Ted Barron is the Executive Director of the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center and Judd and Mary Lou Leighton Director of the Performing Arts. During his tenure, the center has welcomed renowned artists such as Itzhak Perlman, Patti LuPone, Kathleen Battle, Philip Glass, Leslie Odom Jr., Todd Rundgren, and Renée Elise Goldsberry. He is a founding member of the Notre Dame Arts Council which seeks to advance the profile of the arts at the University through collaborative initiatives on campus and in the community.
Barron previously oversaw the center’s cinema program during which time he hosted visits by acclaimed filmmakers such as Claire Denis, Margarethe von Trotta, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Benny Safdie and Larry Karaszewski. Prior to his work at Notre Dame, Barron served as the senior programmer of the Harvard Film Archive at Harvard University.
Barron also teaches courses on global cinema, documentary and avant-garde film in Notre Dame’s Department of Film, Television, and Theatre. His past 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, a master’s degree in film studies from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Syracuse University.