Currently the fight director for the Michigan Opera Theater, the Toledo Opera, Village Shakespeare Festival and the Michigan Classical Repertory Theater, Maestro Barbeau has been involved in stunt work for 37 years with 23 feature film credits, over 400 stage credits and more appearances in various venues as a swordfighter than could be properly enumerated. Formerly the fight master for the Michigan Renaissance Festival, he holds a 3rd degree black belt in Aikido, a 2nd degree black belt in Jiu Jitsu.
23 years ago he created and currently directs the Ring of Steel Action Theatre at the University of Michigan, teaches a wide variety of classes as both a regular and guest instructor at all levels for area schools and provides instruction in theatrical combat and stunts. He has been working with opera singers for last 10 years and was a guest artist for both the Philadelphia Opera and Opera Pacific last year as well as a regular invited guest artist at Cornell and for the National Educational Theater Association's International Thespian Festival.
Maestro Barbeau is a member of the Society of American Fight Directors, International Society of Movement Educators, SAG and the United Stuntman's Association.