Richard P. Vaden

     Richard is the Assistant Artistic Director of Scheherazade Theatre as well as an actor. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from Simon’s Rock College with a major in Theatre Performance. He studied acting abroad at the London Dramatic Academy in England, and graduated summa cum laude in May, 2008. He has since been involved in shows produced by Shakespeare & Company, the Tectonic Theatre Company, the Berkshire Fringe Festival, Serious Play! Theatre Ensemble, the Smith College Theatre Department, the Pioneer Arts Center of Easthampton (PACE), Hampshire Shakespeare Company, Manhattan Repertory Theatre, and now Scheherazade Theatre. He has served as a costumier, dramaturge, stage manager, playwright, director, and actor. Though he has experience in many aspects of theatrical production, his primary concentration is in acting. Since moving to the Pioneer Valley in the summer of 2008, Rich has acted in Big Love (Smith College), Milosevic at the Hague (Serious Play!), Respect for the Electric Field of Horses (Smith College), Twelfth Night (Hampshire Shakespeare Festival), and his own play, Hide & Seek, which was produced by Scheherazade Theatre and performed at the Manhattan Repertory Theatre in Times Square. His favorite roles have included Prior in Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Ko-Ko in Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado, and Malvolio in Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. Richard is from a small town in Michigan, but has had the opportunity to travel abroad in England. France, Italy, Greece, Turkey, Ireland, Holland, and Tanzania.