Barbara Pitcher has directed over 35 productions in NYC in over 25 venues and was awarded the Jean Dalrymple Award for Best Director in 1997 for Countenance and Heart Sounds. She has directed the works of Pinter, Chayesky, O’Neill, Shakespeare, Salinger, Chekov and opera composer Mark Grant, and has introduced over 18 new writers to the Manhattan theatre “scene.”
As a performer she worked in television for 11 years in The Doctors, Search For Tomorrow, The Haunting of Rosalind, Blessed Are The What, and many other day and prime time dramas.. Highlights of her theatre career include Y Is A Crooked Letter, opposite Al Pacino (directed by Alec Rubin), and the creation of Monica in Robert E. Lee’s Sounding Brass, Ariadne in Theatro. Her most recent film, Paté, has been seen worldwide, is an Official Sundance Selection, and has received over 15 awards, including The Grand Jury Award at Worldfest Film Festival, and was considered for an Academy Award. Significantly influencing her work both as a performer and director was her mentor, Lee Strasberg, (scholarship in famed Private Classes) and The Actors Studio where she “worked out” in the Actors, Directors, and Playwrights Units: exploring new or classical plays as an actor. Contrary to norms for Actors Studio work at he time, her involvement lead to the lead in the off Broadway play The Pearls Stay On.
She has served on the Board Of Directors for The New York Stage Company, as Vice President/Treasurer, The International Primal Association, and has been elected by membership to the Board of Governors for the National Television Arts and Sciences, one of two Actors, representing working members. Her invitation to be on the Blue Ribbon Panel judging Daytime Actors lasted 7 years and her judging extended on to the locals of Washington DC, Chicago and New York — in all areas.
For ten years she was Artistic Director and Director of Friends Theatre Company in Manhattan. She is currently a Permanent Resident Director of the American Theatre Of Actors, having directed 16 productions for them.
Barbara has a long history with Theatre Within as a performer and director. She has directed Joe Raiola in his solo shows Confessions Of An Ex-Standup, The Joy of Censorship, Almost Obscene and American Heretic. Her work at Theatre Within includes directing and collaborating on material with Alec Rubin, in dedication to the works of Anton Chekhov. She has conducted Theatre Within Workshops, performed in numerous early Annual John Lennon Tributes, and since 2005 has been the Production Director of the Annual John Lennon Tribute at Lincoln Center, Ailey Citigroup Theater, The Beacon Theatre, Le Poisson Rouge, and Symphony Space in NYC.
SAG-AFTRA, AEA. — Website: BarbaraPitcher.com