About Richard

Watch for Richard at this summer’s Toronto and Hamilton Fringe Festivals, where he will be directing three plays and acting in another. Details coming soon.

Most recently, Richard directed Journey to the East by Trevor Copp for Tottering Biped Theatre.

He also recently worked as a director for the Shakespeare in Hospitals program for The Spur of the Moment Shakespeare Collective, bringing theatre to audiences who might not be able to attend traditional venues.

Before that, he completed another season as a member of the acting company for The Watermark Theatre in North Rustico, PEI, performing in Dial M for Murder and Moon for the Misbegotten. A few years ago, he appeared with the same company in Romeo and Juliet, An Ideal Husband, and Canada 300, a remarkable touring show that commemorated the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown conference by looking 150 ahead to imagine Canada’s future.

Also on the east coast, he directed the first production for the St. Andrew’s Summer Theatre, Souvenir by Stephen Temperley in St. Andrew’s by the Sea, New Brunswick.  The Commandment by Phil Rickaby also toured to the east coast for a couple of Fringe Festivals, after first playing at The Hamilton Fringe Festival.

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

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

Other 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 (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. 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.

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, Brock 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.