About Richard

The latest students to have Richard as a teacher are the 3rd Year Performance II and the 1st Year Intro to Performance students at Brock University!

It’ll be a season of directing work coming up: Next up will be directing Souvenir by Stephen Temperley for The St. Andrew’s Summer Theatre in St. Andrew’s by the Sea, New Brunswick. After that, it’ll be the The Commandment by Phil Rickaby at The Hamilton Fringe Festival. In the Fall, it’s time for Journey to the East by Trevor Copp for Tottering Biped Theatre.

Until then, you can hear this interview for The Stageworthy Podcast.

Richard has just completed a season as a member of the acting company for The Watermark Theatre in North Rustico, PEI, performing in Romeo and Juliet, An Ideal Husband, and Canada 300, a remarkable touring show that commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown conference by looking 150 ahead to imagine Canada’s future.

Tottering Biped Theatre’s production of Air at the undercurrents Festival in Ottawa has received a great review: http://apt613.ca/undercurrents-festival-air-is-inspirational-cross-training-for-the-soul/

Other recent press coverage includes: Now Magazine and the Toronto Star

and reviews for Air: http://www.thespec.com/whatson-story/4640125-smith-four-more-fringes-to-take-you-away/

and Gold Fever: http://fringe.nowtoronto.com/2014/film-detail.cfm?film=136784&ref=reviews&sort=newest&section=reviews  and http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2014/07/03/gold-fever-keystone-theatre-2014-toronto-fringe-review/#more-18813 “Masterfully directed by Richard Beaune

and a review for Ancient History: http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2014/07/03/ancient-history-aware-productions-2014-toronto-fringe-review/

The Parliamentarians has a review: http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2014/05/30/review-the-parliamentarians-phil-rickaby/  “Richard Beaune has his hands full with chief-of-staff Perkins, showing a gift for physical comedy and comic timing.”

Richard was also seen in Journey’s End with The Empty Room. Here are a couple of reviews: http://www.charpo-canada.com/2013/11/review-toronto-journeys-end.htmlThe most talented actor amongst the splendid cast is Richard Beaune who is amusing but somehow tragic deep below his portly joviality. He has a splendid touch as an actor, down to noticing the heat of his teacup“. and http://www.mooneyontheatre.com/2013/11/13/review-journeys-end-the-empty-room/.

Richard Beaune has performed in every province and territory across Canada in both official languages over a 30 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 (29 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. A dedicated theatre educator, he has taught at Ryerson University’s Act II Studio, York University and George Brown College, as well as countless workshops. Richard is perhaps best known as the founding Artistic Director of Keystone Theatre, a company that creates new plays in the style of silent film which has been recognized across Canada for its unique and carefully crafted work. He is now returning to a company that he previously founded, Simple Truth Theatre, a company dedicated to plays that focus primarily on the art of acting, regardless of style.

Some highlights include directing 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, and George Brown College. Richard has also appeared in several television commercials and few films.

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