I am a New York based director and an award-winning choreographer with an emphasis on new work development.
New York credits include the Broadway revival of Gigi (Associate Director, directed by Eric Schaeffer) starring Vanessa Hudgens, Cagney (currently running Off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre, 2 Drama Desk/3 Outer Critics Circle Award nominations), Hard Times (NY Innovative Theatre Award Nominee for Best Choreography, NY Times Critics’ Pick), I Have Confidence: Rodgers After Hammerstein (92Y's Lyrics & Lyricists) with Karen Ziemba and Betsy Wolfe (directed by Lorin Latarro), Cheryl Stern's Shoes & Baggage (The Cell), I Married Wyatt Earp at 59E59 Theatres (Prospect Theater Co./NY Theatre Barn), Charlotte’s Web (Theatreworks USA, National Tour), Supersoldier (by Hair co-creator Jim Rado), Michael John LaChiusa’s Marie Christine (3LD), The Legend of Julie Taylor (Fringe NYC), King Kong (workshop), plus productions at Transport Group, NYMF, Culture Project.
Regional/International: 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 (Associate Director, directed by Lorin Latarro), Carrie (MSU, recipient of SDCF's Guest Artist Initiative program), Nine and Die Fledermaus (Music Academy International, Italy), Fall in Love (Seoul, Korea), plus Goodspeed Musicals and DC’s Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre.
Artistic Director: New York Theatre Barn, a Manhattan based theatre company dedicated to incubating new musicals that tell untold stories. Member: Stage Directors and Choreographers Society. BFA: The Hartt School. Teaching: Broadway For All, Inside Broadway, Actors Connection, TVI Actors Studio, Music Academy International (Italy), Michigan State University, SSTI, Stagelighter.com. Conceiver/co-writer of Sticks + Stones, a new musical about bullying told through the eyes of teenagers, and co-conceiver/director of Small Town Story, a new musical about a controversial high school production of Rent (inspired by true events).
Upcoming: the New York premiere of A Taste of Things to Come (York Theatre Company).
"Hard Times bursts with vitality...The choreography, by Joe Barros, morphs Irish step-dancing into something close to tap...By the end of the evening, the audience is up, cheering and stamping. "
New York Times
"Choreographer Joe Barros delivers robust dancing based on Irish and African-American traditions."
"Silkily directed by Joe Barros." (Shoes & Baggage, The Cell)
"The show is expertly crafted and directed by Joe Barros."
"Director Joe Barros made clever use of the space...with his strong, focused, directorial hand."
NY Theatre Guide
“Under the skillful direction of Joe Barros, the Charlotte’s Web company found the right combination of telling the story truthfully and keeping their young audience engaged and on the edge of their seats.”
DC Metro Arts
“A fast number about theater geeks obsessively tweeting is the highlight. Fortunately, director-choreographer Joe Barros keeps the able cast moving at an accelerated rate.” (The Legend of Julie Taymor, Fringe NYC)
“With a spirited cast under the swift comical guidance of director/choreographer Joe Barros, this musical has everything the bland bore at the Foxwoods lacks." (The Legend of Julie Taymor, Fringe NYC)
“…an overall feisty production…A particular highlight is “Tweet, Tweet, Tweet,” that finds audience members of the first Broadway preview [Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark] live blogging their disgust at all the stoppages.”
"The comically choreographed numbers use the space well, especially with the full ensemble ("The Orgy" is a standout)."
NEW YORK POST
“… wonderfully directed and choreographed by Joe Barros.”
"The six-person chorus of Reefer Madness is consistently excellent. Period appropriate, enthusiastic yet disciplined, they steal the show and Joe Barros' choreography helps them do it."