Drew Barr has directed productions of new, modern, and classical plays and musicals for theaters across the United States and around the world. He directed the Dutch-language premiere of the National Theatre of London’s War Horse, which opened the 2013 Holland Festival at Amsterdam’s Royal Carré Theatre before a year-long tour of the Netherlands and Belgium. For the National Theatre, he also directed the Australian premiere of War Horse, which ran in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. He was the Resident Director for War Horse on Broadway at Lincoln Center Theater. Also on Broadway, Drew served as associate director for Simon McBurney’s acclaimed revival of All My Sons by Arthur Miller, starring John Lithgow, Dianne Wiest, Patrick Wilson and Katie Holmes, as well as Nicholas Hytner’s productions of Sweet Smell of Success and Twelfth Night.
Drew’s other New York directing credits include the premiere of Neal Brennan’s one man show, 3 Mics, which played at the Lynn Redgrave Theater and was recently turned into a film for Netflix. He directed revivals of Brian Friel’s Lovers and Frank Marcus’s The Killing of Sister George for The Actors Company Theater (TACT) at the Clurman Theater, as well as the Off-Broadway premieres of Adam Bock’s The Typographer’s Dream and Karl Gajdusek’s Greedy, for Clubbed Thumb.
Regionally, Drew has directed for such companies as Great Lakes Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, PlayMakers Repertory Company, Portland Stage Company, Perseverance Theatre, Boise Contemporary Theater, The Actors Company Theater, Clubbed Thumb and Page 73.
In addition to work as a private coach, Drew has directed and guest taught for many of the country’s leading actor training programs, including the Juilliard School, NYU’s Graduate Acting Program, SUNY Purchase, the University of Delaware’s PTTP, the University of Washington’s School of Drama, the Department of Dramatic Art at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, the University of Southern California School of Dramatic Arts, and the Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles.
As an actor, Drew appeared on Broadway in Wendy Wasserstein’s An American Daughter. He was a founding member of East Coast Artists, a performance collective under the leadership of Richard Schechner, with whom Drew devised and performed in Faust/gastronome, The Three Sisters and Amerika. He toured the country as a member of Maurice Sendak’s national children’s theater, The Night Kitchen, playing the role of Alligator in the Sendak/Carol King musical, Really Rosie. In addition to roles at regional theaters, he had a recurring role on the ABC-TV soap opera One Life to Live and appears in the films, Lazy Eye, Memorial Day, Sixteen Candles, and Class.
Degrees, Studies and Affiliations M.F.A. Graduate Acting Program of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; A.B., Drama (with Honors), Stanford University; SDC, AEA.