STEFANIE BARNFATHER (she/her/hers)
Stefanie Barnfather is a writer in Calgary, AB, Canada. Ms. Barnfather was a junior high and high school public, private, and public-charter arts and inclusive education teacher for over seventeen years. She started as performing artist at a young age and worked in the Canadian arts industry until 2021.
Ms. Barnfather loves original story creation, and has diverse interests and hobbies which she pursues relentlessly with her husband, Matt. They include knitting, hiking, non-competitive badminton and bowling, hiking, interior design, hiking, falling down mountains, hiking, pretending to be a Master Chef, hiking, and a little bit more hiking. She also enjoys training her pug, Lucca, so he behaves more like a dog and less like a very cuddly cat.
As an avid reader, Ms. Barnfather is thrilled to pursue her dream career as an author and couldn't be more honoured to follow in the footsteps of her favourite writers - Margaret Atwood, Stuart MacLean, Guy Gavriel Kay, Christopher Moore, Agatha Christie, Stephen King and Anne McCaffrey.
You can follow her on Instagram @stefbarnfather.
QUICK-AND-DIRTY EDUCATION, ARTS and STORY CREATION BIO
Select Theatre Sweet Charity (BrownCowCollective); Off the Beaten Path 2019 WS, 2020 VT*, Annabelle Broom: The Unhappy Witch, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Alice In Wonderland, Anne of Green Gables, Peter Pan (StoryBook Theatre); A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Sweet Charity, The Boys WS, Tunnel Vision, The Decameron WS (Theatre Sheridan); A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary); Into the Woods (Cappuccino Theatre); Oh, Canada, Eh?! (Cornerstone Theatre); South Pacific, Sweeney Todd, Nine, The Sound of Music, Annie (FRC); The Calgary Stampede Grandstand Show Featured Soloist (’98-’02) (TYC); The Nutcracker (’91-’95), Cinderella (Alberta Ballet). Select Productions MUSIC DIRECTOR Junior Claus, DIRECTOR King of the Ice Cream Mountain, CHOREO Oliver!, A Year with Frog and Toad (StoryBook); MUSIC DIRECTOR The Addams Family, Spamalot! (FRC); CHOREO Shakespeare In Love, The Pirates of Penzance (Morpheus); DIRECTOR Merry Murders at Montmarie, Seussical the Musical (RTHS Theatre); MUSIC DIRECTOR Moon Legends (SideNote Theatre). Professions Director (SideNote Theatre Inc.); Artist in Residence (CAA); High School Fine Arts and Inclusive Education Teacher (CBE); Theatre School Educator (StoryBook). Theatre Compositions Scattered, Nutty C and the Perfect Tree, Moon Legends, Frog Prince: The Musical (SideNote); King of the Ice Cream Mountain (StoryBook). Education Secondary Fine Arts BED, Drama BFA (University of Calgary); Music Theatre-Performance Diploma with Honours (Sheridan College), Voice and Harmony Certification (Royal Conservatory of Music). Awards and Honours CADA and City of Calgary Grant Recipient for Scattered; Four time Calgary ACTS Winner for Best Production of Musicals, Best Production of a Play, and Best Supporting Actress in a Musical; Joe and Sarah Brager Award for the Arts, 2002.
*WS workshop, VT virtual theatre