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Michael Barnard

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Area: Music
Category: Faculty
Title: Faculty Associate
Office: EB1-94
Phone: 480.965.2856
Fax: 480.965.2659
Specialty: Music Theatre
E-mail: Michael.D.Barnard@asu.edu
Web Page: http:///music.asu.edu/LOT
Bio:

Michael Barnard enters his 10th season as Phoenix Theatre's Producing Artistic Director, concentrating his efforts on continued growth of the theatre, both in production, education and new work development. Michael is world premiering the musical: Unbeatable, a musical based on the story of a courageous woman's survival of breast cancer. Unbeatable is scheduled to open off Broadway at the New World Stages in New York this October for Breast Cancer awareness month. His third world premiere project, Dream a Little Dream, (the highest grossing production in Phoenix Theatre's history) continues its evolution this year finding new productions throughout the U.S. and Canada., including a production running at the Florida Stages summer and fall of 2008. Michael is currently under development for another new musical based on life seen through the eyes of an autistic child named Joey, called Waiting for Y.

Michael received his training at Northwestern University, with a master's in Theatre, with an emphasis in directing. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from ASU. Native born, Michael grew up in Glendale and returned to Phoenix after receiving his degree.

Formally Director of Theatre for the City of Phoenix and Associate Producer of Musical Theatre of Arizona, Michael has directed over 550 productions from New York to Los Angeles, working for such prestigious companies as The Walt Disney Co., Universal Studios Japan Ashland Cabaret, Utah Shakespeare, San Jose Rep, Florida Stages, Santa Barbara CLO, Webster University, Forestburgh Playhouse, NY, and PCPA Rep. Here in Arizona Michael has directed and/or choreographed for Actor's Theatre of Arizona, Az. Jewish Theatre, The Phoenix Symphony, Black Theatre Troupe, Herberger Theatre Center, Valley Youth Theatre and Childsplay.

Michael's history with Phoenix Theatre dates back to the early 80s when he was their first production manager from 1979 to 1982. He then continued on as a resident director/choreographer until 1985. Prior to arriving back in the Valley in 1999, Michael was a senior show director for the Disney Corporation in Anaheim. He worked for Disney for six and half years directing over 300 corporate events and the highly noted stage shows Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Festival of Fools and Animazement. Most recently, he created the new Toto and Friends and The Emoticons(atmosphere show) and Snoopy Action Stage Show, for Universal Studios, Osaka, Japan and the Veggie Tales Live national tour for Clear Channel.

As Artistic Director at Phoenix Theatre he has directed and choreographed such hits including Crazy For You, Dream a Little Dream, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Guys and Dolls, Man of LaMancha, Sophisticated Ladies, Into the Woods, Children of Eden, The Quiltmaker's Gift, Chicago, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Cabaret, The Will Roger's Follies and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas to name but a few. He has the pleasure of working with such notables as John Cullum, Ray Walston, Donna McKecknie, Teri Ralston, Kathy Fitzgerald, Jenn Culela, and Eden Espinoza.

He has directed over 1000 special events, from the Boys and Girls Club to Herberger Headliners, Phoenix Symphony's Yuletide, Body Positive, The Governor's Arts Awards, ASU Public Events, Heart Ball, Valley Leadership , March of Dimes, American Jewish League, Arizona Highways, SARCC breakfast, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix Follies, Women Who Care, and Kidney Foundation . He has been the show director for IMTA, the International Models Talent Association, for 22 years.

Michael also remains involved with many other new works. He has also written the lyrics for all four of Cookie Company's touring productions including Something in My Kitchen, Taking the Wrath out of Math and Professor Flabberflaps. Michael is continuing work on a new musical revue of the work of Frank Loesser. He also created the Follies Fundraiser for Phoenix Theatre and has directed Woman Who Care Events and Enchanted Evenings for 8 years.

Michael owes much of his success at Phoenix Theatre to the dedicated staff, board and artists who believe in and are dedicated to the best work possible.

Michael Barnard enters his 10th season as Phoenix Theatre's Producing Artistic Director, concentrating his efforts on continued growth of the theatre, both in production, education and new work development. Michael is world premiering the musical: Unbeatable, a musical based on the story of a courageous woman's survival of breast cancer. Unbeatable is scheduled to open off Broadway at the New World Stages in New York this October for Breast Cancer awareness month. His third world premiere project, Dream a Little Dream, (the highest grossing production in Phoenix Theatre's history) continues its evolution this year finding new productions throughout the U.S. and Canada., including a production running at the Florida Stages summer and fall of 2008. Michael is currently under development for another new musical based on life seen through the eyes of an autistic child named Joey, called Waiting for Y.

Michael received his training at Northwestern University, with a master's in Theatre, with an emphasis in directing. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from ASU. Native born, Michael grew up in Glendale and returned to Phoenix after receiving his degree.

Formally Director of Theatre for the City of Phoenix and Associate Producer of Musical Theatre of Arizona, Michael has directed over 550 productions from New York to Los Angeles, working for such prestigious companies as The Walt Disney Co., Universal Studios Japan Ashland Cabaret, Utah Shakespeare, San Jose Rep, Florida Stages, Santa Barbara CLO, Webster University, Forestburgh Playhouse, NY, and PCPA Rep. Here in Arizona Michael has directed and/or choreographed for Actor's Theatre of Arizona, Az. Jewish Theatre, The Phoenix Symphony, Black Theatre Troupe, Herberger Theatre Center, Valley Youth Theatre and Childsplay.

Michael's history with Phoenix Theatre dates back to the early 80s when he was their first production manager from 1979 to 1982. He then continued on as a resident director/choreographer until 1985. Prior to arriving back in the Valley in 1999, Michael was a senior show director for the Disney Corporation in Anaheim. He worked for Disney for six and half years directing over 300 corporate events and the highly noted stage shows Pocahontas, Hunchback of Notre Dame, Festival of Fools and Animazement. Most recently, he created the new Toto and Friends and The Emoticons(atmosphere show) and Snoopy Action Stage Show, for Universal Studios, Osaka, Japan and the Veggie Tales Live national tour for Clear Channel.

As Artistic Director at Phoenix Theatre he has directed and choreographed such hits including Crazy For You, Dream a Little Dream, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Guys and Dolls, Man of LaMancha, Sophisticated Ladies, Into the Woods, Children of Eden, The Quiltmaker's Gift, Chicago, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Cabaret, The Will Roger's Follies and The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas to name but a few. He has the pleasure of working with such notables as John Cullum, Ray Walston, Donna McKecknie, Teri Ralston, Kathy Fitzgerald, Jenn Culela, and Eden Espinoza.

He has directed over 1000 special events, from the Boys and Girls Club to Herberger Headliners, Phoenix Symphony's Yuletide, Body Positive, The Governor's Arts Awards, ASU Public Events, Heart Ball, Valley Leadership , March of Dimes, American Jewish League, Arizona Highways, SARCC breakfast, Phoenix Children's Hospital, Phoenix Follies, Women Who Care, and Kidney Foundation . He has been the show director for IMTA, the International Models Talent Association, for 22 years.

Michael also remains involved with many other new works. He has also written the lyrics for all four of Cookie Company's touring productions including Something in My Kitchen, Taking the Wrath out of Math and Professor Flabberflaps. Michael is continuing work on a new musical revue of the work of Frank Loesser. He also created the Follies Fundraiser for Phoenix Theatre and has directed Woman Who Care Events and Enchanted Evenings for 8 years.

Michael owes much of his success at Phoenix Theatre to the dedicated staff, board and artists who believe in and are dedicated to the best work possible.



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