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 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):