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Barbara N Howard
Barbara N. Howard was born and raised in Albany, New York. 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. These achievements helped lead her to become an elementary school teacher, gospel recording artist, actor, and storyteller.
During her matriculation as a teacher and professional artist, Mrs. Howard has had many notable experiences and extraordinary opportunities. The most momentous performances in her career have been the portrayals of Carrie Watts (Trip to Bountiful); Caroline (Caroline or Change); and Nell Carter (Ain't Misbehavin). In addition, she also received the 2012 Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) Outstanding Achievement Award for her portrayal as Lena Younger in A Raisin in the Sun. Currently, she is a producer of Storytime (in its second season), and an Associate Artist for Professional Theater Cap Rep in Albany, New York.
As a gospel recording artist, Mrs. Howard has had the pleasure of performing at Jacob’s Pillow Theatre in the Berkshires. A clear highlight during this time was when she had the distinguished opportunity to be the opening act for The Queen of Gospel, Shirley Caesar. Additionally, she has shared the stage with Dr. Bobby Jones. In 1997, Mrs. Howard released her album, Perfect Peace; and reprised it in 2014. Her drive and love for gospel music allowed her a remarkable journey to tour in London, England and throughout the United States over the years.
For sharing her artistic talents in so many ways, and for using music as a teaching tool, Mrs. Howard has received many awards while also servicing her community, such as Albany Summer Leadership Program for Girls, African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region and religious organizations most notably for Blessed Hope Worship Center.
Mrs. Howard believes that her purpose is to empower and inspire people through knowledge, the gift of song, and storytelling.