about the composer
EDWARD BARNES is an award-winning producer, composer and public speaker. His work has been seen on and off-Broadway, in concert halls, opera houses and theaters around the world.
A graduate of the Juilliard School, he is the winner of Guggenheim and NEA Fellowships, the Stephen Sondheim Award for “innovative musical theater”, and has been a resident artist at Ucross (Wyoming), Fundación Valparaíso (Spain), and the Instituto Sacatar (Brazil). Edward’s producing credits include Tracy Letts’ play, Superior Donuts, on Broadway, You Are Here for NyLon Fusion Collective off-Broadway, Ricky Ian Gordon’s The Grapes of Wrath at Carnegie Hall (starring Jane Fonda, Nathan Gunn and Victoria Clark), Gordon’s A Coffin In Egypt (starring Frederica von Stade) for Lincoln Center’s American Songbook, and recordings of Kurt Weill’s Knickerbocker Holiday (Ghostlight/Sh-k-boom Records) and The Road of Promise (Naxos Records).
A leading non-profit administrator, Edward has served as Executive Director of Gotham Chamber Opera, Producing Director of MasterVoices, and Managing Director of American Lyric Theater. He additionally leads sold-out seminars on musical theater, rock-n-roll, jazz and other popular music at RoundTable Cultural Seminars in New York, and is a frequent public speaker at many corporate and private events.
“Extraordinarily talented in the realm of dramatic musical ideas, Barnes knows how to transmute poetry and music into a work of art.”
THE NEW YORK TIMES