Teaching Artist

About Barbara

 "if music be the food of on!"

Barbara has worked with many of Washington’s theatre companies such as The Faction of Fools, Forum Theatre, Le Neon Theatre, The Washington Shakespeare Company/AvantBard. Internationally, she studied at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, The British American Drama Academy in Oxford and had the opportunity to participate in the international theatre collective Les Rencontres Theatral in Corsica where she performed LES TROYENNES/ The Trojan Women. As a cabaret and jazz artist she has appeared at several venues including La Maison Francaise, L’Alliance Francaise, the Phillips Collection, The Society of the Cincinnati, The Arts Club of Washington, The Harman Center of the Arts, Washington Women in Theatre, Flashpoint Theatre, The Creative Cauldron. She has performed at local jazz venues: The Black Fox Lounge, Twins Jazz, Sofitel, Bistro Lepic Wine Bar and DC's favorite historic pub on the hill, Mr. Henry’s. 

Barbara Papendorp has performed in and around DC, singing French Cabaret songs in I LOVE PARIS! A Bastille Day Celebration at La Maison Française, An American in Paris—Paris on the Potomac at L’Alliance Française of Washington DC. and RENOIR’S RETURN at the Phillips Collection. Barbara received glowing reviews as Violette the Dancehall Singer in La Vagabonde (Parisian Cabaret) with Le NEON Theatre  (“…lovely solos by vocalist Barbara Papendorp,… superb teasing and poignant singing of Barbara Papendorp…[She] delivers the on-stage performances of music hall songs in the Edith Piaf mode.")
Barbara appeared as the Chanteuse and Louise in the Washington Shakespeare Company’s PRIVATE LIVES and the companion piece COWARD CABARET at PLAYBILL CAFÉ where she received such accolades as: 

“Interspersed throughout the play are musical interludes provided by Barbara Papendorp, who appears suddenly behind a black scrim to the side, providing beautiful melodies between scenes. She's a wonderful addition to the show and an often blissful reprieve from the cannon fire on stage. Papendorp also makes a brief cameo as a French maid, who manages to get laughs without one line in English.”

​Barbara Papendorp

COVID -19 Musical Musings...

​Songs for Social Distancing

Tune in September 9, 2020 at 7pm for a Special Jazz Concert

Barbara Papendorp sings and Oren Levine plays piano presenting an hour of American and French jazz standards and original songs to entertain you at suppertime.
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Here are a couple of tunes to enjoy as we are in sheltering in place 


Ain't Misbehavin, (or am I?)