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Richard E. T. White

Department Chair

Original Works/Directing, Rehearsal/Performance, Senior Seminar

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Richard came to Cornish after a three-year residency in Japan, where he was a visiting professor of English at Toin Yokohama University and Resident Director at Tokyo’s Theatre Company Subaru. Richard has directed at regional theaters throughout the U.S., including the Old Globe Theatre, the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C., the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, American Conservatory Theater, the Berkeley Repertory Theatre and Seattle’s Seattle Repertory, Intiman and A Contemporary Theatres. Recent directing credits include American Buffalo, The Goat and Hedda Gabler at ACT in San Francisco and The Clean House at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. With librettist/performer Rinde Eckert and composer Paul Dresher, he developed and directed the electronic opera Slow Fire, which has been performed throughout the United States and Europe. He has served as Artistic Director of San Francisco’s Eureka Theatre and the Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago and has taught acting at UC Berkeley, the Berkeley Shakespeare Festival Institute and the Drama Studio London at Berkeley. Richard holds a BA in drama from the University of Washington and did graduate work at UC Berkeley. A member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers since 1985, he has received nine Bay Area Theater Critics’ Circle Awards and eight Drama-logue Awards for Outstanding Direction.