Associate Professor of Theatre
Jelkyl Drama Center, Room 206
Phone: (859) 985-3258
Professor Barton is currently on sabbatical for the 2016-2017 Academic Year.
- B.F.A. Theatre Performance, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003
- M.F.A. Theatre Pedagogy: Acting, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2009
Honors and Awards
- Delivered 2009 Theatre VCU Graduate Commencement Address
- Board Member of Kentucky Theatre Association
- Chair of the South Eastern Theatre Conference Diversity Committee
- Skirt! Magazine Indie Woman July 2012
- Script Analysis
- Principles of Acting
- GSTR 110
- GSTR 210
- Senior Theatre Project
- Theatre and the Rise of Mass Media
- African-American Theatre
- Feminist Solo Performance
- Advanced Acting
Creating Theatre, Watching Films, Painting, Reading, Writing Poetry
- Assoc. for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE)
- Alpha Psi Omega (APO) – Faculty sponsor Berea College Chapter
- Black Theatre Network (BTN)
- South Eastern Theatre Conference Diversity Committee (SETC)
- Virginia Commonwealth University African American Alumni Council
- Appalachian Studies Association (ASA)
- Kentucky Theatre Association – Board President
- South Eastern Theatre Conference – Executive Committee
- African-American Theatre, Solo Performance, Devised Theatre for Community Development & Social Change
- Multicultural Theatre and Devised Performance
- “Helping a Cause: College Develops Play about Domestic Violence to Benefit Local Battered Woman’s Shelter” Southern Theatre Magazine. Volume LII, Number 4 Fall 2011: 14-15, 32.
- “Four Elephants” STILL: The Journal. Summer 2012.
- “Indie Women” Skirt Magazine (Lexington, KY), Reporter, Donna Ison. July 2012
- “Berea College: Best Practices in Service Learning” Kentucky Campus Compact. Web.
- “EKU, Berea plan events for Black History Month” Richmond Register, Reporter: Tim Mandell.
- “This is My Heart for You: World Premiere” WTVQ ABC 36, Reporter: Lauren Gawthrop.
- “Berea Theatre Takes on a Summer of Hate” WKYT CBS 27, Reporter: Tim Johnston.
“Everyone can rise above their circumstances and achieve success if they are dedicated to and passionate about what they do.” – Nelson Mandela
Adanma Onyedike Barton came to Berea College from Richmond, Virginia. While in Virginia she taught both the Speech for Business and Professionals and the Black Theatre course for Virginia Commonwealth University. Adanma also simultaneously taught for the School of Performing Arts in Richmond Communities (SPARC), and the Henrico High School Center for the Arts. Adanma has also taught for the Virginia Governor’s School of Visual and Performing Arts and the Acting for Non Majors course at the University of Virginia. A professional actor for over 10 years, some of Adanma’s favorite productions include Intimate Apparel at the Barksdale Theater , Return to the Upright Position at the Firehouse Theater, and For Colored Girls… at Raymond Hodges Theater. In Kentucky, Adanma had the honor of originating the role of Lt. Kara Bridges in the World Premiere of “The Year of the Rabbit” at the Balagula Theatre in Lexington. The play, by Keliher Walsh, was the inaugural winner of the Kentucky Women Writers Conference Award judged by OBIE award winner Naomi Wallace. Adanma is a proponent of the power of positive thinking. She enjoys teaching her students to not only find the joy within themselves but to spread that happiness to others.
Prof. Barton is proudly the first African-American female to serve on the Executive Committee of the largest Theatre Conference in the United States – the Southeastern Theatre Conference and she will be the first African-American President of the Kentucky Theatre Association.