Barbara Hort Ph.D. — Consulting To the Theatre Community

Barbara Hort, Ph.D., has maintained a private practice in Portland, Oregon for over 30 years, working primarily from the psychological perspective developed by the Swiss psychoanalyst Carl Jung.

At the invitation of Chris Coleman (currently the Artistic Director at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts), Dr. Hort has served as the psychodramaturg on productions of Sweeney Todd, Clybourne Park, the 2013 JAW festival, Fiddler on the Roof, Othello, Dreamgirls, Threesome, Three Days of Rain, Ain’t Misbehavin’, A Streetcar Named Desire, Astoria: Parts One and Two, Constellations, Fun Home, and Major Barbara (Portland Center Stage), and Oklahoma!, Anna Karenina, A Doll’s House, A Doll’s House – Part 2, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and Hotter Than Egypt (Denver Center for the Performing Arts), providing material on the psychological dynamics of the play that can be used by the artists who are creating the production.

In addition, Dr. Hort has served on the faculties of Reed College in Portland, Oregon and Washington State University in Vancouver, Washington, during which tenures she published numerous academic research articles in the fields of social and developmental psychology.

Dr. Hort is the author of Hollow Crown of Fire: A Discovery of Meaning in the Coronavirus Pandemic and Its Predecessors (2023) and Unholy Hungers: Encountering the Psychic Vampire in Ourselves and Others (1996), both of which are available on

Contact Barbara

Dr. Hort is available to provide consultation and training in psychodramaturgy.  Please feel free to contact her through any of the portals listed below.