Bari Newport is in her seventh season as producing artistic director of Penobscot Theatre Company. Previously she was artistic associate at the Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, artistic associate/literary manager at the Pasadena Playhouse, associate producer at Horizon Theatre and associate director of Florida Repertory Theatre. As a producer, Bari has been responsible for the creation and stabilization of a wide range of artistic initiatives including extensive work in new play development, education and community engagement. Her work as a director and actor has been seen at Horizon Theatre Company, Greenbrier Valley Theatre, American Stage, Cumberland County Playhouse, Florida Repertory Theatre, Sacramento Theatre Company, Westport County Playhouse and the Williamstown Theatre Festival. Directing credits at Penobscot Theatre Company include Ripcord, The Graduate, Ugly Lies the Bone, Escanaba in da Moonlight, MiseryMurder for TwoDuck Hunter Shoots Angel, Doctor Cerberus, August: Osage County, End Days, Our Town, The Woman in Black, The Sugar Bean Sisters, Annie and Becky’s New Car. Bari holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Southern California, where her efforts yielded the creation of the Bill White Memorial Theatre Collection, the university’s first and only theatrical library. She received her Master of Fine Arts from the University of Iowa. Bari was a proud recipient of the Theatre Communications Group’s New Generations: Future Leaders grant, funded by the Carnegie and Doris Duke Foundations.  She is a member of SDC and AEA.