Barry Oreck, Ph.D. a dancer, musician, writer and educator in the arts and gifted education, received his doctorate in Educational Psychology from the University of Connecticut and is an adjunct professor in Education at Long Island University Brooklyn and the International Graduate Programs for Educators of SUNY Buffalo State. He currently is the Director of New York City Professional Development in the Schoolwide Enrichment Model of Dr. Joseph Renzulli and consults with school districts across the country as well as arts education organizations including Shakespeare Theatre Company, Young Playwrights Theater, Lincoln Center Theater, the Metropolitan Opera Guild and Young Audiences.
His research on talent identification in the arts, self-regulation, and the professional development of classroom teachers and teaching artists has been published by the National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented, Champions of Change research compendium, Arts Education Policy Review, Journal of Teacher Education, Teaching Artist Journal, Gifted Child Quarterly, and the International Journal of Education in the Arts, among other publications. He is a contributing author to the International Handbook of Research in Arts Education, Vygotsky and Creativity, Organic Creativity, and Hybrid Lives of Teaching Artists in Dance and Theatre Arts.
As a dancer he has performed with Gerrie Glover, Elizabeth Waters, MoMoMo, Bob Beswick, Stephen Koplowitz, among others. His own work as a dancer and choreographer in the duo Nicoll + Oreck (www.nicoll and oreck.com) has been produced in NYC at Danspace Project, Spoke the Hub Dancing, and the DanceNow Festival, and by Wildroot Arts in Brattleboro, Vermont and at the Boulder Fringe Festival, among others. His folk and bluegrass band, Barry Oreck and Friends plays regularly in the New York area.