Helen Richardson
Associate Professor, Theater History

Helen Richardson (Brooklyn College)
312B Whitehead Hall
718-951-5000 x1994

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PhD, Dramatic Art, University of California at Berkeley
MA, Creative Interdisciplinary Arts, San Francisco State University
BA, Art and International Relations, Beloit College

Dr. Richardson holds a PhD in Dramatic Art from the University of California at Berkeley’s Director/Scholar program. Her work has focused on methods of collaboration and creation within multicultural theatre companies and, in particular, on the work of the Paris-based international theater, the Théâtre du Soleil, under the artistic direction of Ariane Mnouchkine. While researching the Théâtre du Soleil, she trained in maskwork with Mnouchkine. She has recently completed a chapter on the theater practices of the Théâtre du Soleil, included in Actor Training: An Introduction, published by Routledge January 2010, and has written for various publications such as Theatre Journal, ACResolution, and The Antioch Review. She is currently working on a book, Theatre in a Global Context: A History.

Professor Richardson has worked internationally as a stage director. Besides Mnouchkine, she has trained with Sotigui Kouyaté of the Peter Brook Company, and Dutch director Agaath Witteman. From 1991-1994, she served as Artistic Director of the Stalhouderij Theatre Company, Amsterdam’s resident English-language theater, an international ensemble of actors creating new works and performing a diverse repertoire of classic and modern plays. Her production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream was listed among the best productions of the year by Amsterdam newspapers. The Stalhouderij’s production of The Game, by Venezuelan playwright Mariella Romero, which she co-directed, was cited by Amsterdam’s cultural magazine City Life, now Time Out, as the best production in the Netherlands in 1992.

Professor Richardson is currently Artistic Director of Tiyatroglobal, an international theatre company based in NY City. Tiyatroglobal was recently commissioned by the United Nations to create and perform a play, MIKA, for the 2008 Elimination of Violence Against Women Day and for the 2009 International Women’s Day. Richardson’s 2008 production for Tiyatroglobal, an adaptation of Euripides’ Iphigenia at Aulis, was noted for its “bold new restaging” by The Brooklyn Paper. In the summer of 2009 TIyatroglobal hosted an acting workshop lead by actors Duccio Bellugi-Vannuccini and Maurice Durozier of the Théâtre du Soleil at Brooklyn College.

Professor Richardson has developed many performance pieces in collaboration, including Confessions..., a postmodern look at fairy tales, performed at the Grahamstown Theatre Festival in Johannesburg, South Africa, and Los Alamos and After, about the atomic bomb, performed at Trinity Site, White Sands Missile Base, where the first atomic bomb was detonated. Her ensemble production of Aeschylus’ The Libation Bearers, for the University of Utah Greek Festival, received Best of Festival Award for Ensemble Work from the Western Regional American College Theatre Festival/Kennedy Center College of Fellows of the American Theatre at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC. Her play, The Disappearance, was presented as a staged reading in 2010 through the support of Curious Frog Theatre Company in NY, and she has co-directed a collaborative project on the history of the U.S. was presented at La Mama in March of 2010.