Barret O’Brien is an award-winning actor and author from New Orleans. His plays have 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.
As an actor Barret has performed in over a hundred plays in venues across the country and abroad including Los Angeles, New York, London, Paris, Budapest, Germany, and the Republic of Georgia. In 2021 Barret won Best Actor for his portrayal of Quint Dubonnet in the short film Garden District at both the London International and The Milan International Film Festivals. He is currently in production on the TV series The Long, Long Night.
Barret 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, New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts, The University of Montana, Seasons Bereavement Program, Camp Mak-a-Dream, The Siskiyou School, Southern Oregon University, and many other locales.
He is committed to work that enhances a socially just and environmentally sustainable human presence on the planet.
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