After leaving Springfield Ballet and Missouri State University, Richard completed his training with the late John Magnus, dancing with the Portland Festival Ballet, where he danced for three seasons. With Mr. Magnus, he had the opportunity to work on both classical roles and create multiple original contemporary works. A native of Bolivar, he has lived in the constant adventure that is New York City. He has been able to bridge the world between both ballet and musical theatre in the last few years. These days, in addition to keeping up with his ballet, he is focusing primarily on where his theatre career can take him. His regional credits include: On the Town (Dance Captain/ u/s Gabey), Guys & Dolls (Rusty Charlie), La Cage aux Folles (Hanna/Dance Captain), Funny Face, 42nd Street, and My Fair Lady. In Eugene, OR, he had the opportunity to dance with Ballet Fantastique, originating multiple roles in the new ballets The Dragon and the Night Queen and Scarlet Flower, a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, along with a return to Springfield Ballet in The Nutcracker in 2016 and 2018. Richard has returned to Springfield to complete his BFA in Musical Theatre along with an Accounting degree at Missouri State University. He is excited to be back at Springfield Ballet, both dancing, and on faculty passing on his training to the dancers. At 6'7", Tommy Tune better look out, there's a new tall man on the rise.
Tickets are now on sale for Beauty and The Beast. Visit Springfield Ballet's website for more information.