is she and what does she think she's doing?
Barbara Spilman Lawson was an elementary
school teacher for 22 years and is now a professional
singer/storyteller and writer of educational materials
and children's books.
During her teaching years, Barb presented
workshops at state-wide Early Childhood conferences,
worked with Gifted and Talented students across the
state in drama, and wrote, directed, and produced for
children's theater. Barb was also the Augusta County,
VA Teacher in Space applicant in 1985.
Barb has entertained thousands of students, teachers, and families up and down the east coast with her hilarious, interactive storytelling programs, workshops and in-services. And check out what people are saying about her shows! She has also done presentations for children and adults at numerous public libraries, festivals as well as state and national conferences.
by Shel Silverstein
Draw a crazy picture,
Write a nutty poem,
Sing a mumble-gumble song,
Whistle through your comb.
Do a loony-goony dance
Cross the kitchen floor,
Put something silly in the world
That ain't been there before.
At the Virginia Festival of the Book in Charlottesville, Barb has been a featured storyteller for many years. She has performed leading and supporting roles in over 50 musical theater productions with the Waynesboro Players, Oak Grove Theatre and ShenanArts. Barb also acted in the Parents' Choice Award-winning PBS television special, RHYMES AND REASONS.
"Songs with a TWIST" is Barb's first music CD for kids. She worked with world-renowned musician, Richard Adams, to produce a wild and wacky, fun-filled treat for the whole family. There is also an accompanying songbook! And released in 2009, is Barb’s second CD, “MORE Songs with a Twist!” with 10 more wild and crazy songs!
Barb is married to Charlie, a VW enthusiast and owner of C J Buggs Import Repair Service. They have a beautiful 17-year-old daughter, Jenni.