Distinguished in the classroom and on the stage

Tonight, Moorestown Friends School is presenting some of its outstanding alumni with special awards.

Jordan Barbour, class of 2001, is slated to receive the Young Alumni Award in recognition of his accomplishments as an actor, singer and dancer.

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Barbour has appeared in venues from Australia’s Sydney Opera House to the Contemporary Drama Festival in Budapest with a role he originated with the Young Jean Lee theater company in her groundbreaking work, The Shipment.

At MFS, Barbour was named a National Achievement Commended Scholar and a Bloustein Distinguished Scholar. He was named to the Cum Laude society as a junior and was selected for the New Jersey Governor’s School of the Arts in music in 2000. After graduating from MFS, Barbour earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia University in American Studies and also studied vocal performance at the Julliard School.

Barbour’s roles in New York have included Countee Cullen in Langston in Harlem; the Tao Master in Frog Kiss; Our Country’s Good; Don’t Talk to Strangers; Measure for Measure; Freedom Train; Dance Dance Revolution; and The Three Sisters. He has appeared in both the National and International tours of The Shipment with stops including Paris, Vienna, Rotterdam, Zurich, Brussels, Hamburg and Berlin.

Regional appearances have included the role of Teddy in Stormy Weather with Leslie Uggams at Pasadena Playhouse; Tom Collins in Rent at both the Weston Playhouse and Syracuse Stage; Schroeder in You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown at Two River Playhouse; and roles at Williamstown in Big Money, Cold Hard Cash, Wing It!, On the Razzle, Party Come Here, and at the Perseverance Theater, he has been Rosencrantz in Hamlet, Hud in Hair, and a part in Yeast National, and had roles in Pulitzer-Prize winning Suzan-Lori Parks’ play Top Dog/Underdog, and Dael Orlandersmith’s Yellowman.

The MFS Young Alumni Award is presented to a recent MFS graduate on or before the 10-year reunion, who has distinguished themselves either through meritorious achievement in the early years of theircareer, or through exceptional service to the community or to the school.

The award will be presented to Barbour at the Dinner Among Friends, one of the major events held during Alumni Weekend 2011, at 6 p.m. in the school’s dining hall commons.

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