Indigenous Artist

Herbie Barnes, An Anishnabe from Aundeck Omni Kaning On Manitoulin Island. An Actor , Director , Writer and Teacher. Directing across North America with plays like Music Man(TIFT), Oliver the Musical(Bluff City Theatre), Inheritance(Alley and Touchstone Theatre) and Tales of an Urban Indian (Public Theater). John Hersh Award nominated for his directing.
As an actor he’s played varied staged from Main stage National Arts Centre to a city bus running through cities routes throughout North America. Some of Herbie’s best-known stage roles include Bilbo Baggins in the Hobbit, or as Norvel Morrisou in Copper Thunderbird or singing and dancing as a Wikershame Brother in Sussical The Musical.
Television and film like Tipi Tales, Buffalo Tracks and Guilt Free Zone, Joseph in the film Dance Me outside and The Rez. but he has played many roles throughout his twenty year career Both on stage and on film. Herbie has spent just as much time behind the scenes as in front. As a director he’s work across North America . Directing large pieces such as The Remember (MTYP) and Someday (Native Earth) to one man shows Such as Tales Of An Urban Indian (Public Theatre NYC, Autry theatre LA) and Dinky (Native Earth). Herbie spent time Directing Film as well with such films as Reprezenting in Fort Chip and also as a shadow director with The Rez. Herbie’s Play Russell’s World was honored to be the first play ever to be asked to the Magnetic North Festival without having been produced first. While not know as a writer for stage he is better known as a dramaturge working to develop a number of great plays and emerging playwrights. Herbie Has also written for television shows Including Buffalo Tracks and Tipi Tales a show that also uses his performing talents as a puppeteer and voice talent. As a teacher he has spent time in inner city high schools, private schools, Universities, and many theatre companies. Herbie’s development of “Dropping the Mask”, a study of who the performer is before deciding who they will become has been used in many treatment centres in North America for work with Survivors of abuse and is developing a voice for writers for young Audiences


First Nations


Ojibway/ Omdeck Omni Kaning
Wikidata ID: Q113502027
Artsdata ID: K3-35
Last reviewed: Feb 24th, 2023