Theatre faculty

Jeff Barker, M.F.A.

Northwestern College Endowed Professor of Theatre and Speech

M.F.A., University of South Dakota
M.A., Northern Illinois University
B.A., Seattle Pacific University

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The Iowa Professor of the Year for 2006, Jeff Barker has written more than 50 plays, including "Unspoken for Time," published by Dramatic Publishing, and "Kin: the Trial of Carrie Buck," a finalist for the Arlin Meyer Prize in 2005. Barker’s play "September Bears," about events surrounding 9/11, was featured on the FOX News Channel in 2003. In 2004, the DeWitt Theatre Arts Center opened with "And God Said," a musical Barker created in collaboration with Broadway composer Ron Melrose. This latter play, along with "Terror Texts: The Musical" and many others is part of the Ancient Hebrew Drama Project. Along with Dr. Tom Boogaart at Western Theological Seminary, Jeff is working to help the world reclaim performance literature drawn directly from the Old Testament.

Also a scholar of the interplay of story and worship, Jeff is the author of The Storytelling Church, which was published by Webber Institute Books, in association with Parson’s Porch Books, in 2011. He co-teaches the "Music and the Arts" course at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies, a doctoral-level program in Orange Park, Florida.



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    • Teaching Excellence Award, Northwestern College, 1991