Eric Lane Barnes is the author of the critically acclaimed Fairy Tales, which received numerous awards in Chicago, New York, and London. His show The Stops has played in dozens of cities throughout the country, winning Best Musical at the 2006 International Lesbian and Gay Theater Festival. From 20000 through 2017 Barnes was the Associate Artistic Director of Seattle Men’s Chorus and Seattle Women’s Chorus, creating and conducting numerous works for countless enthusiastic audiences all over the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
In 2013 Barnes began working with The Beijing Queer Chorus, the first LGBT chorus in mainland China. Barnes continues his work as a consultant with the BQC and writing songs and scripts for choruses, ensembles and theater groups in the United States and abroad.
Eric is the artistic director of Puget Soundworks, an all-gender, LGBTQ-friendly inclusive singing community serving the Puget Sound region. Visit www.pugetsoundworks.org for information on concerts, including an audition sign-up form.
Barnes wrote songs and underscoring for the independent films In-laws and Outlaws, Waxie Moon, Seattle to Ghana and the independent feature Fallen Jewel. He is currently writing a multi-discipline work based on a beloved historical figure and collaborating on an illustrated children’s book composed entirely of tongue-twisters. Many days of the week you can find Eric playing piano and singing for elder communities throughout the Seattle area.