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Faculty and Staff

Robert Richmond

Title: Department Chair, Artistic Director / Professor
Department: Theater and Dance
College of Arts and Sciences
Phone: 803-777-6350
Office: Longstreet 401
Resources: Department of Theater and Dance
Robert Richmond


Robert Richmond is originally from Hastings, England, and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. He is currently a Professor at the University of South Carolina, Co-Artistic Director of Theatre South Carolina, Associate Chair of the Department of Theatre & Dance, and the Director of Undergraduate Studies/Performance. 
Robert is an Associate Artist at Folger Shakespeare Theatre in Washington, D.C. He has directed Henry VIII (which was nominated for 10 Helen Hayes Awards, one of which was for Outstanding Director of a Resident Play) Othello, Henry V, Twelfth Night, Richard III, and Julius Caesar.  His scholarship with Folger also includes a multi-year commission to direct, design and produce audio productions of the complete works of Shakespeare These are the first unabridged recordings in American English of Shakespeare’s canon, and create a unique juncture between the scholarly world of Shakespeare’s texts and performance. The recordings are published by Simon & Schuster and accompany the Folger’s printed editions of the plays, all are available for download on iTunes and reach a global audience. Othello, Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Romeo and Juliet, and Richard III are now available to purchase and there are plans for more titles in the future with the development of an interactive iPad app. 
Robert is currently adapting and directing Gravediggers Tale for the Folger Theatre. Which will accompany the national tour in 2016 of the First Folio exhibition that celebrates the 450 anniversary of Shakespeare. The First Folio will be on the USC Columbia campus in April 2016, accompanied by Gravediggers Tale, and Robert will be directing The Tempest for Theatre South Carolina. 
For his production of Hamlet at USC (2014) Robert was voted the Best Director of a Play And Theatre Artist of the Year by the subscribers of