Barry Kraft

Barry KraftBARRY KRAFT has been dramaturg for 30 seasons at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, spanning nearly 50 Shakespeare productions as well as Equivocation, Cyrano de Bergerac, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, The Cure at Troy, The School for Scandal, and Arcadia.

A professional actor for nearly five decades, Kraft has specialized in Shakespearean roles, having performed in all 38 plays. He has acted more than 100 different roles in 86 full productions throughout the Western United States, including 20 seasons at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. Barry has lectured extensively at major universities and theatre companies. For the Eugene Symphony, he was the narrator for Leonard Bernstein’s Kaddish Symphony. He has written “After-Dinner Shakespeare”, “Thy Father is a Gorbellied Codpiece,” and “On the Theatrical Worth of Discarded Words.” Barry has also recorded Ovid’s “Metamorphoses” for Blackstone Audio.