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Christopher Barreca has designed over 200 productions on Broadway and in Theater, Opera, and Dance internationally.

His Broadway premiers include the musicals; Rocky (2014 Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics circle Awards), Marie Christine and Gabriel Garcia Marquez's Chronicle of a Death Foretold (American Theater Wing Award) - both for Lincoln Center Theater; Richard Greenbergs The Violet Hour; Our Country's Good (Prague Quadrennial Selection) and Howard Korders Search and Destroy (Drama-Logue Award).  

Off-Broadway: Adrienne Kennedy’s He Brought Her Heart back in a Box (2018 Obie Award), Turn Me Loose with Joe Morton, David Byrne’s ST Joan at the Public, Athol Fugard directing his The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek, Richard Greenberg's Everett Beekin, Three Days of Rain (Drama Desk Nomination) and the musical Bernarda Alba; Bernard-Marie Koltes's Roberto Zucco; Skarmeta's Burning Patience and Eric Overmeyer’s In Perpetuity Throughout the Universe.

Regional: The Last Goodbye directed by Alex Timbers, Howard Korder’s In A Garden; Kate Robin’s What They Have; Christopher D’Amboise’s The Studio; Lucinda Coxon’s Vesuvius; Culture Clash's The Birds; The Karamazof Bros. and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Labs L'universe; Eric Overmeyer’s Dark Rapture and The Heliotrope Bouquet; Charles Ludlum's Hedda Gabler; Eric Ehn's Wolf at the Door; the new musicals  Herringbone and Captains Courageous and Anna Deavere-Smith’s tour of her Twilight: Los Angeles.

Opera: Matsukaze, Lincoln Center and Spoleto Festival, Stephin Merritt's, Leon/Soyinka's Scourge of Hyacinths, Munchener Biennale, (BMW award nomination).  

Dance: at the Joyce, Susan Marshall's Solo, Roman Oller's Good Night Paradise and Tears for Violeta.

Mr. Barreca has designed at theaters throughout the US including The Gutherie, Hartford Stage, ACT in San Francisco, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, The Ford Theater in Washington, D.C., The Mark Taper Forum, Seattle Repertory Theater, Berkeley Repertory Theater, The Dallas Theater Center, The Yale Repertory Theater, The Roundabout and Lincoln Center in NYC.  

In 1990 he was awarded an NEA visiting artist grant to work with artists in Calcutta, India.  He has recently been the design consultant on several theater design projects including the REDCAT Theater in the Disney Hall complex designed by Frank Gehry and Berkeley Repertory's 650-seat proscenium theater.

Mr. Barreca has also taught design since 1985 and is currently the Head of Scenic Design at CalArts in Los Angeles.  At CalArts, he designed several productions through the Center for New Performance: Fantomas (Wuzhen Festival), Peach Blossom Fan, a new opera composed by Stephin Merritt and directed by Chen Shi-Zheng (Prague Quadrennial Selection); Bell Solaris, a 12 part solo piano work performed and composed by David Rosenboom; King Lear, site-specific at the Brewery in Los Angeles and at the Frictions Festival in France (Prague Quadrennial Selection) and an adaptation of Macbeth for one actor, Stephen Dallane, in Los Angeles and the Almeida Theater in London, both directed by Travis Preston.