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Craft & Skill

Imagination & Verve

Passion & Possibility

Libby Barnard (she/her/hers) is an actor, teaching artist, producer, and cat whisperer. She is a recent MFA graduate from Shakespeare Theatre Company's Academy for Classical Acting, in association with George Washington University (try saying that 5 times fast!)


Described as a mix between a Disney Princess and Xena the Warrior Princess, Libby is bold, curious and tenacious. She is known for creating characters who balance their strength & resilience with their deep vulnerability.  Whether it’s in a highly-physical comedy or a grounded, emotionally-available drama, in both classical and daring new work, Libby aligns her guts, intellect, and imagination in all her characters.


Before pursuing her M.F.A., you could find Libby wandering the mountains of the Pacific Northwest in Seattle, WA. She’s ecstatic to continue her adventures in the NY & D.C. areas.


Current Projects

March-April 2024

Don't miss Libby as Harriet in Keiko Green's The Bed Trick at Seattle Shakespeare Company

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You Just Missed 

March 2023

Libby directed her swift, punchy adaptation of The Two Noble Kinsmen at Teatro LATEA for The Mechanicals NYC.

Oct -Nov 2022 

Libby made her NYC debut in Twelfth Night at The Flea Theatre with The Mechanicals NYC.

Nov-Dec 2021 

Libby starred as Isabel in Athol Fugard's My Children, My Africa! at DC's Washington Stage Guild's -- the company's first in-person production since 2020! 

Libby just wrapped a Zoom reading of Desdemona: A Play About a Handkerchief by Paula Vogel.


Other Zoom readings over the year include: Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries, Don Nigro’s Seascape with Sharks and Dancer, Yaroslava Pulinovich's one-woman play Natasha's Dream, and Edward Albee's Three Tall Women.


Listen to Libby as Juliet in The Academy for Classical Acting’s Radio Play Romeo and Juliet


Explore Libby's experience graduating during the pandemic at GW's NEXT Exhibition



Read DC Theatre Scene’s interview with Libby about the process of playing Juliet in the ACA Radio Reps, alongside playwright Aaron Posner, Program Director Alec Wild, and actor Sam Parrott

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