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Barbara Montgomery, director

Barbara Montgomery

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Barbara Montgomery, Director

Barbara Montgomery’s fantastic theatrical journey began in the early off-off Broadway movement of the mid-60’s at The Old Reliable Theater, Café LaMaMa, Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre, The WPA, and Negro Ensemble Company, after which she performed at regional theaters throughout the country: Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Arena Stage in Buffalo, Cricket Theatre, Coconut Grove Playhouse, Yale Repertory Theatre, A Contemporary Theatre, and Long Wharf Theater, in productions of Genet’s The Blacks, No Place to be Somebody, The Amen Corner, and Oedipus Rex, to mention but a few. She toured internationally with La MaMa Tours from locations as far distant as Spoleto, Italy to Persia in productions of A Rat’s Mass, As You Like It, Macbeth, and The Cotton Club.

On Broadway, Ms. Montgomery has appeared in Raisin: The Musical, My Sister, My Sister, The First Breeze of Summer, Kennedy’s Children, Inacent Black, and The Tap Dance Kid. In 1983 she co-founded and was Artistic Director of Black Women In Theatre, Inc, where she compiled and directed The Actress. On television, Ms. Montgomery has appeared as series regular on “Amen” and “Married People”, and movies of the week “Evergreen”, “Women of Brewster Place”, “Polly”, and “Polly One More Time”, and as a guest artist on “Fresh Prince”, “Living Single”, “Women of the House”, and “Dave’s World.”

Ms. Montgomery directed Out of the South, three one act plays by Paul Green at La MaMa ETC if 1997, conceived, wrote and directed Cacao Dolce (Sweet Chocolate) at La MaMa Umbria in Italy in 1999, directed Hymn to the Raising Sun by Paul Green at La MaMa ETC in 2000, and conceived and directed Linizo del Dolore (The Beginning of Sorrows) at La MaMa Umbria in 2002. She has been Director in Residence for Opera Ebony for two seasons, and there directed The Meeting, Harriet Tubman/Frederick Douglas, and Blues in a Broken Tongue written by Leslie Lee. Ms. Montgomery continues to conduct acting workshops and looks forward to directing her first film, “Mitote” and the documentary “Hendy: The Life of Jeanine Hendy, an African-Italian.”

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