Kari Barclay is a theater director, researcher, and organizer currently based at Stanford University's PhD in Theater and Performance Studies. Originally from Washington, DC and Durham, NC, he started making art to build spaces of beauty and respond to the inequalities around him.

He has had his work performed at LitCrawl (San Francisco, CA), Common Ground Theater (Durham, NC), Manbites Dog (Durham, NC), and Round House Theatre (Bethesda, MD). Past directing credits include 20 Minutes of Action: Stanford Artists of Color Respond to the Brock Turner Case (a multimedia performance addressing rape culture on college campuses), The Bull City Dignity Project (a documentary theater production with Durham, NC teenagers about civil rights history, gentrification, and LGBT+ politics), and Peter Brook's The Man Who (a play about disability, neurological disorders, and the role of medicine), among others. Kari holds a BA in theater studies and political science from Duke University, where he was an Angier B. Duke Merit Scholar and Humanity in Action Fellow.

He continues to make art around the Bay Area and serves as community engagement intern for the Tony award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe.

The theater must become conscious of the changing social order, or the changing social order, and rightly, will ignore the implications of the theater.
— Hallie Flanagan, Director of the Federal Theatre Project

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