Rehearsals are in full swing and our actors are hard at work to create the setting, plot, and characters for our shows.
Scripts will be completed by the holidays in preparation of our March shows!
Reminder! There will be no rehearsal the week of Thanksgiving - November 25th & 27th
We wish you a happy Thanksgiving with your loved ones.
Intern Spotlight - Evan Darr
Evan is a freshman student at McDaniel College, planning to major in Kinesiology. When he's not interning at Barrier-Free, he loves to exercise and lift weights in his free time. Evan hopes that each and every person involved in these productions will feel proud and confident about the amazing dedication they have put forth through the process.
Evan interns with Company A & B. We are so fortunate to have Evan's energy, positivity, and dedication in the Barrier-Free family!
For your dedication to Barrier-Free. Your support, presence, energy, and effort are appreciated.
With your help, we are able to keep our programs accessible and affordable for our community and families.
We're sure you've heard: Barrier-Free is now offering a monthly Social Club!
Stop by our first FREE Social Club on Thursday, September 26th.
Grace Thompson, Choreographer/Movement Director
Grace Thompson is in her first year at Barrier Free. She can be described as outgoing and loves spending time with others. Grace has been in many productions over the years. She was Mrs. Martini in It's a Wonderful Life (2014), Erin Schultz in Legally Blonde (2015) and Ophelia/Zombie for I Hate Shakespeare (2017). She has also worked on set design for Into the Woods (2015-2016) and sound and set for Drowsy Chaperone (2018) Grace has been in dance lessons and choreographing independently since 2011. She has also been performing as a singer since she was 4 years old! While a sophomore in high school, she was in a competitive Performing arts magnet program at Broadneck High School. While a senior in high school she competed in the New Jersey Drama Forensics League and became a member of the International Thespian Society. Since high school, she has been enrolled at Carroll Community College and taking part in their dance club there. She is excited to be a part of Barrier-Free this year and can't wait to create together!
Grace will be joining both Company A & B for our 2019-2020 season!
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Become a Mentor
Mentoring is the best way to get involved at Barrier-Free and involves direct, on-the-ground work. By taking on the role as a mentor, you are a part of the creative, inclusive theater process. Mentors assist actors on and offstage during rehearsals and shows, model appropriate social interactions, and build deep, meaningful relationships with our actors. Mentoring is the most rewarding, joy-filled work and a great way to give back to the community.
Mentoring involves committing to at least one Inclusive Theater Company and attending rehearsals from 6:30-8PM, September - March.
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We have new additions to our outstanding Barrier-Free staff.
Laura Stall, content creator
Laura is very excited to be working with Barrier-Free! She has always been passionate about working with people with disabilities, and after volunteering backstage for a few Barrier-Free shows, she decided she wanted to do more. As an avid writer, Laura feels the best way to help is to write! Her focus will be on the Barrier-Free blog and social media, so you can expect to see her observing rehearsals and shows, taking notes and drafting up a post for the website.
Outside of Barrier-Free, Laura works as an administrative assistant in Washington, D.C. You can also find her writing a story, or working towards her MFA in Creative Nonfiction. She is always writing, and very excited to use that to help Barrier-Free grow!
Jen Shillingburg, assistant director company b
Jen Shillingburg has been working with Barrier-Free of Maryland since its inception in Westminster and has been assisting Britt in drama therapy for adults with disabilities for a bit longer than that. She is also a baccalaureate of McDaniel College, with degrees in theatre and psychology. When not working with Barrier-Free, she is a life skills coach for individuals with disabilities as well as an after-school musical theatre teacher to middle school students where she and her co-teacher create original scripts for their end-of-term performances.
Jen can be seen in rehearsals, on the stage, and running around backstage during performances moving the scenery, pulling the curtain, aiding actors, and selling raffle tickets during intermission. Barrier-Free is well worth the extra cardio!
Moving On Up! Barrier-Free's very own Gary Jolbitado has been pivotal to Barrier-Free's success in recent years. We are so proud to welcome him to his new role as Assistant Director for Company A!
Gary Jolbitado, assistant director company a
Barrier-Free's team is expanding and we still have other positions available.
Become a Mentor Mentoring is the best way to get involved at Barrier-Free and involves direct, on-the-ground work. By taking on the role as a mentor, you are a part of the creative, inclusive theater process. Mentors assist actors on and offstage during rehearsals and shows, model appropriate social interactions, and build deep, meaningful relationships with our actors. Mentoring is the most rewarding, joy-filled work and a great way to give back to the community.
Mentoring involves committing to at least one Inclusive Theater and attending rehearsals from 6:30-8PM, September - March.
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