RICHARD C. AVEN (DIRECTOR)
Richard has directed plays by Chekhov, Coward, Hellman, Shepard, and Shakespeare, among many other new works. In December 2011, he joined Amios, directing for their Shotz series. In early June, he directed a short film based on a Shotz piece by Lauren Lubow, Mudpies. In July 2014, for the Fresh Fruit Festival he directed Liz Thaler’s The Peddler’s Tale. Previous to that, as the Associate Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Mixed Phoenix Theatre Group, Richard directed 14 of the 30 plays developed through their various reading and staged reading series. In April 2013, in The Studio Theatre of The Pershing Square Signature Center, he directed the Mixed Phoenix world premiere of Smoke, by Native American playwright Vickie Ramirez with a cast that included Raúl Castillo and Tanis Parenteau. Richard holds a B.A. in music (piano) & and an M.A. in renaissance literature (Michigan State University), as well as an M.F.A. in directing (The Theatre School, DePaul University). During the course of his education, he was privileged to study with David Renner (Piano, MSU), Dr Philip McGuire (Shakespeare, MSU), Kenneth Muir (Shakespeare Institute), Joseph Slowik (Directing, DePaul), & David William (Artistic Director, Stratford Festival, Ontario). In 1995, he co-authored Acting: Preparation, Practice and Performance (Harper Collins) with Dr. Bella Itkin (Acting, DePaul), an in-depth application for actors of sensory technique to text.