Barbara Rubin

Barbara Rubin

Theatre Director & Dialect Coach

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Director & Dialect Coach


Notable Credits

The Signature Theatre

Roundabout Theatre Company

McCarter Theatre


HB Studios | New York

University of the Witwatersrand| Johannesburg

Trinity College | London


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For the past two decades, Barbara Rubin has cultivated a career as an inventive director of contemporary and classical theatre in New York and abroad. She has worked on Broadway and Off, regionally and internationally in Europe, and in her native South Africa.
Barbara is a sought-after dialect coach for stage, film, and television. She has worked with actors Hilary Swank, Rosemary Harris, Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard, and Carla Gugino. Known for her longtime collaboration with legendary South African playwright Athol Fugard, she coached all five productions in his Signature Theatre Residency, including the 2016 nominated revival of Master Harold... and the Boys. Recent TV credits include NBC's Blindspot and Chicago Med.
At the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York, Barbara is co-director of the third year Company where she directs and mentors actors on the brink of launching their professional careers.