John Raymond Barker is a professional actor, singer, writer, director, and voice over artist living in NYC. A Master of Fine Arts graduate from the University of Houston School of Theatre, John’s New York theatre credits include the lead in the new pop/rock musical, Avarice; playing 9 characters as the lead in a staged reading of the new musical, Dumped; Truman Capote in a staged reading of the new musical, Don’t Go Gently; co-creating and performing a new devised work with Stages on the Sound called Gold Coast at Metropolitan Playhouse’s Gilded Stage Festival; Felix/Priest in Madame Bovary the musical; Lee Feldman’s Greene (workshop); and appearances throughout the cabaret and rock club scene, including many appearances at the historical Stonewall Inn. Regional theatre credits include Theatre Under The Stars: What Ever Happened To Baby Jane? (World Premiere), Funny Girl, Grand Hotel, Zorro the Musical (World Premiere); 5th Avenue Musical Theatre Company: Grand Hotel; Alley Theatre: Christy in The Devil’s Disciple, A Flea in Her Ear; Stages Repertory Theatre: Shakespeare’s R&J (Houston Premiere), The Firebird (World Premiere); Stuart Ostrow’s Musical Theatre Lab/UH: Jerry Bock and Jerry Sterner’s 1040 (World Premiere); Children’s Theatre Festival: Jerry Bock and Sidney Berger’s The Magic Journey (World Premiere). John’s one-man shows/cabarets include When the Shenanigans Begin Again (the first ever online cabaret on Facebook Live), The Lady Gaga Christmas Spectacular, Live at the Kraine!, Under St. Marks, Vampire Drag Queen the pop cabaret, A Very Jerby Christmas, Jerby & Omari Tau Live! (Houston), Jerby With a Y, Jerby: Fully Loaded, Hello & Goodbye (Houston), and Bound for Broadway (Commerce, TX). John has created his own work on YouTube with characters ranging from a vampire drag queen to a flamboyant ex-gay to a Broadway zombie. John has also been a reoccurring guest on HuffPost Live, offering his opinion on a variety of topics from politics to entertainment. Television: A Crime to Remember. Film: Outside Hearing In, NSA Interviews, Coming Out, Bigger Than Fiction, King Mike, Atramentous. Recordings: Show Choir! The Musical Studio Recording, Avarice the Musical Cast Recording, Carols for a Cure Volume 12 with Bernadette Peters and the cast of A Little Night Music, “Vampire Drag Queen”.
All photos: Dylan Patrick
“Wrestling” from But I’m A Cheerleader lyric by Bill Augustin, music by Andrew Abrams:
“That’s All” lyric by Marcy Heisler, music by Zina Goldrich:
“Nobody Knows” from The Sensations at The Duplex on June 26, 2013:
“I Wanna Be Around” from Under St. Marks at the Theatre Under St. Marks on October 14, 2012 (includes a NSFW comic monologue):