Brianna Barnes is a storyteller, songwriter, and creator. When she’s not performing or auditioning, she loves making music on her acoustic guitar, baking desserts for her friends, and coming up with new ways to make her WaHi apartment a home. She shares life with her husband of three years, Dylan, who lovingly supports her passionate pursuit of a life in the arts and constantly makes her laugh.
Brianna grew up in Mansfield, Ohio where she played many leading roles in their local regional theaters, including the title roles in MARY POPPINS and Rodger's and Hammerstein's CINDERELLA. She went on to receive her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from The University of Cincinnati-College Conservatory of Music (CCM). There, Brianna starred as leading ladies, Lizzie Curry (110 IN THE SHADE), Mrs. Lyons (BLOOD BROTHERS), and Nettie Fowler (CAROUSEL) of which she received dazzling reviews. She was nominated for Best Actress by The League of Cincinnati Theaters for her portrayal of Louise in GYPSY at The Covedale Center For The Performing Arts in 2014.
Upon graduation, Brianna has performed in the ensembles of MAMMA MIA (Theatre Aspen), SOME PEOPLE HEAR THUNDER (Capital Rep), THE DROWSY CHAPERONE (The Wick) and BRIGADOON (The Wick). She finished 2018 touring the country as Lucy in The National Tour of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE! She is currently the Female Swing, Phoebe u/s for A GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO LOVE AND MURDER at The Engeman Theater in Long Island, NY.
Brianna also enjoys songwriting and composing original music. She wrote and directed her first original work, LET THERE BE LIGHT which premiered in NYC this summer at The Hudson Guild Theater and took home the prize for BEST MUSICAL and BEST SCORE at The New York Theatre Festival 2018. Her songs, "Illuminate the Night" and "United" were chosen to be performed at The NYMF 2017 United We Stand Concert.
Brianna was seen across the country playing LUCY in The National Tour of A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS LIVE!
Brianna’s original musical, LET THERE BE LIGHT, won Best Musical/Play and Best Score at The New York Theatre Festival’s Summerfest 2018!
Brianna understudied Fiona and performed in the ensemble of BRIGADOON at THE WICK THEATRE in Boca Raton, FL!
Brianna made her South Florida debut in THE DROWSY CHAPERONE at THE WICK THEATRE in Boca Raton! (Pictured Above, Far Left)
Brianna's original songs, "Illuminate the Night'" and "United" from her musical, Let There Be Light, have been chosen to be performed at NYMF 2017 (New York Musical Festival) for the UNITED WE STAND Concert July 28 and 29, 2017 at Green Room 42 in YOTEL!