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 four Tony Awards®, an Olivier Award, 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 65 Drama Desk Awards (24 wins), and 98 Tony Awards® (19 wins).
His four 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). His productions now running on Broadway show a similar range: Something Rotten (Tony Award® Nomination; directed by Casey Nicholaw, starring Christian Borle, Brian D’Arcy James, and Brad Oscar) and the sinfully funny An Act of God (starring Sean Hayes, directed by Joe Mantello).
Other recent Broadway shows include the critically acclaimed London transfer of King Charles III (Tony Award® Nomination), David Mamet’s new drama China Doll (starring Al Pacino), 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), Rodger’s + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, Janis Joplin in Concert, A Little Night Music, Lend Me A Tenor, La Bete 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: A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella, A Little House on the Prairie (with Melissa Gilbert), The 39 Steps and Memphis: The Musical.
Richard has also become a presence in London’s West End. Including recently Memphis: The Musical. Urinetown (the revival of the 2001 New York production), Legally Blonde, The Children’s Hour (starring Keira Knightley, Elizabeth Moss, Ellen Burstyn and Carol Kane), La Bete, Betrayal (starring Kristen Scott Thomas) and Long Day’s Journey Into Night, starring David Suchet and Laurie Metcalf, which won the coveted Olivier Award for Best Revival.
Off-Broadway in 2016, Richard produced the two-person gem of a play I & You by Lauren Gunderson at 59E59 Theatres, and the critically acclaimed Turn Me Loose (starring Joe Morton), about the life of comic genius Dick Gregory.
Coming to Broadway in the 2016-17 season: the highly original dramatic comedy Southern Rapture, by Eric Coble and the breathtaking new musical, Come From Away. At the same time, Richard has approximately eight productions in various stages of development, including the musicals Song of Paradise (a creative re-telling of the Orpheus legend set in Mississippi and Harlem) and Langston in Harlem (selected works of the major Harlem Renaissance poet in a plot-driven musical).
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.”