Kim Barber Knoll

Chair, Department of Theatre Arts
Professor

Kim Barber Knoll

Kim Barber Knoll, Chair of the Department of Theatre Arts, 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 .  Professor Knoll is the recent recipient of the Flora Glenn Candler Professorship, awarded to a faculty member in recognition of teaching effectiveness, contribution to the life and work of the college community, and service to the community at large.  She is also the recipient of the John R. Hines Jr. Undergraduate Research Award and a two-time recipient of the United Methodist Teaching Award given to a faculty member who "inspires the souls of students."

Professor Barber Knoll served 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 for 10 years.  She was a resident director/Equity guest actor at the Papermill 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.

An Equity actor and director for over 28 years, she has appeared in over 60 productions and directed over 65.  She lived and worked professionally in New York City for six 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) and was also a member of the Pennsylvania Stage Company (Lizzie in The Rainmaker directed by Scott Edmiston)

She is also a member of Omicron Delta Kappa and a Zeta Tau Alpha alumnus.

At LaGrange College, Professor Barber Knoll's courses include Acting, Directing, Voice and Diction, Movement, Musical Theatre, Period/Styles and Creative Dramatics.

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

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