Richard Harder - Artistic Director
Richard was born in New York City and has been acting for the last 30 years. After receiving his degree in Education from Western Washington University, he began his actor training in 1977 with Dominic Difasio and Geraldine Baron of the Lee Strasberg Institute in Los Angeles. In 1978 he started training with his mentor Jean Shelton and was selected for master workshops with Stella Adler. He became a member of the One-Act Theatre Company here in San Francisco and later the West Coast Ensemble Theatre Company of Los Angeles. He has worked at the San Francisco Mime Troup, Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Actors Theatre of San Francisco and the Shelton Theater, among others. He was nominated for best lead actor for Glengarry Glen Ross, best supporting actor for Distant Fires and Of Mice and Men and was Best Ensemble Performance winner for Pvt. Wars. He has performed in every medium including film, television, industrials, and commercials both in San Francisco and Los Angeles. He began directing theater productions in 2002 and has directed twelve productions since that time, receiving 4-Star reviews for his directing Pvt. Wars in 2005, and most recently nominated for Best Director for Fiction. He has been directed by Jean Shelton numerous times and apprenticed with her for eight years, learning to teach her acting technique. For a schedule of Richard's acting classes, click here.
Richard worked for twenty-one years with the Recreation Center for the Handicapped in San Francisco, as a mandated reporter transporting at-risk toddlers. Currently Richard is a substitute teacher in the West Contra Costa Unified School District where he also mentors several students.