Second Year Apprentices!


Gabrielle Bieder

Gabrielle is incredibly thrilled to be back for a second summer with the Barn. A New York native, Gabrielle just graduated from the Musical Theatre program at Northwestern University with a minor in Political Science. Last Spring, Gabrielle made her Chicago debut in the Jeff Nominated production of She Loves Me. She is also popular in the NYC cabaret scene, specifically as a singer in the ongoing series, 54 Below Sings Barbie. Most recently, Gabrielle starred as Halina in the world renowned play, Indecent. You may remember seeing Gabrielle on the Barn Stage as Nancy in Groundhog Day or Ruth in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. Other favorite theatrical credits include Wendla in Spring Awakening, Sophie in Mamma Mia!, and Cosette in Les Miserables. Gabrielle would like to extend tremendous thanks to her family for their unwavering encouragement and support.


Allena Evans

Allena (She/her) is happy to be returning for her second year at the Barn! She has a shiny new EMC card and a BFA in Music Theatre from Central Michigan University, where she played Audrey in Little Shop of Horrors and Kate in Sylvia. You also may recognize her from last year's Rock of Ages where she played Regina Koontz as well as her wonderful work all summer. She gives a big ole shoutout to friends, family, and partner for supporting her in everything she does.


Lizzie Maguire

Lizzie is so happy to be back at the Barn Theatre for her second year as an apprentice! Last year, Barn audiences saw her on the Mainstage in Rodger and Hammerstein’s CINDERELLA as a stepsister, in the ensembles of GROUNDHOG DAY and ROCK OF AGES, and Janet in THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW. She also performed in the 2022 Christmas Cabaret. A native of Oak Park, Illinois, she received her BFA in Music Theatre from Illinois Wesleyan University and made the move to New York City this past year. She would like to thank her family and loved ones for their absolutely endless support, encouragement, and love, and she is so grateful to everyone at the Barn for their collaboration in making this such an incredible place to work, grow, and create.

Michael Richards

Michael Richards

Michael is extremely excited to be back at the Barn this summer! He graduated this past December from Central Michigan University with a BFA in Musical Theatre. He was most recently seen on stage as Big Stone in Emerson Theatre collaborative’s production of EURYDICE. Last summer’s audiences will remember him as Daniel in SEVEN BRIDES FOR SEVEN BROTHERS, the Sherriff in GROUNDHOG DAY, and in the Ensembles of ROCK OF AGES and CINDERELLA. He was also featured in our popular bar shows. Above everything, he would like to thank his friends, family, and educators for their constant support. Keep up with him on Instagram @michael.richards_

Elliott Austin Wirshba

Elliott Austin Wirshba

Elliott is so excited to return to the Barn this summer! Elliott is a New York based storyteller. He holds a BFA in Musical Theatre and a Minor in Contemporary Drum-Set / Percussion from the University of Miami. Credits include: This is Our Youth portraying Warren, The Rover  as Blunt, Into the Woods as the Narrator/Mysterious Man, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time in which he portrayed Reverend Peters/Station Policeman. On the Barn Stage he was seen in last season’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers as Gideon, Groundhog Day as the mischievous Groundhog. Elliott sends huge congratulations to everyone involved in the Barn Theatre School’s 77th season. Shoutout to Mom and Dad for their endless support!


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