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College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Department of Theatre

Degree Programs

Rick Barbour

Johnson-McFarlane Hall
1903 E. Iliff Ave., Room 118
Denver, CO 80208
Phone: 303-871-4394

Rick has taught acting, directing, and a wide variety of theater courses to conservatory, undergraduate, graduate, teen and adult students for more than 25 years.

In addition to teaching, he works professionally as a freelance director and acting coach. A founding member and associate artist at Great River Shakespeare Festival (GRSF) since 2004, Rick created and led GRSF's production wing for its first two seasons, and now returns each summer as a resident director.

Rick has twice served as an associate director for the Denver Center Theatre Company and was DCTC's production manager for five seasons. In that role, he oversaw all day‐to-day production demands for the company, including the world premiere of Peter Hall's Tantalus and Moisés Kaufman's The Laramie Project.

Off‐campus directorial credits include:

  • Macbeth, Mad ForestThe Admirable Crichton for the National Theatre Conservatory at the DCPA
  • King Lear, Hamlet, PericlesJulius Caesar for Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minn.

Department of Theatre productions include:

  • Julius Caesar
  • Far Away
  • Laramie Ten Years Later: An Epilogue Tectonic Theatre Project
  • Quake
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • Othello     
  • The God of Hell
  • Henry VI, Part 3
  • Antigone