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Barbara Gehring as `The Hawk'

Barbara Gehring
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"The Hawk"



When Barbara Gehring was growing up as Barbara Melnyk in East St. Paul, near Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, she always wanted to be a teacher and an actor. Her Uncle Mel always called her his "little movie star."

Shortly after receiving her Bachelor of Education degree with a double major in English and Theatre from the University of Manitoba, she got her first wish. She was accepted into the JET (Japanese Exchange Teaching) program and flew off to Japan to teach English. There she met Paul Gehring from Colorado who also was in the JET program. They found that they were assigned to the same island of Hokkido -- though a 4 hour drive apart. They must have managed to visit now and then, because they were married on the island. While in the JET program Barbara was learning as well as teaching. She learned to speak fluent Japanese and Paul taught her martial arts, including Go Ju Ryu Okinawan karate, Odojo karate, and Matajoshi kobudo.

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After their three years with JET were up, Barbara Gehring and her husband moved in with Paul's mother in Boulder, Colorado. Barbara had missed acting while in Japan, so she decided to try out for some theatrical roles. Barbara won the role of Meredith in "Five Women Wearing the Same Dress" at the Denver Civic Theatre.

Barbara Gehring also taught 5th grade at Sacred Heart School in Boulder from 1995-1997. But she soon found the schedule of running to Denver for auditions and shows after teaching class in Boulder was too stressful. She decided to devote herself to acting full-time, though she does still teach karate with her husband at the Boulder KoDoKan. [ http://www.boulderkodokan.com/ ]

She played Holly Pharme in "Murder Most Fowl" at the Avenue Theatre in Denver for over a hundred shows, worked with the Headgames improv troupe in Boulder for 3 years and performed with Comedy Sports (now Impulse Theatre) for a year. Barbara Gehring has also performed with the ACME Comedy Players.

With Linda Klein and Matthew Taylor, Barbara Gehring makes up the A.C.E. (American, Canadian, English) international improv comedy trio. [ http://www.acecomedy.com/ ] A.C.E. performed at the Howling Wolf nightclub in Aspen during the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival. They also performed in an HBO industrial showcase in the spring of 1999, went to the Winnipeg Fringe Festival in June, were at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in August 1999, and performed in Chicago early in 2000.

Barbara likes the challenge of a wide variety of work. In addition to her comedy and dramatic work (including the short film "Heraldo" and the television pilot "Class"), Barbara Gehring does commercials, industrial videos, voice-overs, and modeling.

While "Dragon and the Hawk" expanded Barbara's repertoire into action films, her first love is still comedy. She will continue to perform with A.C.E.. She would love to do a variety show with A.C.E. along the lines of "Saturday Night Live". But after her performance in "Dragon and the Hawk" directors may be calling on her to do more action films.

Barbara Gehring's personal page:
http://www.barbaragehring.com

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Dragon and the Hawk

Dragon and the Hawk