Ted Barron is the Executive Director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Director of the Performing Arts. Barron previously served as senior associate director overseeing the center’s cinema program during which time he led visits to Notre Dame by renowned filmmakers such as Claire Denis, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Larry Karaszewski, Margarethe von Trotta, Benny Safdie, Martin Sheen, and Emilio Estevez. Barron also teaches courses on global cinema history, documentary film and German film in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre.
Barron previously served as the senior programmer of the Harvard Film Archive at Harvard University where he organized numerous retrospectives of filmmakers such as Yasujiro Ozu, Andy Warhol, Emile de Antonio, Morris Engel, and Ruth Orkin. He has received honors for his film programming, including a special commendation from the Boston Society of Film Critics. His extensive teaching experience includes lectureships at Harvard University, Montclair State University, Boston University, Tufts University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Barron earned his doctorate in visual studies from the University of California, Irvine, where his research focused on American independent film and documentary film. He earned a master’s degree in film studies from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in English from Syracuse University.