Wendy Barrie-Wilson

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Wendy Barrie-Wilson (born in 1954 in Loveland, Ohio) is an American stage actress who has performed in more than 90 plays on Broadway and around the world.[1] She is from a well-known American acting family, including great aunt and uncle, Elizabeth Risdon and uncle Brandon Evans, who were members of the Theatre Guild and worked with such theatre figures as Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne, Helen Hayes, and G.B. Shaw among others.

Stage performances[edit]

Her first year in New York, her first show in the city, Barrie-Wilson performed on Broadway in Arthur Miller's All My Sons starring Richard Kiley. In the years since, Ms. Wilson has performed in several other stagings of All My Sons, and has by now played every female role.

Wilson was called upon in an emergency to take over for Sigourney Weaver as Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire, opposite Christopher Walken and Blythe Danner at Williamstown Theatre Festival, with one day's notice, and on opening night!

She starred as Amanda Wingfield in The Glass Menagerie at The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Variety critic Robert Daniels said of her performance in that play that "[s]he is one of the finest Amanda Wingfields in memory and can proudly take her place alongside the memorable Amandas in this critic's experience: Helen Hayes, Jessica Tandy, Julie Harris, and Maureen Stapleton."[1]

Wilson has performed as Yelena (opposite Hal Holbrook and Robert Foxworth) in Uncle Vanya, Lady Croom in Arcadia, May in Fool for Love, Masha in Three Sisters, Andromache in The Greeks, Tourvel in Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Mags in Painting Churches, Maud/Lin in Cloud Nine, Frankie/Francis in Voice of the Prairie, Nadya Lenin in Travesties, Anna in Old Times, Mrs. Gibbs in Our Town, Solange in The Maids, Inez in No Exit, Sasha in Wild Honey, Thaisa in Pericles, Mariana in Measure for Measure, Byancha in The Tamer Tamed, and several times in her two favorite plays; Roxane in Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac, and Stella in Tennessee Williams' A Streetcar Named Desire. Her first play was at the age of seven, when she played Sleeping Beauty, performed in French.


Wilson has performed all over the country, including the Actor's Theatre of Louisville, Great Lakes Theater Festival, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage, Portland Stage, New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, River Arts Repertory, Indiana Repertory, Alliance Theatre, Playmaker's Repertory, and Denver Center Theatre Company, among many others. She has worked with such writers as J.P. Donleavy, Derek Walcott, Soviet writer Sasha Galin, The Red Clay Ramblers, Arthur Miller, and with dozens of new writers helping develop their latest projects. She has done play development work with Women's Project, W.P.A., New York Stage and Film, Voice and Vision, New Dramatists, Primary Stages, and more.

Television appearances[edit]

TV: Law & Order, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Another World, One Life to Live, All My Children, America's Most Wanted, Prince Street. On PBS and Showtime in the film version of Our Town. Numerous commercials and voice-overs include several years on Japanese TV as the Mom for General Foods' Blendy Coffee, and an Addy award for Z94's "Morning Zoo".

Private life[edit]

Wilson received her BFA in Theatre/Film at Denison University and her MFA in Acting at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has taught the "Business of the Biz", and Acting, at Denison University, OH; UNC-Chapel Hill, NC; The ArtSchool, NC; Denver Center Conservatory, CO; at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Theatre of NJ., and a seminar on playing Shakespeare at Northeastern University in Boston and at Baltimore's School for the Performing Arts.


  1. ^ a b Rosenbloom, Stephanie (June 2, 2005). "Loosing Google's Lock on the Past". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 February 2010. 

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