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FACULTY: Gary Richards

Writer, Director, Actor

As an actor, Mr. Richards has appeared off-Broadway in several productions including the New York City premiere of Catch-22, the world premiere of Lies My Father Told Me; Play It Again, Sam; My Three Angels; and Ladies in Retirement.

As the managing producer of the Actors Studio Free Theatre, he, along with Arthur Penn, produced many world and New York City premieres, including Power Failure by Larry Gelbart, directed by Arthur Penn; Trudy Blue by Marsha Norman, starring Judith Ivey; Awake and Sing! with Anne Jackson; Lemonade by Eve Ensler; Passion Play by Peter Nicols; and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee, directed by Arthur Penn. He also produced When Cuba Opens Up with Burt Young; Running Man by Cornelius Eady and Dierdre Murray; Portia Coughlan by Marina Carr; and Salt by Migdalia Cruz, directed by Loretta Greco.

My goal for teaching is to help students realize a greater understanding of what it means to be creative and productive through our writings. Students will be assisted in manifesting their ideas into a first-draft screenplay

Aims and Objectives – Learning Outcomes:

  • To help students organize, develop and revise scripts and to develop an introductory grasp of the principles and procedures of the writing of film scripts through prewriting activities and the production of final, proofread drafts.
  • To enrich students’ sensibilities and analytical skills through the study of film scripts and to critically analyze scripts.
  • To help students continue to improve their scripts, and to organize and revise longer film scripts.

Union College

Screenplays include “In Scoring Position,” “The Root,” “Beating Hearts,” “Doin’ Time,” “Two Regular Guys,” “Butch and Kiki,” “Garage Band,” “The Other Shoe,” “Mista,” “Second Summer,” “The Feygellah,” “Thunder From Sunny Skies,” “Never Up-Never In,” “The Florida Room,” “Continuing Ed,” “Two Moms and a Baby” (co-written with Jean Mills), “Scrambled Eggs” (co-written with Robin Amos Kahn), and “To Go,” (co-written with Timothy Devlin).

Plays include “The Root,” “Children at Play,” “Scrambled Eggs,” “Slambook,” “Social Studies,” “Dividends” (with Fyvush Finkel and Reizl Bozyk), “Stag,” “Shiva,” “Tropical Depression,” “Second Summer,” “Two Piece,” “A Chip in Time,” and “Somebody’s Somebody.” He also has several one-act plays to his credit.

Five Dramalogue Awards (L.A.), Colleagues Theater Company Award, best play, four Carbonell nominations (FL.)

Fundamentals of Narrative I & II