Robert Richmond is originally from Hastings, England, and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is currently an Associate Professor at the University of South Carolina, Chair of the Theatre & Dance Department, and Artistic Director of Theatre South Carolina.
Robert is an Associate Artist at the Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. He has directed Henry VIII (which was nominated for 10 Helen Hayes Awards, one of which was for Outstanding Director of a Resident Play) Othello, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Richard III, and Julius Caesar. His association with the Folger also includes a multi-year commission to direct, design and produce audio productions of the complete works of Shakespeare. These are the first unabridged recordings in American English of Shakespeare’s canon, and create a unique juncture between the scholarly world of Shakespeare’s texts and performance. The recordings are published by Simon & Schuster and accompany the Folger’s printed editions of the plays, all are available for download on iTunes and reach a global audience. Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Richard III are now available to purchase and there are plans for more titles in the future with the development of an interactive iPad app.
Prior to his position at USC, Robert taught at New York University, Tisch School for the Arts, in the Classical Studio, and was a scholar at NYU’s Center for Ancient Studies. For thirteen years he was the Associate Artistic Director for the Aquila Theatre Company, the professional company in residence at NYU, and directed over forty shows and administered twenty-four tours across the nation and Europe.
In 2003, Aquila became a flagship company for the National Endowment for the Arts Shakespeare in American Communities initiative, and performed a command performance at the White House. This was the first time Shakespeare had been performed in the White House for over 25 years. His work is known for its ability to reinvigorate theatre with imagination, innovation, and relevance. His mission is to create theatre that will sustain and transform the twenty-first century, revitalize audiences, and reward them for their patronage.
Robert has recently adapted and directed Gravediggers Tale for the Folger Theatre which is accompanying the national tour of the First Folio exhibition that celebrates the 450 anniversary of Shakespeare. The First Folio is touring all fifty states in 2016 alongside the Gravediggers Tale performed by Louis Butelli.
Robert’s upcoming productions include: Romeo & Juliet (Lincoln Center Education) and Timon of Athens (Folger Theatre), and a national tour of Grounded.