Kim Barber Knoll

Chair, Division of Fine and Performing Arts
Chair, Department of Theatre Arts
Professor

Kim Barber Knoll Professor Kim Barber Knoll, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, Professor, joined the department in 1995. She holds a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from UCLA where she received both the Jack Nicholson Award and the Hugh O'Brien Award, and a Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Tennessee .  She is a member of Actors Equity Association . She is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and a Zeta Tau Alpha alumnus. Professor Barber Knoll came to LC from the University of New Hampshire where she taught Acting I & II, and Oral Interpretation. An Equity actor and director for over 25 years, she has appeared in over 60 productions and directed more than 50.  She lived and worked in New York City for seven years. She was a resident company member at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park for two seasons ( Candide directed by Worth Gardner, Much Ado About Nothing) developing InterAct, an In-School Performance Tour with CPIP professional intern company.  She was also a member of the Pennsylvania Stage Company ( Rainmaker directed by Scott Edmiston) where she taught master classes and toured the Northeast with American Classics.

Professor Barber Knoll recently retired as the Artistic Director of The North Country Center for the Arts Papermill Theatre, a professional summer theater with both Mainstage and Children's Theater companies.  She served as  Artistic Director for 10 years and as a resident director/Equity guest actor for 20 years. She was a member of the original mainstage acting company in 1987.  She was also the Artistic Director of the Children's Theatre Company at the Papermill for two seasons.  She was nominated Summer 2005 for the New Hampshire Governor's Award for Distinguished Arts Leadership.

At LaGrange College, Professor Barber Knoll's courses include Acting, Directing, Voice and Diction, Movement, Musical Theatre, Period/Styles and Creative Dramatics. She is a two-time recipient of the United Methodist Teaching Award given to a faculty member who "inspires the souls of students."

Representative roles include: Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street , The Witch in Into the Woods, Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd , Lily Pepper in Noel Coward's Red Peppers , Beatrice in Much Ado About Nothing , Kate in The Taming of the Shrew , and Lady Macbeth in Macbeth .

Directing credits include: The 39 Steps, Metamorphoses, Lovers, Dames at Sea, Brigadoon, The Laramie Project, She Loves Me, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Six Characters in Search of An Author,  Absurd Person Singular, Mrs. California, The World Goes 'Round, Hay Fever, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Secret Garden, Brigadoon, Big River, Damn Yankees, The Rimers of Eldritch, The Mystery of Edwin Drood and On The Verge. She staged a concert production of Lee Johnson's Trail of Tears in Tahlequah, Oklahoma.

For the LaGrange College production of Lysistrata, she collaborated with Craig and Zann Jacobrown from The Maskery to create original Greek comedic mask designs.  The Jacobrowns were in residence at LaGrange college prior to the production where they offered mask and movement workshops.



Photo Gallery

Dorothy Brock in 42nd Street
President Gulley with Kim Barber Knoll as Dorothy Brock and LC students at the Papermill Theatre, Summer 2006
With President Gulley after a performance of 42nd Street, Papermill Theatre, Summer 2006.

"Annie Get Your Gun"
Summer 2002

As "Adriana" in A Comedy of Errors

Into the Woods, The Witch

Into the Woods, The Witch

Chair Kim Barber with students
on Honors Day after receiving the Vulcan Teaching Award

Photos from "Macbeth"

Photos from "Macbeth"

Paint Deck at the Papermill Theatre - Cast of The Secret Garden

As "Lizzie" in Rainmaker

Faculty Recital: Noel Coward's Red Peppers: (L to R) Kim Barber as Lily Pepper, Tracy Riggs as Mabel Grace, Steven Edwards as George Pepper

As "Kate" in The Taming of the Shrew

Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd

Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd

Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd

Mrs. Lovett in Sweeney Todd