Contact

Barbara and I clicked from the first phone call.
She made me feel so comfortable, I felt like I knew her for years.

~ Jadee & Damian, married in May


• Phone: 646-648-0128

• Email: Barbara@JesterOfThePeace.com

• Mail:
Planetarium Station
PO Box 715
New York, NY 10024

Travel and destination weddings gladly considered. 



Barbara, how did you become a wedding officiant?

I was called upon by two sets of friends in the summer of 2005 to officiate both of their weddings on opposite coasts. I loved it with a capital L-O-V-E. Upon moving to New York City in 2009, on Valentine's Day no less, I answered that call anew by becoming a registered wedding officiant. In 2013, I became an Ordained Interfaith Minister through One Spirit Interfaith Seminary, after a two year soulful and joyful journey of my heart and mind in a courageous, clever and caring community. 

So far, I've been featured as a wedding officiant on the Four Weddings show on The Learning Channel, in the New York Times, New York Daily News, the Huffington Post, New York Magazine... and in dear family photo albums all over the world.

Today, I am so happy to serve your love with my creativity, sensitivity, wit, wisdom, and laughter. You'll feel at home with me, and your wedding ceremony will feel like a homecoming celebration into your love.


Barbara, what's unique about you as a Wedding Officiant?


What sets me apart is my range of custom design. I am open to whatever expression of love is most true for you, from cherished tradition to artful invention to a mix of everything in between. Sweet beach side wedding to helicopter wedding to intimate living room gathering to roller disco extravaganza. It's the way I bring myself as a collaborative artist to your love.


Now, here's my "official" biography. Enjoy!

My artist website: Jester Of The Peace

Barbara Ann Michaels, Jester of the Peace, and Ordained Interfaith Minister, makes a career of the interplay of love, art, and comedy. She is an award-winning wedding officiant in New York City, specializing in highly personalized weddings, including costume and adventure ceremonies. She has been featured on The Learning Channel’s Four Weddings, in the New York Times, Boston Globe, New York Daily News, New York Magazine, and the Huffington Post, among other new outlets. She celebrates interfaith and intercultural unions, and embraces Marriage Equality. 

Artistically, Ms. Michaels specializes in audience-interactive and improvisational theater as a clown, dancer, actor, and writer. Her project, Ripple Affection, engages the public, often in the streets, playfully creating a ripple effect of happiness. Ms. Michaels also has created theatrical characters to entertain and educate for corporate and community events across the USA, through her project Applied Theatrics. Ms. Michaels has performed at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, the New York Clown Theater Festival, Miami Project, San Francisco Fringe Festival, ImprovBoston, First Night Boston, on the Discovery Channel, and as a clown in Spain, Brazil and Germany.

Her BA with honors in Modern Culture and Media is from Brown University. She has an MFA in performance art from Massachusetts College of Art. She also attended the Salt Center for Documentary Field Studies. Her education in physical theater includes workshops around the world with master teachers in clown, mime, improvisation, and now voice.  

She chooses to believe she was conceived on Valentine's Day, as her birthday falls nine months later, lovingly landing on November 14th each year. Ms. Michaels was born to love. 


Her motto is "Love is Art. Art is Love." Her other motto is "Have Fun. Be True."


Barbara has performed in/on/at a...
Wedding
Public park
Public library
Tradeshow
Fundraiser
Kids party
Schools K-12
University
Day care center
Senior center
Street corner

International festival
Fringe Festival
Street fair
Holiday Parade
Pride Parade
Opera house
Baseball game
Town parade
Corporate party
Restaurant
Night club
TV special
Short film
Rock concert
Circus tent
Park bench
Hay bale
Roof of a car
Abandoned bridge
Drawbridge
Greenhouse
Under an overpass
Moving trolley
Graveyard
Subway
Basement
Store window
Squash court
Tunnel
Open field
Living room
Doorway