Eric Lane Barnes



Writer, composer, lyricist
Assistant Artistic Director, Flying House Productions
Director, Captain Smartypants

Eric Lane Barnes is the author of the critically acclaimed Fairy Tales, which received numerous awards in Chicago, New York, and London. His scores and scripts for Chicago's Lifeline Theatre include Tuck Everlasting, The Amazing Bone, Simple Jim and His Four Fabulous Friends, and Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, the latter of which has toured the USA and has enjoyed many successful regional productions. His musical The Stops, which centers on the lives of three lady organists, was awarded Best Musical at the 2006 National Gay and Lesbian Theatre Festival and opens at San Francisco's New Conservatory Theatre in June of 2011. Eric's show Rapture of the Deep was written with the help of a grant from the City of Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, and was co-presented by Seattle's Balagan Theatre. His most recent show The Holiday Stops broke all box office records in the history of Richmond's Triangle Players.

Since their inception in 2000, Barnes' vocal ensemble Captain Smartypants has performed with Margaret Cho, Jennifer Holliday, Kelli O'Hara, Kristin Chenoweth, Megan Hilty, American Idol finalist Blake Lewis and many others. Captain Smartypants has toured the Northwest and beyond with their shows Sticks and Stones, Undercover, Trousers of Terror, PowerPants, Cirque du Slaque, Air Smarty, Eat, Pray, Pant and A Panty Line. "Fruit of the Month Club" and "Undercover," Smartypants' two CDs, are available online through iTunes, CD Baby or Their video performance of "Kislev Cowboys" (aka "Brokeback Dreidel") has received over half a million hits on YouTube since it posted in 2008. Look for Son of Trousers of Terror, opening May 24, 2013 at Seattle's Erickson Theatre.

Barnes' list of choral commissioners includes The Esoterics; The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington DC; The New York City Gay Men's Chorus; One Voice Charlotte; The Quire; The San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus; Sound Circle; The Turtle Creek Chorale; and The Windy City Gay Chorus. Several of his pieces are published through Shawnee Press, including "Lambscapes," "It's Our Christmas Cheer" and "Glee."


Recently Eric wrote songs and underscoring for the independent films In-laws and Outlaws, Waxie Moon, Seattle to Ghana and the upcoming independent feature Fallen Jewel. He is currently working on a children's book, a young adult novel, a fractured fairy tale and a musical featuring buckets and buckets of blood.