Barbara Brownell

Barbara Brownell

Barbara has been a member of the Group Rep for 10 years.  Most recently Barbara appeared onstage at GRT as Ida in Morning’s at Seven. Previous GRT credits include Madge in The Game’s Afoot, Mother in London Suite, appeared in the virtual production of the 4th Annual Nine Winning One Acts in The Next Ivan Sharansky and starred in GRT’s mainstage production A Dull Pain Turned Sharp where she was nominated in Broadway World for Performer of the Decade in 2020.

Her GRT directing credits include Cleveland and Dallas for GRT’s outdoor production of Motel 66 Prior to that she directed our critically acclaimed production of Laundry and Bourbon and Lone Star by James McLure where she was nominated in Broadway World as Best Director

Barbara Brownell began her performing career at five as Goldilocks. Eighteen years later she made it to Broadway in Play it Again, Sam with Woody Allen and Diane Keaton. She also appeared Off Broadway in The Ballad of Johnny Pot and at the Actor’s Studio in King Lear. Films include “Going Home,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Behind the Candelabra” and “The Master.” TV roles have ranged everywhere from a Hooker (“Ironsides”) to a nun (“Our House”). Other favorite TV credits include “Malcolm in the Middle,” “LA Law,” “Mary Tyler Moore,” “Night Court,” “Mad Men” and “Grey’s Anatomy.” She has also had recurring roles on “Webster” and “M*A*S*H.”

Her solo show, Finding My Light, was selected for NAMBA, Santa Monica Binge Fringe and LA Wome’s Theatre Festival. Most was also seen on the Whitefire Theatre stage in the streamed holiday production, Winter Tales and in the 28th Annual Los Angeles Women’s Festival production And Still We Rise. In the end, however, the role that made her a star with her grandkids was as a featured player in the award winning music video “Old Town Road” with Lil Nas X in 2019.

Away from the stage, Barbara is very involved in the healing arts. She is a Certified Hypnotherapist and a Reiki Master. Barbara Brownell is trained EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) and loves to do Angel Card Readings.


Learn much more about Barbara in this interview: ACTRESS BARBARA BROWNELL CONTINUES TO INSPIRE US ALL