Theatre students attend a talk-back after a Barter Theatre production engaging one-on-one with th... Theatre students attend a talk-back after a Barter Theatre production engaging one-on-one with the directors.

Barter Theatre Partnership

We share a unique partnership with the Barter Theatre– the state theatre of Virginia–extending real professional theatre training and connections for all students!

This formal partnership allows Emory & Henry theatre students to become acquainted with the Barter players, company, and cast members. The partnership allows for theatre students at Emory & Henry to gain experience in the professional theatre world before graduating and seeking jobs in the theatre profession.

In addition, students have the opportunity to:

  • gain access to Barter Theatre internships
  • attend up to ten Barter productions a year
  • attend the actor talk-backs following each show 
  • observe the everyday working of the theatre from production to rehearsals
  • participate in masterclasses and workshops
  • mentorships based on your interest to learn one-on-one from a Barter professional
  • personalized auditions

The main stage of the historic Barter Theatre in Abingdon. The main stage of the historic Barter Theatre in Abingdon.

Several company and cast members from the Barter Theatre teach academic courses for Emory & Henry College providing a hands-on opportunity for learning as well. 

Kevin Dudley, professor of Design and Production, designs productions for the Barter Theatre and Dr. Kelly Bremner works with burgeoning playwrights as well.