Paul Barnes

Paul Barnes

Director for Macbeth

Paul Barnes is one of the three founding Producing Directors of the Great River Shakespeare Festival, and returns this summer to direct the Festival’s 2019 season production of “Macbeth.”  Previous assignments at GRSF include “Georama,” “The Glass Menagerie,” “The Daly News,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor,” “The Comedy of Errors,” “The Two Gentlemen of Verona,” “Henry IV, Part 1,” “The Merchant of Venice,” “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” “As You Like It,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Much Ado About Nothing,” and GRSF’s premiere season production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”  Mr. Barnes directs at regional theatre companies and at college and university training programs throughout the country. His work includes assignments for Repertory Theatre of Saint Louis, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, the Alley Theatre, the Denver Center Theatre Company, the Clarence Brown Theatre, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Geva Theatre, Syracuse Stage, American Players Theatre, the Folger Theatre, the Fulton Theatre, the Commonweal Theatre, Pioneer Theatre Company; the Alabama, California, Chesapeake, Idaho, Oregon, Orlando, and Utah Shakespeare companies; Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre, Phoenix Theatre; the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre, University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre, University of Delaware/PTTP, the University of Missouri, Kansas City, the University of Utah/Caine School of the Arts, the University of Oklahoma/Helmerich School of Drama, the University of Utah/PATP, and Webster University’s Conservatory of Theatre Arts actor training programs. Mr. Barnes was the Education Director at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, one of the founding directors of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre in Ashland, Oregon (where he makes his home), and the Conservatory Director/Associate Artistic Director of PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria and Solvang, California where he was a resident director and administrator for 10 years. Upcoming assignments include “Murder For Two” (CenterREPertory Theatre, Walnut Creek, CA), and “Alabama Story” (Actors Theatre of Indiana, Carmel, IN). Mr. Barnes is the recipient of numerous awards and recognition for his work, including the Best Director Award at New York City’s 2016 All Out Arts/Fresh Fruit New Works Festival for his direction of Michael Raver’s “Fire on Babylon,” which was given a workshop production at the Great River Shakespeare Festival during the summer of 2016. www.paulbarnesdirector.com