My name is Barret O’Brien, and I live in a poetic yellow house in the foothills of Southern Oregon.  Assuming you’re here for professional reasons, I’ll steer my focus from my love of 19th Century French painting and 21st Century Norwegian recycling practices and towards my craft.  As an writer, my work has been performed on stages in New York, Louisiana, Texas, Connecticut, Montana, Oregon, and Washington; garnered a Storer Boone Award; named a finalist at the William Faulkner Festival; filmed for the screen (both small & big), and published by Yale Palimpsest, Jefferson Journal, and Smith and Kraus and American Dog Books. 

As an actor, I have collaborated on a whole lotta projects in cities across the country and abroad including New York, New Orleans, Los Angeles, London, Budapest, Bonn, and Tblisi in The Republic of Georgia.  Last year I received the Best Actor Award at the London, Madrid, and Milan International Film Festivals for the short film Garden District; and this year I am appearing in the Duplass Brothers’ The Long Long Night and Gary Lundgren’s Above the Trees.

I am also the founder of Finding Our Tales, national storytelling workshops that embolden youth to share their voices through theatre. I’ve had the privilege of working with students at City University of NY, Southern Repertory Theatre, Yale University’s Dwight Edgewood Project, NOCCA, The University of Montana, Seasons Bereavement Program, The Siskiyou School, Creative Connections, Beargrass Writer’s Retreat, Camp Mak-a-Dream, and, currently, Southern Oregon University.

My commitment is to create work that enhances kindness. 

Thank you for visiting.