Staff Spotlight: Libby Barnard

  1. What do you do at TPS?
    I’m one of the Program Assistants, and my main focus is our Rentals and Booking Contracts, including tending to the physical studio and theatre spaces. If you’re rented one of our studios, you’ve been in contact with me. Hi!
  2. Where are you from? How did you end up here?
    I was born in Glendale, California but I spend most of my childhood in Reno, Nevada . . . The Biggest Little City in the World! I went to undergrad at Southern Oregon University in Ashland, OR where, after graduating, I was part of the acting company at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for two seasons. On my off days, I’d make the trip up to Seattle to audition, and everything just felt right here. And BAM, here I am! 
  3. When did you first join TPS and why?
    I joined TPS the year before I moved up to Seattle so I could attend the Unified General Auditions and make connections before committing to the move. 
  4.  We just announced the dates for the 2018 Unified General Auditions (UGAs). Do you have any UGA stories?
    My very first general audition is the most memorable: I didn’t live in Seattle yet, so I didn’t know anyone or really where I was going, so I left extra time for myself to get everything settled. Well, it must have been the one time in the history of Seattle when there wasn’t any traffic so I arrived SUPER early . . . and I progressively got more and more nervous for the impending audition. I chose the “loud” warm-up room to be around other nutty people. Eventually it was my turn, and I stepped out on stage and immediately felt more at ease. This was why I made the trip to audition, and I was here to have fun and introduce myself to Seattle. I don’t remember most of the whirlwind, but I do remember not being able to finish my second piece because the auditors were laughing so hard at it . . . it was a comedic monologue, in case anyone was worried. 
  5. What’s something most people don’t know about you?
    I’m actually a really shy person, but hide it pretty well. When I was a kid, I was the classic fire-cracker, ginger wild child, but somewhere in college I became the introvert I am today. I love being alone, but I also love people . . . it just takes me a little longer to warm up and then to decompress.
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