Haven Arts Theatre

Haven Arts Theatre is a 501(c)3 theatre company in the greater Houston area.  We are committed to producing high quality theatre with local performing artists.

Art is the lie that enables us to realize the truth.

–Pablo Picasso


Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig

by Ken Ludwig, Agatha Christie

Ken Ludwig’s clever adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic boasts all the glamour, intrigue and suspense of Dame Agatha’s celebrated novel, with a healthy dose of humor to quicken the pace.

Just after midnight, a snowdrift stops the Orient Express in its tracks. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for the time of the year, but by the morning it is one passenger fewer. An American tycoon lies dead in his compartment, stabbed eight times, his door locked from the inside. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, the passengers rely on detective Hercule Poirot to identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

Haven Arts Theatre brings this beloved murder to life in full color this summer. Don’t miss your seat on the train.

Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express” is presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals on behalf of Samuel French, Inc. http://www.concordtheatricals.com

About Us

Founding Artistic Director

Amy K Barnes toured internationally with Ballet Excelsior of Houston, performing in Australia, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria and Greece as well as cities in America including LA and New York.

After touring she attended SHSU where she studied musical theater. Since then she has pursued a career performing, directing, and choreographing around the Houston Area. She has choreographed for a wide variety of theaters and venues including (but not limited to) The Texas Renaissance Festival, TRF After Dark, and The Players Theatre Company. Recent directing credits include Cabaret (The Players Theatre Company), Dance of the Fey and As You Like It (Haven Arts Theatre).

She is also a professional actress and dancer.  She recently played Montjoy in Henry V (Shakespeare in the Shade) and Texas in Cabaret (artFACTORY). Other memorable roles includ Edith in The Diary of Anne Frank (Main Street Theater) and a Super in Rigoletto (Houston Grand Opera), Daniel in The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) [Revised].


Founding Executive Director

Jared Alan Barnes is an actor, singer, dancer, director, and fighter.  He majored in Musical Theatre at SHSU and has continued pursuing a career as a professional performing artist since then.

Recent credits include Sweeney Todd (Sweeney Todd) At artFACTORY, As you Like It (Orlando) with Haven Arts Theatre, and Pure Country (World Premiere) with Lyric Stage in Irving.  He has played King Henry VIII, and Hercules at the Texas Renaissance Festival, and Patrick Star at Moody Gardens. Other roles include: El Gallo in The Fantasticks, Jesus in Godspell, and Guido in Nine.

He has also worked as a playwright and songwriter and has directed productions at various venues including LSC–Tomball and The Crighton Theatre. He worked for three years as the shop foreman at LSC–Tomball.  He is also a fight choreographer and stunt performer and teaches Theatre at Covenant Christian School.

God gave us our gifts, it is up to us to use them. We intend to.



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