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Barbara J Sloan - Theatre Author and Artist in Birmingham Alabama

Barbara J Sloan - Theatre Author and Artist in Birmingham Alabama
5 star(s) from 11 votes

I have been an author, journalist, playwright, costume creator, artist, and teacher. My deep affection for art led me into the theatre’s through the backstage — as a designer.

My first book Barefoot Among the Thorns: The Story of Dance in Birmingham was about our local art scene.

I believe that even the mundane in our lives is spiritual in nature, and although theatre is anything but mundane, viewing a play or working on one can be a sacred experience. Theatre Is My Life! is a daybook of meditations based on play quotes. A vast majority of the plays I cite are ones that I designed or directed over my long career teaching and working in the theatre.

Barbara J Sloan

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  • Panorama Dr.
    Birmingham, AL 35216
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 Review - “Theatre is my Life”, 09-29-2023

By: Ruthie Bresson

“Theatre is my Life” is a true gem of a book not only for theatre lovers but for anyone who appreciates meaningful stories mined within the diamonds of theatrical plays. Barbara Sloan has done a masterful job of integrating personal stories and her own soul deep wisdom with the timeless classics played out upon the stage and loved by many. You will be entertained and encouraged by this beautiful, one of a kind daily inspiration.

 From Sophocles to Albee, 09-20-2023

By: CJ Taylor

Theatre designer-director Sloan brings musings and insight from her impressive career in the playhouse. "The play's the thing" that triggers her deft reminiscence. She extracts jewels from great works and references them for humanistic reflection. Juxtaposing tragedy with comedy, Sloan reveals the play's impact long after the stage is dark. She invites our empathy recalling a great teacher, the loss of a dear friend, and the creation of art. There's a meditation for each day. Informative and inspiring. A beautiful gift.

 Powerful Daily Offerings by Barbara Sloan, 09-17-2023

By: Anonymous

Recently, I gave Theater Is My Life to a dear director friend of mine. This beautiful work of love was, and continues to be a deep comfort to my friend. Thank you Barbara Sloan!!

 Great Read Every Day, 09-11-2023

By: E R Conville

The author beautifully blends quirky wisdoms and sage observations in her daily writings. The broadness of her theatre knowledge gives the book a wonderful believability. I have enjoyed reading the book every day and it has actually become a spiritual practice!

 Such a wonderful book!, 09-10-2023

By: Amy Raab

Theatre Is My Life! is just such a wonderful, thought-out, poignant book. While I am not a play expert, I have always enjoyed watching theatre and Barbara Sloan’s daily meditations have enhanced my appreciation for the theatre world. Her descriptions are heartfelt, thought-provoking and adds humor and life to the plays she describes. I look forward to reading a meditation each evening or morning, as the vignettes add such a rich enhancement to my day. I have also given friends this book as gifts. My friends, who are true play aficionados, have also commented on how much they enjoy and love the book. It is so wonderful to be transported back to so many beloved plays. Thank you so much for the time and effort you invested in giving us such a truly wonderful book!!!!

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