Barret O’Brien is an actor and author from New Orleans. His work has been performed in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Connecticut, Montana, Oregon, and Washington and garnered a Storer Boone Award for Best New Play; named a finalist at the William Faulkner Literary Festival; and published by Yale Palimpsest, Jefferson Journal, LA Miscellany, American Dog, Calliope Magazine, and Smith & Kraus Books.
A graduate of the Yale School of Drama, Barret has performed in over a hundred plays in venues across the country and abroad including Paris, New York, London, Los Angeles, Boston, Budapest, Bonn, Tblisi… In 2021 Barret won Best Actor at the London, Madrid, and Milan International Film Festivals for his portrayal of Quint Dubonnet in the film Garden District. He is filming the role of Carroll in the new Duplass Brothers TV series The Long Long Night.
He is the founder of Finding Our Tales, national storytelling workshops that embolden youth to share their voices through theatre. He’s led Tales at City University of NY, Southern Repertory Theatre, Yale University, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, The University of Montana, Seasons Bereavement Program, Camp Mak-a-Dream, Southern Oregon University, and many other locales.
Barret is committed to creating and celebrating stories that enhance a kind and sustainable human presence on the planet.
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