About Richard

Richard Beaune has performed in every province and territory across Canada in both official languages over a 35+ year career. His work as actor and director has garnered rave reviews and several awards, including a Dora Mavor Moore Award and a Canadian Comedy Award, and has been seen in Canada’s largest theatres, including the Stratford and Shaw Festivals, as well as the smallest indie theatres and found spaces. Stylistically, his work has ranged from Shakespeare (30+ professional productions and counting) to new works of physical theatre and all stops in between, but always carries a trademark sensibility that he credits to his clown’s heart.

Some highlights include directing Blackbird, Searching for Marceau and Journey to the East for Tottering Biped Theatre,  Macbeth and The Comedy of Errors for Shakespeare in the SquareA Midsummer Night’s Dream and Edmund Ironside for Firebrand TheatreFlowers For Algernon and the Canadian Comedy Award winning Trapped in Taffeta for Simple Truth Theatre, and the Dora Award winning The Belle of Winnipeg and Gold Fever for Keystone Theatre. He spent two seasons as an Assistant Director with The Stratford Festival and one season as an Intern Director with The Shaw Festival. As an actor, some favorite roles have included Friar Lawrence in Romeo and Juliet, Angelo in Measure For Measure, Prospero in The Tempest, LeBeau in As You Like It (Stratford Festival), and Jack in Canada Jacks (a one-man show). He was the founding Artistic Director of both Simple Truth Theatre and Keystone Theatre and has taught at Ryerson University’s Act II Studio, York University, Brock University, and George Brown College. Richard has also appeared in several television commercials and few films. Recently relocated to Red Deer, Alberta, Richard has joined the team at Prime Stock Theatre http://primestocktheatre.com as Associate Artistic Director and directed Much Ado About Nothing and appeared in The Comedy of Errors for their Bard on Bower Festival. Next, he will appear in the November/December run of Sugar Road by Kristen Da Silva for Cow Patti https://www.cowpatti.com/ in nearby Lacombe, Alberta.

Ultimately, his goal in life is to make you smile.