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Barbara N Howard
Barbara N. Howard was born and raised in Albany, New York. She attended schools within the Albany Catholic Diocese. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Brockport and her Master’s Degree in Elementary Education from Grand Canyon University.
Mrs. Howard is an elementary school teacher, professional singer, actor, and storyteller. She has performed in Birmingham, England and throughout the United States.
Some of her recent performances include Caroline. or Change, Reunion in Bartersville (Hattie Harper), A Raisin In The Sun (Lena Younger, Mama), Ragtime (Sarah’s friend), The Sound of Music (Sister Berthe), Mother I’m Here by Maria Bryce, The Voice of the Black Minister (Woman Minister), THE RETURN by Dan Dobeck, and Eggs for Easter.
She has performed at Jacob’s Pillow theatre in the Berkshires, has been the opening act for Shirley Caesar, and has shared the stage with Dr. Bobby Jones. She has also performed at state, county and city government functions as well as religious and missionary events to help the poor.
For sharing her artistic talents in so many ways, and for using music as a teaching tool, Mrs. Howard has received many awards. She is the recipient of the 2009 NYS Community Distinction Award, the 2009 Next Generation Service Honoree (for her community service efforts), the NYS 2011 Women in the Arts Distinction Award, and the 2012 Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) Outstanding Achievement Award for the role of Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. She is also the recipient of the 2014 Black Women’s Association of Albany “Woman of Distinction” Award.
As an educator and performer, Mrs. Howard believes that her purpose is to empower and inspire people through knowledge and the gift of song. Barbara Howard is the wife of Pastor Ronald D. Howard. They have two lovely daughters, Claire and Diona (Claude, Sr.), and one grandson Claude, Jr.