Rick Barbour


Professional Biography

Currently serving as chair of University of Denver’s Department of Theatre, Rick has taught acting, directing and a wide variety of theatre courses to conservatory, undergrad, grad, teen and adult students for over thirty years. In addition to teaching, he works professionally as a free-lance director and acting coach.

A founding member and Associate Artist at Great River Shakespeare Festival since 2004, Rick created and led GRSF’s production wing for its first two seasons, and now returns each summer as a resident director.

With the Denver Center Theatre Company, Rick has twice served as an Associate Director, and was DCTC’s Production Manager for five seasons, overseeing all day-to-day production demands for the company, including the world-premieres of Peter Hall’s Tantalus and Moisés Kaufman’s The Laramie Project.

Rick also served as adjunct faculty/guest director for the National Theatre Conservatory at the Denver Center, and as director/coordinator for two TEDxDU events.

A graduate of Temple University’s Professional Actor Training Program (MFA, 1983), Rick has served on the board of Alliance for Colorado Theatre, the voice of theatre education in Colorado, and is a member of Theatre Communications Group, the national organization for the American theatre.


  • MFA, Acting, Temple University, 1983
  • Certificate, Actor Training Program, Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts at Allan Hancock College, 1980