Lloyd Richards

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Lloyd Richards
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Born Lloyd George Richards
(1919-06-29)June 29, 1919
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died June 29, 2006(2006-06-29) (aged 87)
New York City, New York
Occupation Theatre director, actor
Spouse(s) Barbara Davenport (1958-2006)
Awards Drama Desk Outstanding New Play
1987 Fences
1990 The Piano Lesson
National Medal of Arts
1993 Lifetime Achievement

Lloyd George Richards (June 29, 1919 – June 29, 2006) was a Canadian-American theatre director, actor, and dean of the Yale School of Drama from 1979 to 1991, and Yale University professor emeritus.

Biography[edit]

Richards was born in Toronto, Ontario, but was raised in Detroit, Michigan. His father, a Jamaican carpenter turned auto-industry worker, died when Richards was nine years old. Soon after, his mother lost her eyesight, he and his brother Allan kept the family together. He later went on to study law at Wayne University where instead he found his way in theatrical arts after a brief break during World War II while serving in the U.S. Army Air Force.

Among Richards' accomplishments are his staging the original production of Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, debuting on Broadway to standing ovations on 11 March 1959, and in 1984 he introduced August Wilson to Broadway in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom.

As head of the National Playwrights Conference at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center, he helped develop the careers of Wendy Wasserstein, Christopher Durang, Lee Blessing and David Henry Hwang.

Richards died of heart failure on his eighty-seventh birthday in New York City.

Mr. Richards also taught Moscow Art Theatre acting technique under Paul Mann at the Actor's Workshop in New York alongside Morris Carnovsky.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards
Nominations
  • 1960: Tony Award Best Direction of a Play - A Raisin in the Sun
  • 1981: Tony Award Best Play - A Lesson From Aloes
  • 1987: Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play - Fences
  • 1988: Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play - Joe Turner's Come and Gone
  • 1988: Drama Desk Award Outstanding New Play - Joe Turner's Come and Gone
  • 1988: Tony Award Best Direction of a Play - Joe Turner's Come and Gone
  • 1988: Tony Award Best Play - A Walk in the Woods
  • 1988: Tony Award Best Play - Joe Turner's Come and Gone
  • 1989: Drama Desk Award Outstanding Revival - Long Day's Journey Into Night
  • 1989: Tony Award Best Revival - Ah, Wilderness!
  • 1990: Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play - The Piano Lesson
  • 1990: Tony Award Best Direction of a Play - The Piano Lesson
  • 1990: Tony Award Best Play - The Piano Lesson
  • 1996: Drama Desk Award Outstanding Director of a Play - Seven Guitars
  • 1996: Tony Award Best Direction of a Play - Seven Guitars

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