Gabriel Barre is an internationally acclaimed director who most recently directed the new musical Amazing Grace on Broadway at the Nederlander Theatre. He also co-created the new musical Magic To Do with Stephen Schwartz and Mark Hartman for Princess Cruises. In Prague, Czech Republic, he directed another original musical, Carmen, now seeing a revival after its four year sold out run. His credits in the United States include the New York productions of The Wild Party by Andrew Lippa (nominated for 13 Drama Desk Awards and 5 Outer Critics Circle awards, both including Best Director and for which he won the Calloway Award), Summer of ʼ42, Stars in Your Eyes, Honky-Tonk Highway, John & Jen and Almost, Maine. He directed the U.S. and Canadian tour of Pippin, as well as the national tour of Rodger and Hammersteinʼs Cinderella, starring Eartha Kitt. His regional theatre credits include, Private Lives at Seattle Repertory Theatre, Tom Jones, Camelot and the world premiere productions of Memphis, at the North Shore Music Theatre in Boston and at Theatreworks in California; Sweeney Todd, Finianʼs Rainbow, Houdini and many other new musicals at the Goodspeed Opera House; Stand By Your Man at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville; Hay Fever and Pericles at the Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Little Shop of Horrors and Flower Drum Song at the American Musical Theatre of San Jose; as well as Tommy, Hair and Loveʼs Labours Lost at the Connecticut Repertory Theatre. As an actor, he has been nominated for a Tony Award as Best Actor in a Musical and appears often in film and on TV.
ImaGEN is a collaborative venture between the MSU College of Arts and Letters’ Department of Theatre and the MSUFCU Institute for Arts & Creativity at Wharton Center.