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. This past summer, Joe choreographed the world premiere of Marc Acito and Amy Engelhardt’s critically acclaimed rock musical Bastard Jones Off-Broadway at The Cell, and directed an immersive staging of the two-person comedy The Owl and the Pussycat at Alice’s Tea Cup (Out of the Box Theatrics).
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; choreographed by Josh Bergasse), 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/L&L), 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, For Tonight at Goodspeed Musicals and Michigan State University, 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, Carrie at Michigan State University (recipient of SDCF's Guest Artist Initiative program), Small Town Story at The Hartt School (also co-conceived), Catch Me if You Can and Tenderly: The Rosemary Clooney Musical (Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute), 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 (book by Christina Crawford, score by Christina Crawford/David Nehls).
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).
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 (Musical Theatre Division Director), Inside Broadway, TVI Actors Studio, Actors Connection, Music Academy International, Michigan State University, Southeastern Summer Theatre Institute, Western Carolina University, San Francisco Arts Education Project, Stagelighter.com. BFA: The Hartt School.
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). With Vince Peterson, Joe co-conceived/wrote Sticks + Stones, a new musical about bullying told through the eyes of teenagers. 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: Love is Blind, Road to Heaven: The Jonathan Lee Musical, Sam's Room (NAMT), and a developmental production of Sam's Room - a new musical that heightens our awareness about the world of the disabled and nonverbal.