“Bold, beautiful and utterly absorbing Theatre, finding the thrilling drama inherent in the human story. It takes your breath away”
FERGUS MORGAN, THE STAGE, on Secret Life Of Humans ★★★★
Theatre-Maker and Movement Director
unlocking stories of the past to speak to our present.
Richard has worked as a Theatre-Maker and Movement Director for the best part of two decades, primarily working with devised and collaborative productions, with a particularly interest in the physical, the abstract and adaptation. He is drawn to examining time and space within his theatre work and storytelling.
He was a founding member of The Faction Theatre Company (2008), and served as a member of their core ensemble for a number of years - including during their appointment as one of New Diorama Theatre's first Associate Ensembles. The company initially specialised in classical theatre, predominantly Shakespeare, retelling those tales with a physical and contemporary aesthetic. Whilst with the company, The Faction launched the project, The Complete Schiller, which would see them undertake stagings of new translations and adaptations of every Schiller play (including his unfinished Demetrius). This project, following their performance of The Robbers (Die Räube) at NDT, led to them being awarded The Peter Brook Empty Space and Equity award for Best Ensemble. Richard also collaborated with The Faction's Artistic Director, Mark Leipacher, on a number of occasions, as Assistant/Resident Director.
Following his time with The Faction, Richard went on to collaborate with David Byrne (then Artistic Director of NDT, now of London's Royal Court Theatre) as an Associate Artist, working on a number of NDT in-house, devised productions, which played Edinburgh, London and Off-Broadway, NYC (59E59), including a number of Research and Development processes. Richard worked as a performer, deviser and movement director throughout this time, most notably on the critically acclaimed Secret Life of Humans, the radical retelling of Down & Out in Paris and London, the biographical Sad Play and devised musical Alan Turing's Life, The Universal Machine. Richard most recently collaborated with Byrne, co-directing the German Premiere of Secret Life of Humans at The English Theatre Frankfurt.
In 2019/2020, Richard work alongside Director, Catherine Alexander, as Associate Director on a stage adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 in a collaboration between Complicité and The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama's BA Acting (Collaborative and Devised Theatre) Course.
Richard teaches Acting, Movement, Devising and Theatre-Making at a number of top UK conservatoires, and has directed at leading Drama Schools. His practice is greatly influenced by The Nine Viewpoints and Composition, The Michael Chekhov Technique and Transformation, and the actors interaction with technology - especially sound and projection. Recent teaching and directing at Drama Schools includes: The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts, ALRA, LAMDA, East 15/University of Essex, Fourth Monkey Actor Training Company, Collective Acting Studio, St Mary's Twickenham, Brunel University and the Young Actors' Theatre Islington. Richard is a Member of the Movement Directors' Association.
Richard is equally at home in rehearsal, R&D or in a darkened auditorium during Tech, but loves nothing more than unlocking the theatrical language of new work.
“A masterpiece…mesmerising to watch. Nothing less than a theatrical triumph.”
BROADWAY BABY, on Secret Life of Humans ★★★★★
Director, Coriolanus, The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama
Co-Director, German Premiere of Secret Life of Humans, English Theatre Frankfurt (dir. David Byrne)
Director, Tiger Country, ALRA
Associate Director, Fahrenheit 451, Complicité/RCSSD (dir. Catherine Alexander)
Director, Terrorism, Brunel University
Assistant Director, Quantum Baldwin, RCSSD (dir. Topher Campbell)
Co-Director, West End Showcase, RCSSD/Fortune Theatre (dir. Catherine Alexander)
Associate Director, The American Clock, RCSSD (dir. Gretchen Egolf)
Movement Director, Left My Desk, Lost Watch Theatre Company/NDT (dir. Lucy Wray)
Assistant Director, The Sociable Companions, RCSSD (dir. Catherine Alexander)
Movement Director/Deviser, Secret Life of Humans (Edinburgh/London/NYC), NDT (dir. David Byrne)
Assistant/Resident Director, Queen Lear, Assembly Rooms (dir. Mark Leipacher)
Movement Director/Deviser, Sad Play, NDT (dir. Julia McShane)
Movement Director/Deviser, Down & Out In Paris and London (Edinburgh/London), NDT (dir. David Byrne)
Deviser, The Universal Machine, NDT (dir. David Byrne)
Movement Director, Miss Julie (2012 Rep Season), The Faction Theatre Company (dir. Mark Leipacher)
Movement Director, A Warwickshire Testimony, Albany Theatre/Mountview (dir. Trilby James)