2024 Guest Artists

Eric Peterson

Eric Petersen

Guest Artist:  The Play That Goes Wrong

Eric Petersen is overjoyed to be back at The Barn and performing in his 21st Barn Show! You may have seen him last summer in Jimmy Buffett's Escape to Margaritaville.

He met his wife Barnie Lisa Marie Morabito when they worked together here in 2003 and they have now been together for 20 years and have 2 kids (Sophie & Miles)!! Eric has worked extensively in Television and the Broadway stage.

Television credits include: Kevin on “Kevin Can F*** Himself” on AMC,  Ant’ney on the hit children’s show “Madagascar: A Little Wild” on Hulu (EMMY Nominated for his role), and “Kirstie” (TVLand) where he played the Series Regular role of Arlo Barth alongside Kirstie Alley, Rhea Perlman, and Michael Richards. Eric has made guest star appearances on “Big Bang Theory”, “Modern Family”, “NCIS”, “CSI”, “GCB”, and the Lifetime movie “The Brittany Murphy Story”.  Eric has many Disney channel credits including the shows “Jessie”, “Sydney To The Max”, “Kirby Buckets” and “Pair of Kings”.

Eric appeared in the Oscar-nominated Coen Brothers’ film “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” for Netflix.  Eric has appeared in 4 Broadway shows and countless regional theatre projects.

Broadway credits include: “School of Rock” (Dewey Finn), “Shrek: The Musical” (Shrek on the 1st National Tour and Shrek Standby on Broadway), “Escape To Margaritaville” (Brick, OBC), and “Peter & The Starcatcher” (Ted)—Graduate of Bradley University.

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Eric Parker

Eric Parker

Guest Artist:  The Woman In Black

Eric is extremely grateful to mark season 27. A proud alum of the Barn's apprentice program, patrons will undoubtedly remember Eric from his roles in MISERY opposite Kim Zimmer, THE ROCKY HORROR SHOW, LES MISERABLES, JESUS CHRIST SUPERSTAR, THE FULL MONTY, HANDS ON A HARDBODY, SHREK, HAIR, SUNSET BOULEVARD, GROUNDHOG DAY, most of the roles in ESCANABA IN DA MOONLIGHT, and EVITA, among many others, as well as directing several mainstage productions (most recently our hits CLUE and DOUBT) and bar shows. An Adrian native, Eric has also proven valuable throughout the region, with multiple Wilde Award nominations (and occasional wins) to go with notable guest artist turns at the Encore Music Theatre in Dexter and the Croswell in Adrian (most recently as the director of and JD in ESCAPE TO MARGARITAVILLE) as well as a solid career at most of Chicago's musical houses, too. A couple tours, records, TV appearances, and roles in Barn Films productions dot his resume, as well.

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Robert Newman

Guest Artist: Fiddler On The Roof

A favorite Guest Star here at the Barn, Robert was recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy for his 2022 portrayal of the evil (or perhaps just “misunderstood”) character Ashland Locke in THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS but is perhaps best known for his 28-year run as Joshua Lewis on the longest running program in broadcasting history, GUIDING LIGHT. The role garnered him 2 Daytime Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series.

Robert was an apprentice here at the Barn in 1981 and received his Equity card that season. Since then he has guest-starred at the Barn many times. Last season he was seen as Dennis Dupree in ROCK OF AGES.  Favorite Barn shows include the title roles in SWEENEY TODD, MAN OF LA MANCHA, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF and Edna in HAIRSPRAY.  Other recent shows include 9to5, MAMMA MIA, BIG: THE MUSICAL, THE CIVIL WAR, NOISES OFF, THE LION IN WINTER (opposite Kim Zimmer), THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME, LOVE LETTERS, and THE BEST LITTLE WHOREHOUSE IN TEXAS.

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