Veronica Barron creates physically exuberant visual theatre, using puppetry, dance, clown, music, and the human body.
Her current work in progress, Be Clean When We Die, co-created with Rachel Wiese, addresses themes of desire, gendered domestic labor, and the fragility and strength of human life, and has earned support from the Casteliers Festival (Montreal, QC), the Maison Internationale des Arts de la Marionnettes (Montreal, QC), Les Sages Fous (Trois-Rivieres, QC), the Central Square Theater (Cambridge, MA), the Puppet Showplace Theater (Brookline, MA), the Dance Complex (Cambridge, MA), the Montreal and Cambridge Arts Councils, and the Apollinaire Theater/The Boston Foundation.
Sound Shadows, her collaboration with banjo player and folk singer Julia Friend and step dancer Rebecca McGowan, premiered in 2019 as part of the Dance Complex’s CATALYSTS Residency, and was scheduled to appear as part of the Providence Dance Festival at AS220 in 2020. She is directing and designing shadow puppetry for Pinwheel Collaborative’s new work for young audiences, The Magic Pearl, which has earned support from Puppet Showplace Theater, Lincoln Center Education, and New England Conservatory.
Veronica tours domestically & internationally as a puppeteer for acclaimed DJ and interdisciplinarian Kid Koala’s live show Nufonia Must Fall, which combines puppetry, live cinema, scratch DJing, and a string quartet to create a quirky, emotional love story for all ages.
As an actor, Veronica specializes in new work development, and has appeared in world premieres with the Huntington Theatre Company, imaginary beasts, Fresh Ink Theatre, and others. A long-standing collaborator with Liars and Believers, she helped create Who Would Be King and ICARUS, for which she was praised as “the cast’s best voice” (Scott Heller, New York Times.)
As a composer and musician, she has been commissioned to write and arrange music for theater for Opera House Arts (Stonington, ME), Central Square Theater (Cambridge, MA), and Whistler in the Dark (Boston, MA).
She teaches and facilitates public art in the form of community street dance spectacles with the School of HONK! community brass band. Veronica holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from Boston University, where her studies included visual & choreographic theater, classical Indian dance-theater, clowning, and playwrighting.