Richard V. Riddell is an American lighting designer.
He graduated from
Knox College with a B.A. with honors in 1972. In 1978, he received his doctorate from Stanford University.
He has had extensive teaching experience, working at such schools as the
University of California, San Diego, Harvard University. He finally moved to Duke University, where he became vice president as well as university secretary and assistant to the president, Richard H. Brodhead.
Riddell has also worked on numerous shows, including two
Broadway shows: and A Walk in the Woods . He mostly designed lighting for the shows, but occasionally dabbled in scenic design. Big River [1 ]
He is also published many articles in different magazines and newspapers such as
American Theater, , The New York Times , TheaterWeek , The Drama Review The Chronicle of Higher Education, Contemporary Designers, and Theater Crafts. [1 ]
Teaching [ edit ]
Riddell taught in the theater department at the University of California, San Diego from 1978 to 1987. He then became the director of the Institute for Advanced Theatre Training at Harvard University until 1991. He moved to work at Duke in 2001 as the Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Professor of the Practice of Theater Studies,
teaching classes such as "Arts and Contemporary Society", "Lighting Design for the Theater", and "Arts and Stage in the 20th Century". He also became the chairman of Duke's Department of Theater Studies. In 2007, it was announced that he would succeed Allison Haltom as Duke's vice president and secretary, as well as retain his position as assistant to the president. [2 ] [3 ]
Designs [ edit ]
He designed lights for such shows as
for The Philadelphia Story Missouri Repertory Theatre; Eleanor: An American Love Story for Ford's Theater; Kudzu for Ford's Theater; for the Otello English National Opera; for Private Lives Cleveland Play House; for the English National Opera; Queen of Spades Steel for American Repertory Theater; for English National Opera; The Return of Ulysses for the The Flying Dutchman Santa Fe Opera; A Walk in the Woods for La Jolla Playhouse and for Broadway; for American Repertory Theater; The Day Room for the Akhnaten Houston Grand Opera, New York City Opera, and English National Opera; Big River for La Jolla Playhouse and Broadway; Pieces of Eight for The Acting Company National Tour; for the London and Stratford-Upon-Avon The Tempest Royal Shakespeare Companies; for Marymount Manhattan Theatre and The Yellow Sound Alte Oper; for Houston Grand Opera; Káťa Kabanová for Our Town Guthrie Theater; and for Satyagraha De Nederlandse Opera, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Seattle Opera, and San Francisco Opera. Additionally, he worked on the scene design for ' for Krapp's Last Tape Akademie der Künste, , and Akhnaten . The Yellow Sound [1 ]
Riddell won the
Tony Award for Best Lighting Design, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Lighting Design, and Hewes Design Award for his work on Big River in 1985. Additionally, he received a Knox College Alumni Achievement Award in 1986. [4 ]
References [ edit ]