Andrew Barker – Producer
ANDREW BARKER – PRODUCER
Helpmann Award winning Producer Andrew Barker has been working in the performing arts industry for well over 30 years, collaborating with some of Australia’s finest directors, designers and performers. Prior to becoming an independent producer, Andrew worked for Melbourne Theatre Company; Playbox Theatre Company (now Malthouse Theatre)
Burberry Productions & Dainty Consolidated Entertainment as a General Manager.
Andrew was also a first Assistant Director for two and a half years at Grundy Television Australia.
In 2009 Andrew formed Folsom Prison Productions, which created Andrew’s seed concept of the critically successful The Man in Black: The Johnny Cash Story starring Tex Perkins. In 2010 Folsom Prison Productions won the Helpmann Award for Best Australian Contemporary Concert.
Following the success of The Man in Black, Andrew was inspired to write the Bon Scott story, as he was struck by the unique parallels 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, written by Andrew was performed in Melbourne, Perth, Canberra and Hobart and toured nationally throughout 2012 – 2016 with more dates for 2019 – Stand by…..
In 2014 Andrew created Wander Productions and is it’s 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.
Andrew’s production of Once Were Leaders – An Evening With Max Gillies, co-collaborated with friend and colleague, Max Gillies, toured nationally over four years with sold out seasons.
A highlight of 2017 was the concert at Hamer Hall with Splitz Enz song writer and keyboard wiz Eddie Rayner – ENZO – A reimagining and celebration of the classic Split Enz hits with a core five piece band an Enzemble of four singers – Four Horn Players and a six piece String Section.
August 2018 saw Andrew’s production of Scaramouche Jones starring Colin Friels at The Fairfax Studio, Arts Centre Melbourne earning critical acclaim. Future seasons are currently being planned for 2019 & 2020.
He is also working with Australia’s own Mark Holden on his new one man show, The Greatest Show on Earth.
Andrew also has a number of diverse projects in development with a Feature Film screen writer writing his first play for the stage and a well Produced playwright developing a music narrative concert, both for production later in 2019 / 2020.