Joe Barros is a New York-based stage director and award-winning choreographer with an emphasis on new work development and actor-driven storytelling. Joe has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally.
New York credits include the Broadway revival of Gigi (associate director, directed by Eric Schaeffer) starring Vanessa Hudgens and Victoria Clark, Cagney which ran Off-Broadway for over a year at the Westside Theatre (associate director, directed by Bill Castellino), the New York premiere of Dan Elish and Douglas Cohen’s The Evolution of Mann (starring Max Crumm and Allie Trimm), the world premiere of Marc Acito and Amy Engelhardt’s critically acclaimed rock musical Bastard Jones Off-Broadway at The Cell, Nine at CAP21/Molloy College, Out of the Box Theatrics’ Alice in Alice’s (Alice in Wonderland at Alice’s Tea Cup with a company of actors with disabilities, co-writer, world premiere at Weathervane Theatre), I Married Wyatt Earp 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, Bucks County Playhouse, Broadway in Chicago), the world premiere of Cheryl Stern's Shoes & Baggage (The Cell), the world premiere of How the Westons Won (immersive production, produced by Out of the Box Theatrics), Nancy Drew (workshop, associate director to Lorin Latarro), I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein (92Y/L&L), Charlotte’s Web (Theatreworks USA, National Tour), Supersoldier (by Hair co-creator Jim Rado), Michael John LaChiusa’s Marie Christine (3LD/Columbia University), The Legend of Julie Taymor (Fringe NYC), plus productions at Transport Group, NYMF, and Culture Project. With New York Theatre Barn, Joe produced the new musical Sam's Room, inspired by real stories of nonverbal teens who find a way to communicate.
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, For Tonight at Goodspeed Musicals and Michigan State University, the world premiere of Brother Russia and The Haunted Hotel at DC’s Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre, Aida at Singapore’s LASALLE College of the Arts, Carrie at Michigan State University (recipient of SDCF's Guest Artist Initiative program), Small Town Story at The Hartt School (also co-conceived), Tuck Everlasting, Bright Star, Cabaret, Catch Me if You Can, My Way, and Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute), the world premieres of The Mysterious Candy Factory and Mini Lover (Kaixinmahua, Shanghai), Nine and Die Fledermaus (Music Academy International, Italy), Fall in Love (Seoul, Korea), and workshops/readings of King Kong, Eastbound (by Khiyon Hursey/Cheeyang Ng), and Mommie Dearest (by Christina Crawford and David Nehls).
Choreography for films include Nanay Ko with Paolo Montalban (written by Mallorie Ortega), 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).
Awards: The Drama League’s 2018 First Stage Residency, 2017 BroadwayWorld Regional Award/Best Choreography, SDCF's Guest Artist Initiative recipient, and 2013 New York Innovative Theatre Award Nominee/Best Choreography.
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. BFA: The Hartt School. Teaching: Broadway For All (Musical Theatre Division Director), New York Film Academy, Inside Broadway, TVI Actors Studio, Actors Connection, Music Academy International, Michigan State University, Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute (SSTI), Western Carolina University, SUNY New Paltz, Shenandoah Conservatory, San Francisco Arts Education Project, Stagelighter.com.
With Ryan Hasse, Joe is currently writing a new musical about Ryan White, the teenage hemophiliac who became the poster child for AIDS in the 1980’s (with an all-teenage cast). 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: Mommie Dearest, Love and Yogurt! (New York production), A New Brain (Five Towns College), and readings of the new musical Frankie and the new play Queen of the Coast.