Barbara Truex r has been involved with the Portland, Maine, performing arts scene since 1989 and before that in southwestern Connecticut. As an administrator, performer and/or designer she has worked or continues to work with several local organizations and individuals including Mad Horse Theatre, The Theater Project, Acorn Productions, Figures of Speech Theatre, Portland Stage Company, Ram Island Dance, Bates Dance Festival, Maine Jazz Alliance, Michael Lane Trautman, Loopin', the Maine Squeeze and more. As a volunteer she has served on the boards and committees of WMPG, Maine Composers Forum, Maine Jazz Alliance, and hosts a weekly radio program at WMPG. She is currently the Executive Director and resident sound designer for Mad Horse Theatre in Portland.
Arts Resource Service is a full spectrum arts consultation company founded in the mid-1980's by Christopher White. Truex and White utilize their combined talents and experience to serve a broad based group of clients, providing an extremely large range of services including brokering art sales, exhibition design and installation, database creation and management, grant writing, Board development, fund raising, booking performances, financial management, and more. The couple ran the C.W. White Gallery from 2001 - 2004 presenting contemporary art from Maine and around the world.
A performing musician since the 1960's, Ms. Truex has been active in a wide range of musical genres and contexts. She is recognized as an innovator for her use of the dulcimer in jazz, pop, free improvisational music and other settings beyond the familiar folk and traditional realms. She founded and directed the Northeast Dulcimer Symposium for 17 years -- a week-long intensive study session held in the Adirondacks. She has extensive experience working with dance and theater ensembles, as a composer, on-stage musical accompanist, and sound designer. She is a member of The Maine Squeeze accordion ensemble (as percussionist); and Loopin', a world beat dance band with an emphasis on African and Latin sounds. In Loopin', Ms. Truex performs primarily on electric dulcimer and ukuleles.
Truex is also an owner/partner with Christopher White of Arts Resource Service, a full spectrum arts consultation company. Founded in the mid 1980's by White, ARS provides clients with an extremely large range of services including; brokering art sales, exhibition design and installation, database creation and management, grant writing, board development, fund raising, booking performances, financial management, audio production and more. White and Truex operated a fine art gallery on Congress St. in Portland for three years.
Ms. Truex can be reached by e-mail here .