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Matthew Shepard: 20 years later, the killing hasn’t stopped by John Moore, DCPA News

I had the great opportunity to talk about my experience at DCPA with THE LARAMIE PROJECT.

“We’re living right now in such a completely fractured series of echo chambers that people are vigilantly protecting and not wanting to step out of,” Barbour said. “Events like The Laramie Project give us an opportunity to deal with trauma in a roomful of people who don’t necessarily feel the same way we do.”

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About Rick

Current/recent professional directing credits include All’s Well That Ends Well at Great River Shakespeare Festival (summer 2018, www.grsf.org), Stefanie Zadravec’s The Electric Baby at the Arvada Center in Colorado, Donald Margulies’ Shipwrecked! at GRSF, and Twelfth Night at Illinois Shakespeare Festival.

GRSF founding member and Associate Artist since 2004, Rick created and led the festival’s production wing for its first two seasons, then served as director of the company’s Apprentice/Intern productions of Julius Caesar, Pericles, Hamlet, King Lear, All’s Well That Ends Well, Macbeth, Troilus & Cressida, and King John.

Faculty member since 2003 and past chair of the Department of Theatre at University of Denver (http://www.du.edu/ahss/theatre/), Rick has taught acting, directing and a variety of theatre courses to conservatory, undergrad, grad, teen and adult students for over thirty years. University directing credits include The Shape of Things (Fall 2018), Pericles, Two Rooms, Beth, Dog Act, Hamlet, Some Girl(s), Far Away, Julius Caesar, Quake, The Grapes of Wrath, Othello, Henry VI.3, Antigone, and Yours Anne.

As guest director with the National Theatre Conservatory (Denver Center for the Performing Arts’ professional actor training program), Rick directed productions of Macbeth, Mad Forest, and The Admirable Crichton.

As Production Manager for 50+ productions at Denver Center Theatre Company, Rick oversaw the world premieres of Peter Hall’s Tantalus and Moisés Kaufman’s The Laramie Project, among others.

With PCPA Theaterfest in California, Rick acted in over 25 productions, taught advanced acting in the conservatory training program, and directed several mainstage productions and over forty full-length student projects.

A graduate of Temple University’s Professional Actor Training Program (MFA, 1983), Rick has also worked at Geva Theatre in Rochester, NY; Milwaukee Repertory Theatre; Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Utah Shakespearean Festival; Sacramento Theatre Company; and Philadelphia Festival for New Plays.

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