Fine and Performing Arts Theatre Director

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Meet Theatre Director, Dr. Rick Abel!

Dr. Rick Abel in the AuditoriumDr. Rick Abel has a strong background and passion for the arts and theatre is an area about which he is especially passionate.  Abel came to Barton in 2007. He has a bachelor’s degree in speech and theatre from the University of Charleston, his master’s degree is in theatre education from Emerson College and his doctorate in education is from the University of Central Florida. He served as the Assistant Dean of Liberal Arts for Central New Mexico Community College and the Assistant and Dean of Liberal Arts and Science at Barton, and eventually the Dean of Academics at Barton. All of these positions included administering a theatre program. He has also served on many arts-related and theatre-focused committees. Dr. Abel has worked in every aspect of theatre from selling tickets in the box office, to directing performances and everything in between.