Sacramento High School and later Berkeley High School, where classmates included actress and model Rebecca Romijn and music video director Dave Meyers.
Paula Abdul, at a summer cheerleading camp in Santa Barbara.
Nickle Galleries at the University of Calgary. Entertainers have been prominent in Barnes' family for many generations. His great-aunt was actress Ann Paige, who appeared in the films China Doll and The Young Lions with co-stars Montgomery Clift, Marlon Brando, Dean Martin, and Hope Lange.
Norma Fox Mazer (who was a visiting author at his junior high school) as the defining moment when he knew he would become a writer.
Aya Cash). Barnes has been a professional writer since.
American River College in Sacramento, Barnes found his passion for playwriting. There, he was able to study creative writing and theatre formally for the first time, mentored by Emmy Award winning writer Harold Schneider and theatre director Pamela Downs.
Jessica Chastain was a fellow company member. Barnes was also a resident playwright and director at the Thistle Dew Dessert Theatre, where many of his early plays received award-winning world premieres.
Theatre School at DePaul University in Chicago, where classmates included Judy Greer and Michael Muhney. Barnes attended a master acting class at DePaul, taught by visiting guest artist and Academy Award winner Faye Dunaway. While in Chicago, Barnes also studied television production and fiction writing at Columbia College and worked as a production intern for The Montel Williams Show and VH-1.
Frozen Stars (starring Lana Parrilla of ABC's Once Upon a Time), which received worldwide distribution and is available via Netflix. The script for Frozen Stars was adapted from his stage play, which was developed while he was a college student in Chicago. Barnes and Parrilla met while co-starring in a play together, The Furthest Room, written by Paul Saucido, which was produced at the Stella Adler Theatre in Los Angeles.
Charlotte Nielsen (who also served as an executive producer and was key in getting the film produced), Juan Monsalvez, Yelba Osorio, Reynaldo Gallegos, Mateo Herreros, Leifi Phillips, James Dalesandro, Robin Karfo, and Trish DeBaun.
Lysa Flores, Jaci Velasquez, Crystal Lewis, an original title song by Wendy MaHarry, and two tracks by Latin freestyle legend Angelina (who spent time on the set). The film was recognized for featuring a predominantly Latino cast. As a result, the film received international press coverage and received a world premiere screening at the Directors Guild of America in Los Angeles.
Kupenda Films and Revolver Amsterdam and directed by Dutch filmmaker Coen Haver. The film will premiere in Europe in early 2019, including planned screenings at Pink Film Days in Amsterdam, at the New Renaissance Film Festival in London, and a planned screening in Shanghai.
2017 New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam, the award for Best Short Script at the 2017 Play Film Festival in Paris, the award for Best Short Screenplay at the Sunday Shorts Film Festival in London, and a 2018 Los Angeles Film Award for Best Drama Screenplay for Boxcar.
Barnes also received a 2017 Los Angeles Film Award for Best Screenplay Short, the award for Best Short Screenplay at the 2017 Universe Multicultural Film Festival in Los Angeles, and the award for Best Screenplay Short at the 2017 Changing Face International Film Festival in Sydney, Australia for his screenplay Tagged, which explores the lives of two young black women coping with the homicide of a man they loved.
For his dramatic screenplay Made From Scratch, Barnes was named the 2017 Grand Prize Jury Winner at Film Invasion L.A. The script also received an award from the 2017 Colorado International Film Festival.
Barnes' screenplay Baby in the Basement, a dramatic story about two teen runaways whose friendship sadly turns into a mutual suicide pact, received the 2017 European Independent Film Award for Best Short Film Script and the award for Best Short Film Script from the 2017 Mindfield Film Festival in Albuquerque. The script was also named a finalist for Best Short Script at the 2017 Play Film Festival in Paris.
Bold Strokes Books, 2010), Accidents Never Happen (Bold Strokes Books, 2011), Swimming to Chicago (Bold Strokes Books, 2011), The Jetsetters (Bold Strokes Books, 2012), Ambrosia (Blue Dasher Press, 2012), Wonderland (Bold Strokes Books, 2013), Stronger Than This (Bold Strokes Books, 2014), Fifty Yards and Holding (Bold Strokes Books, 2015), and the novelettes Backfire, Bruised, Delinquent, I Think We're Alone Now, Patience is Waiting, and Riding with James Dean. Two of his young adult novels, Swimming to Chicago and Wonderland, have been recognized by the American Library Association for their inclusion and diversity. Barnes has just completed work on his forthcoming young adult novel, The Marijuana Mermaids.
Playscripts, Inc.), Better Places to Go (Blue Dasher Press), Bracelets and Boyfriends (JAC Publishing), Clean (JAC Publishing), Don't Mention It (JAC Publishing), False Hopes (JAC Publishing), Frozen Stars (Blue Dasher Press), Johnny Ramirez Really Wants to Kiss Me (Blue Dasher Press), Pensacola (JAC Publishing), Sloe Gin Fizz (JAC Publishing), Somebody's Baby (Blue Dasher Press), Temporary Heroes (Brooklyn Publishers), Threnody (Blue Dasher Press), and Unrequited (Brooklyn Publishers). Barnes also writes plays and scenes for young performers. These titles are available from publisher Drama Notebook, including his series of educational short plays, The Hula Hoop Girls. Barnes has just completed work on two new stage plays, The Truants and Vacancies.
Oglethorpe University in Atlanta with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications and English. He earned a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina, where literary mentors included Brighde Mullins, Elissa Schappell, Cathy Smith Bowers, and Ashley Warlick.
In 2007, Barnes received a scholarship to study playwriting in workshop with Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Marsha Norman at the Southampton Theatre Conference at Stony Brook University in New York. While there, Barnes was also selected for a private workshop with bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates. Barnes has also been a MasterClass student of powerhouse television producer and writer Shonda Rhimes, bestselling author Margaret Atwood, and bestselling author Judy Blume. He has also been a workshop student of writer and translator Achy Obejas, bestselling author Dorothy Allison, and poet Lauren Zuniga.
As a theatre director, Barnes has brought more than 40 shows to the stage, including productions of Bent, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Danny and the Deep Blue Sea, The House of Yes, Pride and Prejudice, Steel Magnolias, Suburbia, Teach Me How to Cry, The Vagina Monologues, and the Colorado premiere of The Best of Everything, adapted for the stage by Julie Kramer, from the novel by Rona Jaffe.
Barnes has been an educator for over a decade, instructing college courses in writing, literature, and theatre.
In 2008, he was nationally selected to serve as the Emerging Writer-in-Residence at Pennsylvania State University in Altoona.
From January 2009 until January 2015, he was a faculty member and on line instructor at Southern Crescent Technical College in Griffin, Georgia, where he developed the curriculum for a first-ever Theatre Appreciation course, which received statewide approval from the Technical College System of Georgia for instruction in 25 colleges. He also served as the college's cheerleading coach and was the founding faculty advisor of the Performing and Literary Arts Student Association (PALASA).
In January 2015, Barnes was named the new Program Director and Lead Faculty of the Theatre Arts department at Red Rocks Community College in Lakewood, Colorado, where he was the recipient of the 2016 Inclusion and Diversity Service Award.
In August 2018, Barnes was named the new Director of Marketing and Communications at Red Rocks Community College. He also serves as the Educational Consultant for Amelia Indie Authors.
Under his different pen names, he is a member of the Association of Writers and Writing Programs, the Dramatists Guild of America, International Thriller Writers, the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and TCM Backlot.
Barnes writes horror films under the pen name Declan Mayfair, contemporary romance novels and screenplays under the pen name Wren Valentino, and gay romance novels under the pen name Dylan Madrid.
He divides his time between Denver and Chicago.