Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Joe Barros is a New York-based stage director and award-winning choreographer with an emphasis on new work development. Joe is currently the associate director of the musical Cagney (directed by Bill Castellino; choreographed by Josh Bergasse), currently running Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre.
New York credits include the Broadway revival of Gigi (associate director, directed by Eric Schaeffer) starring Vanessa Hudgens, I Married Wyatt Earp Off-Broadway at 59E59 Theatres (Prospect Theater Co./NY Theatre Barn), Hard Times (NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominee for Best Choreography, NY Times Critics’ Pick), Debra Barsha and Hollye Levin's A Taste of Things to Come (associate director, directed by Lorin Latarro, York Theatre Company), the world premiere of Cheryl Stern's Shoes & Baggage (The Cell), I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein (92Y/Lyrics & Lyricists), Charlotte’s Web (Theatreworks USA, National Tour), Supersoldier (by Hair co-creator Jim Rado), Michael John LaChiusa’s Marie Christine (3LD/Columbia), The Legend of Julie Taymor (Fringe NYC), plus productions at Transport Group, NYMF, and Culture Project.
Regional/International productions include Beaches at Chicago's Drury Lane (associate director, directed by Eric Schaeffer, choreography by Lorin Latarro) starring Shoshana Bean and Whitney Bashor, the world premiere of A Taste of Things to Come at Bucks County Playhouse, the world premiere of Brother Russia and The Haunted Hotel at DC’s Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre, For Tonight at Goodspeed Musicals and Michigan State University, Carrie at Michigan State University (recipient of SDCF's Guest Artist Initiative program), Small Town Story at The Hartt School (also co-conceived), Nine and Die Fledermaus (Music Academy International, Italy), Fall in Love (Seoul, Korea), and workshops/readings of King Kong and Mommie Dearest.
Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. Artistic Director: New York Theatre Barn – a Manhattan-based theatre company dedicated to incubating and producing new musicals that tell untold stories. Teaching: Broadway For All, Inside Broadway, TVI Actors Studio, Actors Connection, Music Academy International, Michigan State University, Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute, Western Carolina University, Stagelighter.com. BFA: The Hartt School.
Choreography for films include Mangus with Jennifer Coolidge, Leslie Jordan and John Waters, and Petunia with Christine Lahti, Thora Birch, and Michael Urie (both written/produced by Ash Christian).
With Vince Peterson, Joe co-conceived/wrote Sticks + Stones, a new musical about bullying told through the eyes of teenagers. Joe is currently collaborating on a musical adaptation of the film The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra with Peterson and the film's screenwriter Larry Blamire, and a musical about Ryan White (written with Ryan Haase). Joe also conceived Small Town Story (by Sammy Buck and Brandon James Gwinn), a new musical about two families in a North Texas town who struggle with a community battle ignited by a high school production of the musical Rent (inspired by true events).
Upcoming: Chris Reza's Question 1, Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical, R.C. Staab/Aaron Latina's How the Westons Won, and the world premiere of Marc Acito and Amy Englehardt's Bastard Jones.