Barter Partnership


E&H Theatre Department, in official association with Barter Theatre, the state theatre of Virginia

As an artistic director and one immersed in live theatre every day of my life in what has become one of the nation's most vital regional theatres, I experience on a regular basis how significant it is that students of theatre immerse themselves in a liberal arts education. Those young actors who have had a well-rounded and all encompassing liberal arts education are better prepared, more fully understand the human condition, more thoroughly explore the depths and the heights of what theatre is really meant to do, and, in general, succeed and move forward in our theatre at a faster pace for having been given the insight and knowledge that only liberal arts can give. For me, understanding literature, philosophy, psychology, sociology and all of the combined aspects that make up a well-rounded, liberal arts education are essential to success within the world of art and theatre.

Richard Rose,
Producing Artistic Director, Barter Theatre

Barter Theatre (Theater) in Abingdon, Virginia


The E&H Theatre Department operates in a unique and powerful association with the Barter Theatre, a professional LORT D Equity House located in Abingdon, Va, ten minutes away from the Emory & Henry campus. Students receive personalized attention from the high quality professional theatre-makers at the Barter Theatre who take a vested interest in your career as a student in the department.

As part of this partnership students are:

  •   Seeing 10+ shows a year at the Barter Theatre followed by customized talkback sessions only for Emory & Henry Theatre students.

  •  Experiencing workshops and master classes given regularly by Barter professionals.

  •   Observing rehearsals, meetings, and shop hours at the Barter as part of our Observership program.

  •   Mentored one-on-one with professionals from the Barter as part of our Mentorship program.

  •   Auditioned for The Barter Players in a private Emory & Henry only audition.


Fight Choreography workshop with Rod Kinter, guest-artist at Barter Theatre
Fight Choreography workshop with Rod Kinter, guest-artist at Barter Theatre
E&H Theatre Major artistic staff meets Department first-year (freshman) students
E&H Theatre Major artistic staff meets Department first-year (freshman) students