Barrie Gelles


Adjunct Instructor


Theatre Arts


Dr. Barrie Gelles is a theatre scholar, director, and teacher. Her research emphasizes the study of musical theatre aesthetics as a way to examine how Broadway musicals create narratives that become part of cultural memory.

Barrie directs new musicals, rarely produced musicals, and re-envisioned revivals of musicals wherein she uncovers a new story while remaining loyal to the original text and authorial intent. She also cultivates opportunities for new musicals through Overtures, a new musical developmental reading series that she created and continues to curate.

Barrie teaches a variety of courses, including musical theatre history, theatre history, acting, script/song analysis, and directing. In addition to teaching at MMC, she teaches at NYU and Baruch College. For more information, please visit


Musical Theatre