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J Richard Smith

Department Coordinator

Literature of Theatre I & II

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J. Richard Smith works as an educator, actor, director, writer, illustrator, producer and professional scenographic designer, having designed regionally for community, professional, children’s and academic productions throughout the Southwest and in Seattle. Some of his notable designs and plays directed include: Les Liaisons Dangereuse, A Shayna Maidel, Man of La Mancha, Carousel, The Tempest (two productions), Much Ado About Nothing, All’s Well That Ends Well, In A Room Somewhere, Blood Wedding, Guys and Dolls, Big River, Secret Garden, Beauty and the Beast, The Snow Queen, The Hobbit, My Neighbor, and, between 1991-2005 virtually all of the 30 plus productions for Second Youth Family Theatre, the professional theatre for young audiences company that he co-founded in 1991, in Austin, Texas for which he served as Producing Artistic Director from 1996-2005.

In Seattle, Mr. Smith has directed Two Rooms and Private Eyes for West of Brooklyn Theatre Co.; designed the west-coast premier of Black Water for Off Center Opera, designed Stop Kiss for Seattle Public Theatre and for the Cornish Theatre & Perf Prod Departments directed Naomi Iizuka’s Anon(ymous) and The Bacchae of Euripides and designed the sets for Urinetown The Musical! and The Mystery of Edwin Drood (the College’s first production at the Seattle Center Playhouse). His visual dramaturgical/conceptual illustrations are featured in the recent anthology Nine Plays By Jose Cruz Gonzalez: Magical Realism and Mature Themes in Theatre for Young Audiences published in 2008 by The University of Texas Press—awarded the 2009 Distinguished Book Award by the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. Upcoming projects include The Bacchaefor the Theatre Department at Cornish College of the Arts. Richard holds an MFA in Drama and Theatre for Youth and a professional certificate from the RGK Center in Non-Profit and Philanthropic Studies both from The University of Texas at Austin. Proud member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 205.

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