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Joe Barney '81

What being an alumnus means to me...

I still can't believe that it has been 30 years since I graduated from Manhattanville, it seems like yesterday. My years at Manhattanville were truly some of the best of my life. I received a great education, made life long friends and met my wife. All thanks to the "Ville". I was very active in all aspects of campus life. I was a member of Student Government, The Programming Board and The Orientation Board. I spent many hours in the Little Theatre working on numerous plays and musicals, learning the tricks of the trade from Professor John Huberth.  I was one of three students picked to be a manager of  the campus pub, Sneaky Pete's. I had teachers that not only cared about your grades but you as a person as well, John Murray, Everett Delhante, and Chris Monte just to name a few. I realize now that my life has been shaped by the time I spent at Manhattanville. All that time I spent in the little theatre and making announcements in the cafeteria paid off as I have  been performing all over country since 1981.


My Wife, Ann is a graduate of the class of 1984 and together we have six wonderful children. Our oldest daughter is a high school teacher, two girls are in college, and two girls are at home. One is in high school and just recently decided that Manhattanville is her number one choice in colleges. The other one is in sixth grade.  Our son has followed in my footsteps and is performing with Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus.

 Joe Barney '81 has been spreading smiles around the country for over thirty years as a clown and comedy magician. He has appeared with Ringling Brothers Barnum Bailey Circus, The Big Apple Circus and at Radio City Music Hall. Joe is an International Ambassador for Clowns of America and a member of The Red Cross Red Nose response team that sends entertainers into disaster areas to help relieve the situation with humor. Joe's most rewarding work has been Through the Big Apple Circus Clown Care program where he served as "Doc Geezer" Chief of "Fartiology" at the Yale New Haven Children's Hospital. Joe has his own entertainment and production company; Center Ring Productions. Joe has produced events and shows for Six Flags, Macy's, Disney and the White House. Joe portrays Circus Impresario PT Barnum, for The State of Connecticut, The Barnum Museum and for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey. It's only fitting that Joe and his family make their home in Bridgeport, Connecticut the birthplace of the Greatest Show on Earth. Summer 2011, Joe sets sail on Royal Caribbean cruise lines where he will be performing on The Allure of the Seas, The worlds Largest Cruise Ship.

Click here to view Joe's Resume: Joe Barney Resume

In May 2011, Joe celebrated his 30th Reunion! Together, he and Randy Curato served as the Reunion Class Chairs for the Class of 1981.