Josh joined the Hangar family at the end of 2012 and has led the process of creating the theatre’s current strategic plan and working to stabilize the theatre’s financial position. He has worked in the performing arts for more than two decades, first in educational outreach and youth arts programs and then in arts leadership positions as a producer, production coordinator, teacher, and stage manager. Before moving to Ithaca, Josh was in charge of the administration, management, and development of the production department at the Alley Theatre in Houston. During his Alley tenure, Josh produced world premieres including Rajiv Joseph’s Gruesome Playground Injuries (off-Broadway in 2011), Ken Ludwig’s The Gershwins' An American In Paris, and Frank Wildhorn’s Wonderland: Alice’s New Musical Adventure (Broadway, 2011). Other professional credits include positions at the Indiana Repertory Theatre, Cleveland Play House, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Studio Arena Theatre, and O'Neill Theatre Center's National Playwrights Conference.
Josh has been a guest lecturer and taught classes at Ithaca College, Butler University, Indiana University, and the University of Illinois. He is an alumnus of the Stanley K. Lacy Leadership Association and served on the Board of Trustees for the Indianapolis Fringe Festival. He has participated on national grant selection panels for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and for the New York State Council on the Arts. He has presented nationally at the TCG Annual Conference, the United States Institute for Theatre Technology Conference, and meetings of the League of Resident Theatres. He is a graduate of Drew University in Madison, New Jersey and studied Fund Raising Management at The School of Philanthropy at Indiana University. Josh is currently an Arts and Culture representative on the Tompkins County Strategic Tourism Planning Board and a member of the Ithaca Rotary Club.
Michael Barakiva is an Armenian/Israeli-American theater director and writer based in New York City. His first novel, One Man Guy, published by Macmillan (Farrar, Straus & Giroux), was ranked the #1 Gay Young Adult novel on Goodreads in 2014, named to the Rainbow List and Family Equality Council’s Book Nook and released in Brazil by LeYa. Michael also serves as the Artistic Director of The Upstart Creatures (www.upstartcreatures.com), a theater company dedicated to creating (meta)physical feasts combining theater and food.
As a director, Michael has worked in New York City and across the country developing new plays and staging classics. Off-Broadway credits include Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne (Primary Stages), White People by Neil Cuthbert and They Float Up by Jacquelyn Reingold (Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC). Regional credits include UP by Bridget Carpenter (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Burn This by Lanford Wilson (Shakespeare Santa Cruz) and The Clean House by Sarah Ruhl, Turn of the Screw by Jeffrey Hatcher and Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward (all at Syracuse Stage).
Michael served as Interim Artistic Director at the Hangar Theatre for the 2016 season, where he directed I Loved, I Lost, I Made Spaghetti by Jacques Lamarre (based on the memoir by Giulia Melucci), and Third by Wendy Wasserstein, the original production of which he also directed in a one-act form.
When not writing or directing, Michael can be found playing board games and soccer. He is a proud recipient of the 2012 Most Improved Player award from the New York Ramblers, the world’s first gay-friendly soccer team.
Michael is a recipient of the David Merrick Prize in Drama, a Drama League Summer Fellowship, a Granada Fellowship at UC Davis and the Phil Killian Fellowship in Directing at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the Juilliard School, where he studied as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Directing.
Read Michael's blog HERE
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