Mr. Barker has staged over 170 fights throughout the southwest, with companies including the Arizona Theatre Company, Actors Theatre of Phoenix, Ensemble Theatre Project (CA), Childsplay, North Coast Rep (CA), Southwest Shakespeare Company, Arizona Jewish Theatre Company, Phoenix Theatre, Shakespeare Sedona, Teatro Bravo, Stray Cat Theatre, Black Theatre Troupe, University of California, Grand Canyon University, Cuesta College, Emily Ann Theatre (TX), Theatre Works, Tempe Center for the Arts, Mesa and Scottsdale Community Colleges, and dozens for Arizona State University. He is a Recommended Actor/Combatant by the Society of American Fight Directors and served as Fight Captain to B.H. Barry.
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“…thrilling swordplay by David Barker.”
---San Diego Union-Tribune
“David Barker stages the breathtaking martial action..."
---La Jolla Village News
“…all of the violence -- and there's a great deal of it early in Act One -- is staged as gracefully as a ballet, thanks to the talents of fight choreographer David Barker.”
---Phoenix New Times
“One fight is so real (thanks to David Barker) that people in the front row ducked, lest somebody (or bodies) came flying off stage.”
---East Valley Tribune
“Under fight director David Barker’s tutelage, a handful of men wield terrible swift swords with bloody precision.”
---Get Out Magazine
Hamlet, Southwest Shakespeare Company