Richard Tatum began directing while at the National Theatre Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Center. Once in Los Angeles, he found his way to venerable Theatre West, where he directed experimental projects such as Rock Song and The Unusual Prospects. He was a founding member and Associate Artistic Director of the Ark Theatre Company, where he directed critically acclaimed productions of The Country Wife, The London Cuckolds, On the Verge, Good, Hazard County, and world premieres of The Big Ever After, Sounds of Silence, Gaining Ground and the one-act Barrage. Also around Los Angeles he’s directed May 39th, The Insidious Impact of Anton, and The Girl Who Would Be King with the multiple-award nominated Absolute Theatre, where he is the Artistic Director, The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Lyric Theater, Group: A Musical with the Los Angeles Theatre Ensemble, and staged readings at the prestigious Slamdance on Stage and Blank Theatre Company, where he is also a frequent director for the Young Playwrights Festival. In other media, he directed the shorts SOCK PUPPET, HEALTH & DISORDER (Official Selection, Los Angeles Cinema of Hollywood Film Festival and Shorties Festival), RENT CONTROL, THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DESK (Official Selection, Trinity International Film Festival and Village of Brewster International Film Festival), episodes of the web series BECKY & KATE: WORKS IN PROGRESS, SUPPORT GROUP, THE N.U.T. SYSTEM, THE STALKER CHRONICLES, plus the comedy CD BUSHWA!, as well as several radio commercials and plays for radio. Richard is also a multi-award nominated actor, whose 30-year career spans stage, film, TV, and commercials. As a voiceover artist he’s been heard on a wide variety of projects, from the cartoons GRUNGY MCGEE (Disney), STATIC SHOCK (Warners), and AS TOLD BY GINGER (Nick) to a galaxy of interactive games including DISNEY INFINITY 3.0, CALL OF DUTY: BLACK OPS, GRAND THEFT AUTO V, OCEAN STAR V, SAINTS ROW 2, DESTROY ALL HUMANS 2, SPYRO: YEAR OF THE DRAGON, and is the Skylander named Countdown. He is a frequent guest instructor at USC, UCLA, Syracuse University and the vocal coach for the Shoutcasting team at Riot Games. He is a proud graduate of Oberlin College, Directors Lab West ’11, The Second City’s directing program, and is a member of the SDC, SAG-AFTRA, and Actors Equity.
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