Barney L. Hammond (M.A. ’77)

Barney L. Hammond, born Sept. 30, 1943 in Corpus Christi, TX passed away peacefully in Winston Salem, NC at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home on April 10, 2024 from complications due to pneumonia. He was preceded in death by his parents, Dr. Lloyd D. Hammond and Jean Ashley Hammond, and beloved wife Utah (Jutta) Ground Hammond.

Barney was an internationally recognized voice, speech, acting and Shakespeare text coach with the Canadian Stratford Shakespeare Festival (over 50 productions); Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, CA; Shakespeare Theatre of Washington, DC; San Diago’s Old Globe; John Houseman Acting Company; Alley Theatre in Houston, TX, and many other notable theatre companies. He is Emeritus Faculty in the School of Drama at University of North Carolina School of the Arts (1988- 2001) and founding director of voice at the MFA Acting Program, University of Texas, Austin (2001 – 2016). He received his undergraduate training at Carnegie Mellon University, Masters in Directing at University of Houston, and post graduate studies in Voice at the prestigious Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London.

Per Barney’s wishes, there will be no funeral. His remains will be sent to Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, NY where he will join his wife Utah.

In lieu of flowers, those wishing to celebrate Barney Hammond’s life and career please consider donating in his name to The School of Drama, UNCSA in care of the UNCSA Office of Advancement (336-770-3330). Condolences may be sent online through

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