Eric Barr Endowed Acting Award Fund

In All, Events, Theatre by Oscar Gaxiola

Professor Eric Barr and his wife Karen Genet take a final bow at the April 2014 performance of his one-man show, “A Piece of My Mind.”

The Eric Barr Acting Award Fund Reaches Endowment Status

In May of 2013, beloved UCR Theatre professor Eric Barr suffered a devastating, near-fatal stroke. The need to put all of his time and energy into focusing on his recovery forced Professor Barr to retire from a job he dearly loved. As one of the founding members of the UC Riverside Department of Theatre and its longest serving department chair, Eric was a respected and admired teacher, mentor and champion of the arts.

On April 26, 2014, Professor Barr made a triumphant return to campus to perform his one-man show, based on the challenges he confronted throughout his illness and recovery, called “A Piece of My Mind.”

At a career-achievement celebration following the performance, the Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production announced the creation of the Eric Barr Acting Award Fund to provide an annual $1000 prize to an acting student in the major who has made substantial contributions to the department through his or her performances in our theatrical and film productions.

Last month, the fund achieved the highly-desirable Endowment status, which means it will continue on in perpetuity, ensuring that Eric’s name and work will long be remembered and celebrated on our campus.

Congratulations to Eric and to all who made this happen. We in the Department of Theatre, Film & Digital Production cannot image a better way to honor our esteemed colleague.

If you’re interested in making a contribution to this fund, please visit: and be sure to mark your donation for the Eric Barr Endowed Acting Award Fund.

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