Mr. Jeff Barker, MFA

DWS 702 Professor


  • M.A., Theatre Performance, Northern Illinois University
  • M.F.A., Theatre Directing, University of South Dakota

Jeff Barker is Professor Emeritus of Theatre and Worship Arts at Northwestern College in Orange City, Iowa, where he taught since 1988. He holds an M.A. in Theatre Performance from Northern Illinois University and an M.F.A. in Theatre Directing from the University of South Dakota. He is an elder in the Reformed Church in America and was a worship leader on staff for many years at Trinity Reformed Church in Orange City.

He is a much-produced playwright, including And God Said, a musical created with Broadway composer Ron Melrose. His screenwriting includes The Frontier Boys and Of Minor Prophets. His books include Performing the Plays of the Bible (co-authored with Tom Boogaart) and the Arlene Schuiteman missionary biography series. Jeff was the Carnegie Foundation’s Iowa Professor of the Year in 2006.

Jeff is married to actress Karen Bohm Barker, and they have three children.