Paul Barnes is a free-lance theatre director who makes his home in Ashland, Oregon, where he was Education Director for the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (1979-1987) and co-founder of the Oregon Cabaret Theatre. He was Conservatory Director/Associate Artistic Director at Pacific Conservatory Theatre/PCPA Theaterfest in Santa Maria and Solvang, California, from 1987-1997. In 2002 he co-founded the Great River Shakespeare Festival in Winona, Minnesota, where he is an Associate Artist/Resident Director.
Mr. Barnes's recent directing assignments include productions of A Midsummer Night's Dream and Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap (Repertory Theatre of St. Louis), The Merry Wives of Windsor (GRSF), Noises Off (PCT/PCPA), Tribes (Phoenix Theatre), and Macbeth (The Hilberry Theatre). Utah audiences may be familiar with his work at Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City (Annie, Irving Berlin's White Christmas, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night's Dream, A Christmas Story, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Brighton Beach Memoirs, As You Like It, Camelot) and at the Utah Shakespeare Festival, where he directed regularly from 1993 to 2007.
Additional directing credits include productions at Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theatre, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Syracuse Stage, Geva Theatre Center, American Players Theatre, the Clarence Brown Theatre, Nevada Conservatory Theatre, Skylight Opera Theatre, the Oregon, Alabama, Idaho, California, and Orlando, Florida Shakespeare Festivals, and the University of Utah/PATP, University of Delaware/PTTP, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre, University of San Diego/Old Globe Theatre, Webster University Conservatory of Theatre Arts, University of Nevada-Las Vegas, and University of Missouri-Kansas City BFA and MFA training programs.
Upcoming projects include Othello (University of Oklahoma-Norman), The Tempest (Webster University), and The Glass Menagerie (Great River Shakespeare Festival).