Edward M. Barker has appeared in RTI's productions of Death of a Salesman (Stanley) and King Lear (The Fool). Other recent local appearances include Scrooge in A Christmas Carol (Iowa Shakespeare Experience), Curtis in Sister Act and Narrator/Mysterious Man in Into the Woods, (The Des Moines Playhouse), Songs For A New World (NOCE). Among his regional theatre credits are Roundabout Theatre (NY), Actors Shakerpeare Project (Harvard Square), Actors Theatre of Louisville, Artists Repertory Theatre (Portland), Portland Center Stage, Pioneer Theatre Company (Salt Lake City), Shubert Theatre (Boston), Goodspeed Opera House (CT), North Shore Music Theatre (Boston), Penumbra Theatre (St. Paul), Phoenix Theatre, Sacramento Music Circus, Riverside Theatre (FL), SpeakEasy Stage Company (Boston), New Repertory Theatre (Boston), PCPA Theatrefest (CA) and seven summer seasons of alternating repertory at Weathervane Repertory Theatre (NH). Favorite roles include Miss Roj/Junie/The Kid in The Colored Museum, Toad in A Year With Frog And Toad, Yvan in Art, Feste in Twelfth Night, Daniel in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), Crooks in Of Mice And Men, Kipps in The Woman In Black, Carmen Ghia in The Producers, Noah T. "Horse" in The Full Monty, Arnold Crouch in Not Now, Darling, Jim Conley in Parade, Tranio, Hortensio, Grumio, The Widow in Taming Of The Shrew and the one-man cabaret, Ellington: The Life and Music of the Duke.
Edward has been a professional vocalist for forty-two years. While singing lead with both the doo dop quintet, East Coast Acappella and the 70's soul/disco vocal group, Vinyl Groove, he had the privilege of opening for the legendary 70's soul/disco group, Tavares ("More Than A Woman", "Heaven Must Be Missing An Angel"). Other appearances include Boston Symphony Hall, The 2012 St. Patrick's Day Parade of South Boston, The Plymouth Waterfront 4th of July (sharing the stage with The Plymouth Symphony Orchestra), Boston Bruins' Thanksgiving Table of Thanks for The Homeless, headliner at The Madonna Della Cava Feast and The Fisherman's Feast (both in the North End of Boston), Patriot Place (next to Gillette Stadium, Foxboro) and Mohegun Sun Hotel and Casino in Connecticut. He also toured the country for two years as the Emcee/Featured Vocalist fronting the fifteen piece big band, String of Pearls in the 1940's revue, In The Mood. He has twenty-one studio and live recordings under his belt, including the 1977-78 Iowa All State Music Festivals, in which he made history as the first tenor soloist in two consecutive years.
Films/TV: Pledging Allegiance, Seasons (both with proceeds donated to The Wounded Warrior Project), Dogs vs. Cats (Animal Planet), The Dave Chappelle Show. Edward is a proud member of Actors Equity Association.