THEATRICAL LIVING HISTORY, FAIRS, AND CELEBRATIONS
Three Generations of Patterson Productions
Who We Are
Red Barn Productions and the Patterson family have redefined the concept of environmental theatre and innovated the performance technique of Theatrical Living History. Our evolving process began in 1961 when founders Ron and Phyllis Patterson, an art director and high school English teacher, began to see improvisational theatre as a new way to experience the “aliveness” of history and the arts. The development of our founder’s vision has resulted in decades of highly participatory, historically themed events, where artists, performers, and audience members improvise and engage as characters from other time periods. The lines between past and present, audience and performer, blur giving way to surprising, delightful, and even transformative experiences!
Named after the Red Barn Theatre at the Blackpoint Forest Renaissance Pleasure Faire site in Novato, California, Red Barn Productions continues the traditions of Theatrical Living History at all of it’s Fairs and events. We are proud of the rich legacy created by our family and the thousands of talented and dedicated individuals who have “joined the dance.”
Meet Our Team
The management team at Red Barn Productions includes the second and third generation of Patterson event producers, and dozens of talented and dedicated designers, directors, and event professionals.
The Red Barn Producers take a rare moment in the office trailer to reflect on the scale of the project they oversee annually. The Great Dickens Christmas Fair fills over 150,000 square feet of exhibition halls with “London in San Francisco” at the historic Cow Palace.
More than 800 performers take part annually in the Great Dickens Christmas Fair. All performers complete workshops in Theatrical Living History, characterization, dance, costuming, dialect, and more. All presented by the non profit Living History Centre.