Barbara Wegher-Thompson holds a BA and MA in Dance from UCLA, with an emphasis in performance and choreography. She toured as a featured performer with the UCLA Dance Company, was a member of Alleluia Dance Theater, and performed with the the LA based company, Martha Kalman and Dancers. During her training at UCLA she had extended, intensive work with the Limon Dance Company and with Alwin Nikolais.
After graduating, she performed in numerous musicals with Santa Barbara Repertory and Alhecama Theater in Santa Barbara. These productions included My Fair Lady, The King and I, Hello Dolly!, and The Most Happy Fella. She toured with both Hubert Castle Shrine Circus and Paul Kaye’s Circus International, as part of a dance troupe - Trios Los Gauchos.
Between 1982 and 1984, Barbara studied film acting at Jane Bolton Studios in Hollywood, joined SAG, and had small roles in film and TV, including Private School and Square Pegs.
She received certification as an Alexander Technique teacher from the Alexander Foundation in Philadelphia in 1991. She is a teaching member of Alexander Technique International. During the past 30 years at CLU Barbara has taught Alexander Technique, Linklater Voice, dance, and Movement for Actors with an emphasis in Viewpoints. For five years she directed the CLU Theater Department’s touring Children’s Theater, This program featured actors from the theater department performing both on tour to elementary schools as well as in productions mounted at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
Over the years, Barbara has choreographed numerous productions for CLU including Westside Story, Kiss Me Kate, Anything Goes, Cabaret, Company, Candide, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She has been movement consultant for departmental productions including Three Penny Opera; Pericles, Prince of Tyre; and Suddenly Last Summer.
She was a founding teacher with CLU’s Summer Theater Camp for Youth. The camp eventually became part of the Kingsmen Shakespeare Festival and became known as Camp Shakespeare. Yearly, Barbara directs a two week Musical Theater Workshop as part of Camp Shakespeare.
Along with working at CLU, Barbara was affiliated for 25 years with The Young Artist’s Ensemble of Thousand Oaks. She both directed and choreographed for YAE. Productions she directed include The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Charlotte’s Web; and Anne of Green Gables. Productions she choreographed include The Sound of Music, Cinderella, Kismet, and Big River. She was the founding director of Hillcrest Players, a division of YAE designed for the 9 to 15 year old performers. Some of the Hillcrest Players productions she directed include The Trial of Goldilocks, Witch Academy, Under Jekyll's Hyde, Tongue Twisted, and Twinderella.
- Alexander Technique
- Linklater Voice
- Movement for Actors (Viewpoints)
- Dance - Modern, Ballet, Jazz
- BA and MA in Dance, UCLA, Performance and Choreography emphasis
- Certification to teach Alexander Technique, 1991, The Alexander Foundation of Philadelphia