Following a 35-year national and international career as a lighting designer for theatre, opera, ballet, and spectacle, Richard began producing for Broadway and the West End in 2009. Now with Five Tony Awards®, three Olivier Awards, the 2008 New York Musical Theatre Festival “Best of Fest,” and various Outer Critics Circle and Drama Desk awards to his credit, Richard continues to focus on, in his words, “Theatre That Matters.” In total, his productions have been nominated for 90 Outer Critics Circle Awards (21 Wins) 100 Drama Desk Awards (35 wins), 132 Olivier Awards (33 Wins) and 135 Tony Awards® (20 wins).
His five Tony Awards®—two in one year—exemplify a range of theatre at its most diverse: The Norman Conquests (2009, Best Revival-Play); La Cage Aux Folles (2010, Best Revival-Musical); Memphis, The Musical (Best Musical, 2010); Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Best Play, 2013); The Ferryman (Best Play, 2019). His productions now running on Broadway show a similar range: from the breathtaking Come From Away, the poignant and heartbreaking The Inheritance, the raw revival of Betrayal, and show-stopping jukebox musical Ain’t Too Proud. Upcoming shows include the true story of the American Dream, The Lehman Trilogy, and a bio-Musical about the People’s Princess, Diana.
Other recent Broadway shows include The Cher Show (Tony Award® Best Actress in a Leading Role), Be More Chill, the critically acclaimed Three Tall Women, starring Glenda Jackson and Laurie Metcalf (each won a Tony Award®), Lynn Nottage’s Sweat (Pulitzer Prize Winner 2017), the Broadway transfer of the West End’s King Charles III (Tony Award® Nomination), the irreverent and hilarious Hand to God (Tony Award® Nomination), Disgraced (Tony Award® Nomination, Pulitzer prize winner 2013); the revival of the comic You Can’t Take It With You (Tony Award® Nomination; starring James Earl Jones), Something Rotten, Rodger’s + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Janis Joplin in Concert, A Little Night Music, Lend Me A Tenor, La Bête with Mark Rylance and David Hyde Pierce, Long Story Short with Colin Quinn, Catch Me If You Can, and Nice Work If You Can Get It.
His national tours include: Come From Away, Fiddler on the Roof, Hamilton, Hedwig and the Angry Inch, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, The 39 Steps and Memphis: The Musical.
Richard has also become a presence in London’s West End. Recent shows there have included The Jungle, The Inheritance, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightime, Home, I’m Darling, Nine Night, The Lehman Trilogy, Dreamgirls, Hamlet (starring Andrew Scott), Memphis: The Musical, The Children’s Hour (starring Keira Knightley, Elizabeth Moss, Ellen Burstyn and Carol Kane), La Bête, Betrayal (starring Kristen Scott Thomas) and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, starring David Suchet and Laurie Metcalf, which won the Olivier Award for Best Revival.
Off-Broadway in 2016, Richard produced the two-person gem of a play I & You by Lauren Gunderson, and the critically acclaimed Turn Me Loose (starring Joe Morton), about the life of comic genius Dick Gregory.
Richard has also worked at Dartmouth College as an adviser to the theatre department assisting with faculty development and conducting graduate student classes and mentorships. He has also made presentations on “the ins and outs” of Broadway Theatre to various investor groups. And he still, occasionally, works as a theatrical lighting designer. As he said recently, “Working as a designer during the process leading to opening night helps sharpen my instincts about how to create theatre that matters.”