Keara is an actor, producer, and writer from Vancouver, B.C. She graduated from The University of Victoria in 2009 with her BFA in Theatre and has gone to work with theatre companies around the world. Upon graduation she moved to Dublin, Ireland where she spent three years working at the Abbey Theatre: The National Theatre of Ireland, and the Gaiety Theatre.
Since her return to Vancouver in 2013 she co-founded Standing Room Only Theatre, a Vancouver based theatre company that seeks to produce both established plays and new writing. She also maintains a position as a blogger for the Greater Vancouver Professional Theatre Alliance. Keara studied at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute in New York and most recently completed the Arts Club Actors Intensive.
Recent credits include: Her one woman show Almost a Stepmom (2016 Calgary Fringe Festival & 2016 Shift One Act Festival), Moll in Moll (SRO Theatre/Celticfest Vancouver 2016), The Motherers (2016 Pull Festival), Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (Standing Room Only Theatre), Olya the Child (2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival), Almost a Stepmom (2015 Victoria Fringe Festival), The Weir (Standing Room Only Theatre), Hug (Edinburgh International Fringe Festival), The Mikado and The Hollow (Metro Theatre), Waiting for Ghostbusters (Genus Theatre), Phoebe in As you Like it (Kaleidoscope Theatre), as well as various short films.
Keara is the recent recipient of the Emerging Artist Award at the 2016 Calgary Fringe Festival. http://www.kearabarnes.com
A British National, Joe has been active in the Vancouver theatre scene in many capacities since 2013; he sat on the Board of Directors for Metro Theatre and currently volunteers for several other arts organizations in Vancouver, including the GVPTA and the Vancouver Opera. Most recently, Joe directed Go Back for Murder (2015) at Metro Theatre and Assistant Directed SRO’s sell-out run of The Weir (2015). He was also fortunate enough to work on The Switch (2015), the world’s first Transgender sitcom.
Joe is extremely proud to have worked with some gifted individuals as the Consultant Director on Death In a Dumpster, a musical written and directed by disadvantaged and at-risk youth, which premiered at the Waterfront Theatre in November 2015. Joe also taught drama classes at Quantum Day Program and assisted with the direction of SRO’s world premiere of Almost a Stepmom (written by Keara Barnes). Joe was last seen on stage in SRO’s production of Moll as Father Brest and is looking forward to producing their next production, 12 Angry Jurors as well as continuing to work as construction lead and set decorator on various on-going films.