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About Barbara Anger


DESCRIPTION OF PROFESSIONAL WORK
Barbara Anger has been working professionally in the theatre since 1974, with a Masters in Theatre received in 1990 from Vermont College of Norwich U. She is probably best known for her work with Mischief Mime Theatre Co. where she toured nationally teaching and performing original theatre pieces. Her performances are a unique blend of theatre, mime, improvisation and storytelling. They are witty and thought provoking including ideas about relationships and communication. She uses original tales, Aesop fables and myths to create shows for young people.

Her performance work includes stints off Broadway and at many theatres, colleges, and elementary and secondary schools across the country.

Barbara has been an acting professor at Ithaca College since 1985. There she also directs an interactive theatre piece, Date At Eight, that she wrote. This powerful piece about date rape has been performed at Cornell U., Wells College and in January 2001 at Binghamton U. The last two years Barbara has directed monologues for Ithaca College's participation in the V-Day Initiative.

Barbara has been a teaching artist with the Southern Tier Institute for 10 years and has done some performing and teaching with the Institute in Syracuse. She's directed for the Hangar Theatre's children's touring show and continues to do solo performances in the Southern Tier Schools as a BOCES approved artist.

Before devoting herself full time to theatre Barbara worked as a commercial artist doing illustration, past-up and lay-out work, site drawings for engineers and lay-outs for a silk screen house. During this time she also worked creatively making soft sculptures, assemblages, drawings, paintings and prints. Her interest in the visual arts has continued even while working on her theatre pieces. She has now taken a great interest in book making and computer art and continues to create visual art work.

WORK IN THE EDUCATION FIELD
For 25 years Barbara has been teaching students from preschool through college, as well as, adults and senior citizens. She's been a featured performer and teacher at several N.Y.S. Arts in Education Conferences. Other workshops include N.Y.S. Educators Conference, N.Y.S., Council for Children, and N.Y.S. Very Special Children's Arts Festival. She's been a Teaching Artist for the Institute for Aesthetic Education in Syracuse at the Cultural Resource Center and for over a decade at the Southern Tier Institute. Her teaching includes many residencies with schools through NYFA and BOCES. For several years she taught drama classes to young people in a low income housing project sponsored by a City of Ithaca and HUD arts program. The list goes on to teaching acting, storytelling and mime at the Tompkins County Senior Citizens Center, adult and children's classes at Mischief Mime Studio, and in arts camps at the the Community School of Music and Art and Ithaca Ballet. In the past she's taught year long residencies at Greene Intermediate School through an Empire State Partnership Grant (ESP) and in Watkins Glen through a Cultural Arts Grant for the Kindergarten. A third shorter residency was at the elementary school in Bath, N.Y. Last year she did another year long residency at Greene Intermediate and a shorter one at Ithaca H.S. both through ESP Grants. She continues to teach acting to drama majors and non majors at Ithaca College.



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