Playwright Tom David Barna (Burkina Faso)



The Minnesota Playwright

Tom David Barna (Burkina Faso 1979-80)

Born in McKees Rocks, Pennsylvania-USA, Tom David Barna is a graduate of Kaiserslautern American High School in Germany and New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico-USA. A a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Burkina Faso (1979-80) and a retired Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel.  His paternal grandparents immigrated from Russia.  Tom’s father, Thomas Barna was the first family member born in the United States and buried at Arlington National Cemetery having served in the Korean Conflict and the Viet Nam War.​​​​

Tom David Barna, playwright, has penned more than forty-two full length plays, forty-nine short plays, co-author for a 13-part radio series and author of four children’s books (Cantata Publishing) and several eBooks (Rakuten Kobo Publishing). He has been commissioned for projects as varied as episodic radio and children’s musicals and recently collaborated on a new full-length musical with Melody Bay Productions/Publisher, a Minneapolis, MN company.  He is the recipient of more than twenty-seven regional non-equity and/or festival productions and/or staged readings since 2009.  Tom has also directed, produced and performed on stage.

A list of his full length plays and short plays:

  • Dance Of The Sugar Plums
  • It’s All So Alien To Me
  • The Dream Catcher…
  • The 4th Law Revisited
  • Who’s Playing Whom?
  • People Are Dying To Eat You
  • The Marine Cardinal
  • Introducing Miss Ima Mann
  • Coming Out To Daniel Levy
  • Blind
  • Elevator
  • The Red Trinity
  • Precedent, Presidents and Passion
  • I Can Dance, I Can Dance On The Homefront
  • Lemonade
  • Just Another Family
  • The Art of Non-Disclosure
  • The Cardinals
  • A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To Hell
  • The Three Days of Nubia
  • Still Helen’s Inner Circle
  • A Day In The Life Of..
  • The Sun Go Down
  • Lately It’s Not What It Seems
  • Everyday People
  • Some Gave All
  • Before They Were People Ready-The Musical
  • Music In The Clouds





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