Tales and Marjorie and the Magic Words, both collaborations between Chatterbox and Theatre Memphis's ShoWagon, and is looking forward to many exciting new projects full of her favorite things -- words and sound!


Appearances


Role   Show
Writer ..................... Dandelion Wishes
Director ..................... Grimms' Fairy Tales
Writer - Rocky Springs ..................... Halloween Show 2014
Writer ..................... Head, Heart, Courage
Director ..................... Journey of Truth
Director ..................... Marjorie and the Magic Words
Director ..................... The Warriors, Part 1
Director ..................... The Warriors, Part 2