Theater community mourns Barry Austin

Barry Austin on the set of “The Glass Menagerie” at the Virginia Samford Theatre. (Photo courtesy of David McMahon).

Updated with details of service.

The Birmingham theater community is mourning the loss of Barry Austin, the prolific and popular actor who died earlier this week.

Facebook has been flooded with memories of Austin, who appeared in many shows on many stages.

A graduate of Birmingham-Southern College (with a master’s in directing from the University of Alabama), Austin’s stage work included “Little Shop of Horrors” and “Hairspray” at Red Mountain Theatre, “The Producers” and “Company” at the Virginia Samford Theatre, “The Tribute Artist” and “Pete ‘N Keeley” at Terrific New Theatre, “Other Desert Cities” at Birmingham Festival Theatre, “Peter and the Starcatcher” at City Equity Theatre, “Sweeney Todd” at New Hampshire’s Papermill Theatre, “Give My Regards to Broadway” at off-Broadway’s Playhouse 91 and many, MANY more.

Directing credits included “Love for Love” at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival, “Equus” at the University of Alabama, “Closer Than Ever” at Theatre Tuscaloosa, “The Mystery of Love and Sex” at TNT, and “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “I Am My Own Wife” at BFT.

Beloved by many, Austin was also an organizer of One Voice, Birmingham, an online choir during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Austin was also public affairs specialist at the Birmingham VA Hospital, who mourned his death in a note to employees today.

Service will be Thursday, April 11, at 2 p.m. at Mountain Brook Baptist Church, 3631 Montevallo Road, 35213. Visitation will follow.

3 comments On Theater community mourns Barry Austin

  • Barry Austin was a professional presence on stage. I have enjoyed every play I saw where he had a position in front or behind the curtain. He was always in command of his talents, calmly leading and acting, whichever it took. We will miss Barry.

    Herb Patterson

  • Much love to Barry’s Family and Friends. He was so talented! I’m grateful to have worked with him on stage – and to have had his friendship at UA. Xoxoxo.

  • Barry was a wonderful man.. I loved working with him … the VA has lost a great man…

    Fly high into the arms of your lord and savior Jesus Christ..

    Rest now my friend….😂😂😂

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