David Barnet


Diploma, Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance, London, England, 1966

Licentiate of the Royal Academy of Music (LRAM), Royal Academy of Music, London, England, 1966

Associate of the Drama Board (ADB), Drama Board, UK, 1966

Major Career Achievements

Founding Advisory Board Member/Consultant, Creative Age Festival, Edmonton, 2007-2015

Artistic Director, Festival of Edmonton Seniors Theatre, 2008-2014 

Coordinator, BA Drama Major Program, University of Alberta, 1999-2010

Chair, Department of Drama, University of Alberta, 1988-1998

Founding Artistic Director, GeriActors and Friends, 2000 -2015 

Founding Artistic Director, Catalyst Theatre

Writer/Director/Host, CBC Network Catalyst Television series

Involved through students in the establishment of Theatre Network and Concrete Theatre

Assistant Artistic Director, National Theatre School

Artistic Director, Manitoba Theatre School and Warehouse Theatre, Manitoba Theatre Centre

Assistant Director, Stratford and Shaw Theatre Festivals

Recent Productions

For the University of Alberta

Director: Killing Game, Great Expectation, Arabian Knights, Coram Boy, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Village of Idiots, Ash Girl, Red Noses, Caucasian Chalk Circle, Widows, Mad Forest, Precious Woman, Love of the Nightingale (Second Playing Space, Timms Centre for the Arts)

For GeriActors and Friends

Playwright, dramaturge and director of approximately 45 plays performed for seniors and health professionals, including Invisible, Pink Nail Polish, Tjalling Zonderland and We Decide (our version of King Lear)

Funding sources for GeriActors and Friends: CIHR, New Horizons Canada (three separate grants), Edmonton Arts Council, Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Edmonton Community Adult Learning Association, Creative Age Edmonton, Killam Research Fund, Emil Skarin Fund, Faculty of Arts, Department of Drama

Recent Theatrical Performance

Actor: Hadrian (in Sapientia.) Director Mia Van Leeuen, Canoe Festival, at C103 Theatre, Edmonton 2013

Actor. Verges in Much Ado About Nothing. Director Andrew Ritchie, Thou Art Here Theatre, in Rutherford House, Edmonton 2014 and 2015

Actor: Blavatsky in the play Blavatsky's Tower. Director Sandra Nicholls, Studio Theatre, Timms Centre for the Arts, 2014

Recent Conference Presentations and Workshops

Paper and Workshop, ATHE Montreal, 2015

Presentation on CIHR research project: Theatre as a Pathway to Healthy Aging, to the Arts and Humanities for Health and Wellness Research Group (AHHW), University of Calgary: March 27 2014

Keynote speaker: AGM Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council: "Change the Narrative: Act Up": April 28 2014

"We Don't Even Buy Green Bananas": Conference paper and workshop on the work of the intergenerational theatre company, GeriActors and Friends.  British Society of Gerontology, Keele, UK, July 2012

Workshop: Encore Creativity for Older Adults, Chautauqua, NY, 2011 - 2013

Paper: Intergenerational Theatre, Society for Arts in Health Care, San Francisco, CA, 2011

Workshop and Paper: Health, Aging and the Creative Arts. Society for the Arts in Dementia Care, Penticton, BC, 2010 

Workshop: STLHE, Toronto, ON, 2010 

Presentation and Workshop: Creative Age Festival, Calgary, AB, 2009, 2010 

Workshops in Performance Storytelling, and Acting Shakespeare: FEST and Creative Age Edmonton, Edmonton, AB, 2008-15

Paper: ATHE, New York, NY, 2009. 

Intergenerational Theatre Performance, RAPP Human Ecology Conference, Edmonton, AB, 2007

GeriActors Performance and Paper: Arts in Health Care Conference, Edmonton, AB, 2004 

Other Recent Conference Papers

S.Chivers, D.Barnet, S.A. Chapman and J. Fest: Intergenerational theatre as gerontological education: Edmonton's GeriActors & Friends in context. Association for Gerontology in Higher Education, Cincinnati, 2011


S.Chivers, J. Fast and D.Barnet: "There's a reason we're here": An Archival Analysis of Community-Based Intergenerational Theatre. British Society of Gerontology, Keele, UK, 2012


 J. Fast, J. Eales, S.Chivers, S Anderson, D.Barnet: "Age is Just a Silly Thing": Confronting Age Stereotypes Through Intergenerational Theatre. British Society of Gerontology, Keele, UK, 2012. July 2012]


J. Fast, J. Eales, S.Chivers, S Anderson, D.Barnet: "They're just like us": Confronting age stereotypes through intergenerational theatre. British Society of Gerontology, Keele, UK, 2012


Recent Publications


Chapter: S.Chivers, D.Barnet, J. Eales, and J.Fast: "There's a reason we're here": Performative autobiographics and age indentity in performer-created intergenerational theatre: Aging Studies.

Intergenerational Theatre: article for International Consortium for Intergenerational Programs, 2010

Recent Creative Research Projects

Theatre as a Pathway to Healthy Aging 2011-2014, with Janet Fast (PA), Sally Chivers and Jacquie Eales. (CIHR research project)

Principal Investigator and Producer: Theatre Residencies for Seniors in Performance Storytelling, Rock and Roll, and Comedy Improvisation, Edmonton, AB, 2010-11. (Killam research project)


City of Edmonton TELUS Courage to Innovate Award for GeriActors and Friends, 2011. 

SAGE Award for contribution to Arts and Culture, 2011. 

3M National Teaching Fellow, 2009. 

Faculty of Arts Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2007. 

University of Alberta Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, 2007. 

Included in 'Theatre 100', published by the Alberta Playwrights' Network, Celebrating 100 Theatre Practitioners Over 100 Years in Alberta, 2006. 

International awards for educational radio broadcasts (CKUA) and network television productions (CBC).

Recent Graduate Supervision

Alan Jeans, M.Ed (Secondary Education), CBR Certificate. Completed 2015

Matthew Gusul, MA. Co-Supervisor, Jan Selman. Completed 2009

Susan Spence Campbell, D Ed (Secondary Education). Supervisory Committee Completed 2008