"Karissa Barber impressed mightily in her award-winning performance in "Silent Sky" at Tampa Rep."
-Creative Loafing Tampa Bay
“Karissa Barber is haunting as Fantine. Take a handkerchief to this performance — if Barber's gut-wrenching "I Dreamed a Dream" doesn't start tears welling, Fantine's death scene will.” -Time Out magazine
"I learned Karissa is a consummate professional, always early, prepared, and ready to work. She is a wonderfully attentive listener onstage, giving her fellow actors all she has."
-Emilia Sargent, equity/SAG-AFTRA actress
"Since the last time I worked with Karissa, she's had two children. There's nothing that quite gives you experience with life as motherhood. That's going to be one of the key elements she'll bring to her role of Maria - knowing what motherhood is. She is an extraordinarily gifted person whose heart comes out on the stage with her, and nothing is more important than heart in the role of Maria in 'The Sound of Music.' "
-Katrina Ploof, actor/director
"She has a beautiful speaking and singing voice, good presence and physical movement, understands how to find the character from the text and translate that into action and she understands storytelling and her place in the story as an actress.”
-Mark Harfield, actor/director
“Barber reaches into the audience and grabs the heart of all mothers in a powerful performance as Kate Keller, a young mother who finds the strength to stand up to her much older husband and make difficult decisions affecting her daughter's future.”
-Donna Kelly, The Ledger