TheatreVCU

Barry Bell

Barry Bell is an Associate Professor of Theatre at Virginia Commonwealth University where he is Head of Undergraduate Performance and Instructor for all Second Year Acting Classes. A professional actor since the age of seventeen, Mr. Bell has had a varied career in the entertainment industry. Mr. Bell spent Ten years on the road in regional theatre, off and off-off Broadway, dinner theatre, outdoor drama and children’s theatre, touring from New York to Florida and as far west as Oklahoma and Idaho. He worked with the Theatre of Notre Dame, the New York Theatre Ensemble, The American Theatre of Actors and at The Players Club in New York City. As Ernest Hemingway in “The Tip of the Iceberg”, Mr. Bell appeared in various venues in Spain and France. Barry followed the touring with eleven years as the artistic director of the Barn Theatre in Greensboro, NC, directing over 117 shows. His directing credits include Brian Friels’ Lovers, Greater Tuna, You Can’t Take It With You, The Rainmaker, Wait Until Dark, On Golden Pond, The Mousetrap, How The Other Half Loves and over a dozen Musicals ranging from Chicago to Pump Boys and Dinettes to the campy Della’s Diner as guest director for Northern Kentucky University. Mr. Bell also won critical acclaim for his producBarry door phototion of Brecht on Brecht at the Theatre of Notre Dame in NYC. The last twenty-five years, he has spent working in Film and TV. His resume’ includes; guest-starring roles on Matlock, Walker Texas Ranger, Dawson’s Creek, Legacy, American Gothic, HBO’s From the Earth to the Moon and The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles. On film he has appeared in Maximum Overdrive, Morning, Bruno, Reuben, Reuben, Doomsday Man, and three dozen other TV and Feature Films. He has worked with; Shirley Maclaine, Gary Sinise, Kelly McGillis, Tom Conti, Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Mary Tyler Moore, Louis Gossett Jr and Yancy Butler (Witchblade). Mr. Bell can also be seen dying in the arms of Gina Gershon in the artsy thriller, This World, Then the Fireworks, which premiered at the Cannes film festival. Mr. Bell directed Hair, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Wait Until Dark, Dracula, The Who’s TOMMY, Dead Man’s Cell Phone, Sweeney Todd, Macbeth and the Virginia Premiere of Junta High for Theatre VCU. Onstage at VCU theatre he has performed Sir Anthony Absolute in The Rivals, Chebutykin in Three Sisters, King Aegeus in Medea, Chief Bromden in one Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest and Herr Schultz in Cabaret. Mr.Bell has been an adjudicator for the North Carolina Theatre Conference, American College Theatre festival and The Virginia Theatre Association. He has worked closely with the Film School at the North Carolina School of the Arts, Savannah College of Art and Design, the Dept.Of Film and TV at the University of North Carolina and North Carolina Public television. Mr. Bell is a Stanislavski trained actor whose influences include Meisner and Chekhov. He holds a BFA from The University of North Carolina, Greensboro and a MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. He is a member of Actors Equity, The Screen Actors Guild and The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.