Milly Slater Barranger Named a Lifetime Achiever by Marquis Who’s Who


    NEW YORK, NY, December 07, 2017 — Marquis Who's Who, the world's premier publisher of biographical profiles, is proud to name Dr. Milly Slater Barranger a Lifetime Achiever. An accomplished listee, Dr. Barranger celebrates many years' experience in her professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership qualities, and the credentials and successes she has accrued in her field. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected on the basis of current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all taken into account during the selection process.

Dr. Barranger is a distinguished theater educator, prolific author, and alumni distinguished professor emerita of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill. She is the celebrated former producing director and dramatic art department chair of the PlayMakers Repertory Company in Chapel Hill, North Carolina as well as a biographer of many theater luminaries. In 2006, her dear friend Alice M. Welsh established the Milly S. Barranger Distinguished Professorship in Dramatic Art at the College of Arts and Sciences at UNC, which has counted her among its venerable professor emeriti since 2003.

Born to C.C. Slater and Mildred Hilliard in Birmingham, Alabama, Dr. Barranger studied at the University of Montevallo to earn a bachelor's degree before attending Tulane University for a master's degree. She married G.K. Barranger, and has one daughter, Heather Dalton Barranger Case. Dr. Barranger earned a Ph.D. at Tulane in 1964 and lectured at both Louisiana State University and Tulane. In 1971, she was appointed chair of the department of theater at Tulane, which she ran for nearly a decade.

In 1982, Dr. Barranger went on as a professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and chair of dramatic art, where she is credited with building the exemplary department that still exists today. Professors that joined Dr. Barranger's celebrated staff include Judy Adamson, Nancy Lane, Craig Turner and Adam Versenyi. Under Dr. Barranger's leadership, the university constructed the UNC Center for Dramatic Art. It now houses the entire production and education programs of the department.

Between 1982 and 1999, Dr. Barranger was also the illustrious leader of PlayMakers, UNC's resident theater company, where she met Ms. Welsh. The company is still in operation. Additionally, Dr. Barranger has served as president of the American Theater Association, and has visited as a professor to the University of Tulsa and the University of Tennessee. In 1982, she became scholar-in-residence at the Yale School of Drama in New Haven, Connecticut. From 1980 to 2015, Dr. Barranger produced eight editions of “Theatre: A Way of Seeing” as well as numerous other textbooks. She documented the lives of the great women of theater, including Jessica Tandy, Margaret Webster, legendary Broadway producer Cheryl Crawford, and theater agent Audrey Wood. Additionally, Dr. Barranger has served as co-editor and contributor to numerous theater publications, and is the editor of “The Selected Letters of Stella Adler.”

Dr. Barranger served as president with the National Theatre Conference, and is affiliated with the League of Professional Theatre Women, the Theatre Library Association, the Authors Guild, and the Association of Theatre in Higher Education, which presented her with the 2009 Outstanding Teaching Award. She has been an honorary emeritus partner of the National Partners of American Theatre since 2015, and has received the 1976 New Orleans Bicentennial Award for Achievement in the Arts, the 1978 Award for Professional Achievement from the Southwest Theatre Conference, the 1979 President's Award from the University Montevallo, the 2010 New England Theatre Conference Award from the American Theatre Association, and the 2015 Tennessee Williams Distinguished Scholars Medallion from the Tennessee Williams Tribute Festival.

For a life dedicated to drama and theater education, Dr. Barranger was selected for inclusion in numerous volumes of Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the East, Who's Who in the South and Southwest, Who's Who of American Women, and the 1992 to 1993 volume of Who's Who in Entertainment. She enjoys films and travel.

In recognition of outstanding contributions to her profession and the Marquis Who's Who community, Dr. Barranger has been featured on the Marquis Who's Who Lifetime Achievers website. Please visit for more information about this honor.

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