Andrew Barker – Producer and Writer
Helpmann Award winning producer Andrew Barker has been involved in the performing arts industry for over 30 years, working and collaborating with some of Australia’s best directors, designers and performers. Prior to becoming an independent producer, Andrew worked for Melbourne Theatre Company for fourteen years followed by eight years at Playbox Theatre Company (now Malthouse Theatre). Andrew also spent two years working as a first assistant director for Grundy Television.
Andrew has worked for Burberry Productions and Dainty Consolidated Entertainment as General Manager.
In 2009 Andrew formed Folsom Prison Productions which created and produced the critically successful The Man in Black: The Johnny Cash Story starring Tex Perkins. In 2010 it won the Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert.
Following the success of The Man in Black, Andrew was inspired to explore and write about Bon Scott as he was struck by the similarly unique story of the Australian working class hero and underdog. “Bon Scott’s story is as fascinating as it is moving and intriguing.” Hell Ain’t A Bad Place to Be: The Story of Bon Scott, performed in Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Hobart and continues to tour nationally throughout 2016.
In 2014 Andrew created Wander Productions and is the sole director and producer. The company’s main objective is to nurture, support and produce new and independent artists, performers and musicians as well as fostering the already established relationships with profile artists.
His current production of Once Were Leaders – An Evening With Max Gillies, co-collaborated with Max Gillies is presently touring nationally with performances already taken place in Melbourne, Sydney Opera House, Brisbane, Canberra, Hobart and the Darwin Festival (sold out).
Andrew currently has a number of diverse projects in development for production later in 2016 and 2017. Amongst these are, a multi media percussive presentation guaranteed to set audiences alight, and a heart felt unique story of love, marriage and family as told by one of Melbourne’s most prominent female performers and artists.