Barbara Garrick was born in New York City but grew up in Toronto , Canada. She started her career as a professional dancer but transitioned into acting when she made her film debut at the age of 18.
Barbara has appeared in numerous feature films including the role of Victoria (the date with the laugh) in Sleepless in Seattle, The Firm, Miami Rhapsody, Far From Heaven, The Ice Storm, Pollock, jumper, A Couch in New York, Postcards from the Edge, Working Girl, Eight Men Out and Tennessee Williams' The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond.
Barbara has originated the roles of Dede Halcyon Day in Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City Trilogy (Gemini nomination) and that of the loopy Allison Perkins on the soap opera One Life to Live. She has appeared in four Law & Orders and their spin offs, one Sex & the City and a Hallmark Hall of Fame with Julie Harris; among other projects.
On Broadway Barbara has been seen in Eastern Standard, A Small Family Business, Stanley and A Thousand Clowns with Tom Selleck. Off Broadway her credits include: Hermione in The Winter's Tale at Classic Stage Company, Eight Days Backwards at the Vineyard Theatre, Beauty on the Vine at Epic Theatre Company, Eastern Standard at Manhattan Theatre Club and Baby Anger at Playwright's Horizons. Regionally she has done a great deal of Shakespeare and been in the World Premieres of The City of Conversation by Anthony Giardina, Mary by Thomas Bradshaw, Ridiculous Fraud by Beth Henley, Safe as Houses and Eastern Standard both by Richard Greenberg, and The workshop of My Good Name by Arthur Laurents.
She is an accomplished Acting Teacher and Private Coach. Barbara trained at the Circle-in-the Square professional workshop, The Barrow Group and has had extensive training in the Alexander technique.
That Awkward Moment / Susan / Dir. Tom Gormican
Deserted Cities / Becky / Dir. Roberto Sneider
Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, / Ms. Rosen/ Dir. Sam Fleishner
Blue Jasmine / Carla / Dir. Woody Allen
Loss of a Teardrop Diamond / Mrs. Dobyne / Dir. Jodie Markell
Jumper / Ellen Harris / Dir. Doug Liman
Brooklyn Lobster / Lynn Miller / Dir. Kevin Jordan
Far From Heaven / Doreen / Dir. Todd Haynes
Pollock / Betty Parsons / Dir. Ed Harris
Devil You Know / Joan Stone / Dir. James Oakley
The Ice Storm / Reporter / Dir. Ang Lee
A Couch in New York / Lizbeth / Dir. Chantel Akerman
Miami Rhapsody / Terri Marcus / Dir. David Frankel
The Firm / Kay Quinn / Dir. Sydney Pollack
Sleepless in Seattle / Victoria / Dir. Nora Ephron
Days of Thunder / Lauren Daland / Dir. Tony Scott
Postcards from the Edge / Carol Sonnenfield / Dir. Mike Nichols
Working Girl / Phyllis Trask / Dir. Mike Nichols
Eight Men Out / Helen Weaver / Dir. John Sayles
Tales of the City / Dede Halcyon/ Series regular / Netflix
One Life to Live / Allison Perkins contract / ABC
Law & Order: S.V.U. (2X) / Guest Star / Dirs. Jean De Segonzac/Gus Makris, NBC
Law & Order: Criminal Intent (2X) / Guest Star / Dir. Gus Makris/Marisol Torres, NBC
Amy & Isabelle / Barbara Rawley / Dir. Lloyd Kramer, ABC MOW
Further Tales of the City / Dede Halcyon Day / Dir. Pierre Gang, Showtime
Sex and the City / Celia Blank / Dir. Pam Thomas, HBO
Law and Order / Darla Sims / Dir. Jace Alexander, NBC
Mary and Rhoda / Curator / Dir. Barnett Kelluman, ABC MOW
As the World Turns / Recurring / CBS
More Tales of the City / Dede Halcyon Day / Dir. Pierre Gang, Showtime
Ellen Foster / Betsy / Dir. John Erman, Hallmark
Tales of the City / Dede Halcyon Day / Dir. Alastair Reid, PBS
Dottie Gets Spanked / Lorraine Gale / Dir. Todd Haynes, PBS
The Great Society / Lady Bird Johnson/ Dir.Bill Rauch
A Thousand Clowns / Sandra / Dir. John Rando
Stanley / Gwen / Dir. John Caird
A Small Family Business / Tina / Dr. Lynne Meadow
Eastern Standard / Ellen / Dir. Michael Engler
Later Life / Ruth / Dir. Jonathan Silverstein / Clurman Theatre
The City of Conversation / Carolyn Mallonee / Dir. Doug Hughes / LCT Mitzi Newhouse
Beauty on the Vine / Mother / Dir. David Schweitzer, Clurman Theatre
Eight Days Backwards / Shela/Stern / Dir. Mark Brokaw, Vineyard Theater
The Winter's Tale / Hermione / Dir. Barry Edelstein, Classic Stage
Baby Anger / Mary Kay / Dir. Peter Hedges, Playwrights Horizons
Elliot Loves / Joanna (Standby) / Dir. Mike Nichols, Promenade Theater
Eastern Standard / Ellen / Dir. Michael Engler, MTC
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead / Ophelia / Dir. Robert Carson, Roundabout Theater Co.
Mary / Dolores / Dir. May Adrales, The Goodman Theatre
Way of the World / Mrs. Fainall / Dir. Michael Kahn, Shakespeare Theater, DC
Ridiculous Fraud / Maude / Dir. Lisa Peterson, McCarter Theatre
Safe as Houses / Tina / Dir. Emily Mann, McCarter Theatre
My Good Name / Celeste / Dir. Dan Sulivan, Seattle Repertory Theatre
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Teaching / Coaching
As an experienced Broadway, TV, and film actor and coach, I offer a friendly and engaging style imparting acting/speaking techniques that enable performers (actors, dancers) and non-performers of all ages to become more fluid, more spontaneous, more at ease, and more physically relaxed. They are then able to present themselves to their challenges with a light but fully-engaged energy, whether it be acting/dancing a role or giving a presentation.
Teacher / Mentor
Circle in the Square
Created and taught the graduating class in on-camera, acting, and auditioning techniques.
Created and taught Actor Training Program for a contemporary ballet company, including acting skill techniques for dancers and on-going scene study as well as serving as consultant for their performances.
The Barrow Group Theater School
Taught beginning acting classes and on-camera Film and TV classes to students ranging from teens to adults of this school run by a Drama Desk award-winning theatre company.
New York Cares and Family Renewal Center
Mentored disadvantaged and at-risk children, introducing them to the performing arts and teaching them how to use these experiences to develop a stronger sense of self-worth.
Students include actors (including regulars on nighttime television, soap opera stars, Broadway musical stars, dancers transitioning into acting roles, voice-over artists, old and young) who seek help with roles or a boost in their auditioning skills.
Public Speaking Coach
Students are non-actors and business professionals wanting to improve the effectiveness of their one-on-one communications and group presentations, both private and public.
I have acted in leading roles in numerous feature films, including Sleepless in Seattle, The Firm, Far from Heaven, and Eight Men Out; on Broadway, including A Thousand Clowns and Eastern Standard; on television in the acclaimed series, Tales of the City, One Life to Live, Sex and the City, and all of the Law & Order versions; and Off-Broadway in plays for Manhattan Theatre Club, Roundabout Theater, Playwrights Horizons, The Vineyard, and The Classic Stage Company. Directors I have worked with include Mike Nichols, Sydney Pollack, John Sayles, Ang Lee, and Todd Haynes.
Circle in the Square
Professional Actors Training Program
The Barrow Group Theatre School
Ten years of acting classes with Seth Barrish and Lee Brock
The Barrow Group Teacher Training Program
Completed intensive program to qualify as a teacher of the Barrow Group technique
Alexander Technique certificate of study program with Ann Rodiger