Marco Barricelli assumed the role of artistic director for Shakespeare Santa Cruz in January 2008. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Mr. Barricelli is a graduate of The Juilliard School and has been an actor, director and educator since 1982, honing his craft in Shakespearean performance as well as classic and modern works. He spent eight seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as an actor performing the title roles in Cyrano de Bergerac, Hamlet, Richard III, and Henry V, among many others. From 1997 to 2005, he was an Associate Artist at the American Conservatory Theatre (A.C.T.) in San Francisco, acting on the Geary stage, as well as directing and teaching in the Master of Fine Arts program. His A.C.T. performance credits include roles in A Moon for the Misbegotten, The Real Thing (Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award), American Buffalo (Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award), Enrico IV (Dean Goodman Award), Glengarry Glen Ross (Dean Goodman Award), The Invention of Love (Bay Area Theatre Critics’ Circle Award; Dean Goodman Award), A Streetcar Named Desire, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, Three Sisters, Night and Day, Buried Child, Hilda, For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again, Beard of Avon, Celebration & The Room, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Mary Stuart, Insurrection: Holding History, Hecuba, and The Rose Tattoo (Drama-Logue Award), among others. He has also worked on Broadway, and with Long Wharf Theatre, Williamstown Theatre, the Guthrie Theater, the Old Globe Theatre, South Coast Repertory Theatre, Actors’ Theatre of Louisville, Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Missouri Repertory Theatre, the Intiman Theatre, the Huntington Theatre Company, Virginia Stage Company, Center Stage Portland, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Kenyon Festival Theatre, and the California, Utah, and Illinois Shakespeare Festivals, among others. Television appearances include “L.A. Law” and a recurring role on the NBC series “Book of Daniel.”
Directing credits include Glengarry Glen Ross at Denver center Theatre Company, Miracle Worker at Alabama Shakespeare Festival, and several productions at the A.C.T. MFA Conservatory program. He has performed voice-over work on many national commercials and several computer games, including "11th Hour," "Clandestiny," and "Manhunt 2."
Teaching acting has also taken him abroad to work with Prima del Teatro in Italy, where along with his teaching duties, he created an exchange program which continues to this day between the MFA Conservatory at ACT and Prima del Teatro, exchanging both students and instructors from those programs. He has translated Pirandello’s The Mountain Giants and Right You Are If You Think You Are, as well as co-translating and acting in a one-man adaptation of the Pirandellian novel One, No One …
Mr. Barricelli is also a Fox Fellow and the recipient of a Cherashore and L.J. Skaggs grant.