Richard Squires was educated at Andover and Columbia, with further study in composition at Juilliard, and in philosophy at St. John’s College, Annapolis. His work has been featured or reviewed in dozens of publications, including The New York Times, The New York Observer, The Los Angeles Times, Art Forum, the Village Voice, the Washington Post, Film Journal International, and PBS.
He has been a fellow of both the National Endowment for the Arts and Meet the Composer. He was awarded a scholar’s desk at the Library of Congress in the 1980’s to develop the Albion Cycle of plays. His essays, interviews, and reviews on history and theatre have been published in the Washington Post’s Outlook, The Guardian, the Atlanta Constitution, Performance Magazine, Gnosis, Alternatives theatrales, Society and other publications.
He has published online at Washington’s Blog, The Journal of Wild Culture, and the International Times. He has worked as an actor, director, playwright, and technician for La Mama Amsterdam, the Bread and Puppet Theatre, American Place Theatre, the Players Theatre of New England, Brecht West Theatre, and others. His first play, Feathertop, was produced by Brecht West Theatre in 1970. His second play, The Judge, was presented at the Protetch-Rivkin Gallery in 1973, along with his first musical work, The Second Play. The Fall of Albion, a musical work, was presented in a concert reading at the Shakespeare Theatre in Washington in 1995.
He was also the co-creator of Soft Gallery, an environmental performance theatre presented in Washington D.C. in 1974 and revived by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles in 2007 and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, in 2008. He also founded the Museum of Temporary Art, an experimental gallery in Washington, DC, in 1975.
As founding producer of the Delphi Film Foundation he wrote and directed the feature film Crazy Like a Fox, starring Marry McDonnell and Roger Rees. It screened at a dozen film festivals internationally during
2004-05, winning prizes for best picture, director, cinematography, and production. It was released in New York and Washington by Sky Island Film in 2006, and is currently distributed worldwide by Media Luna, Cologne. His short films Pinkie and Kangaroo Court (Best Picture, Barbary Coast Film Festival) have recently been completed, and two new features, Gurus and Gangsters and A Blanket of Dust, are in pre-production. His credits in composition include music for the Albion Cycle, The Second Play, Pinkie, Kangaroo Court, and Crazy Like a Fox.
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Christopher is a director of theatre and opera as well as multidisciplinary works. In 2016 joined the faculty of Yale University School of Music's Opera department where he directs and teaches acting and movement. He is also on adjunct faculty at New York University. In 2014 he was the recipient of the honored Princess Grace Theater Award Honorarium and was previously honored by the Shubert Foundation through Columbia University.
In 2018 he formed Two Way Radio, a theatrical collaborative, with choreographer Adam Fleming. They collaborated on Toe Pick at Dixon Place and a new production of West Side Story with the Sioux City Symphony. This production of West Side Story marks the first time that a full orchestra is sharing the stage with a fully mounted production of the musical.
His work in theatre and opera has been seen around the world, including the 2015 production of Verdi’s La Traviata at the Mariinsky Opera House in St. Petersburg. Yale Opera credits as movement and fight director include Britten’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Don Quichote by Massenet. Other works include Man of La Mancha (Wasserman/Darion/Leigh), The Crucible (Miller), Pericles and Hamlet (Shakespeare), Into the Woods (Sondheim/Lapine), Children of Eden (Schwartz/Caird), and The Three Sisters (Chekhov). New plays and collaborations have included Peter Pan or the Boy Who Hated Mothers (Michael Lluberes), Alphabetical (Tingying Ma), The Sounds of My People (Tabia Lau) and development of works by Matthew Minnicino, Daaimah Mubashshir, and David Kimple. As an associate he has worked with Encores! Off-Center, Classic Stage Company, SITI Company and Kansas City Repertory Theatre.
Furthermore, Christopher is a passionate educator who believes that theatre and art are essential to the internal development of communities. He provides individual audition and career coaching, group master classes and creates curriculums for small groups working towards developing community and ensemble. He is a proud member of the Acting Manitou community, a summer program for young artists, introducing and furthering the work of young theatre artists through ensemble and the always developing explorations of theatre. He is a professional member of Actor's Equity Association (AEA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC) and holds a master’s degree in directing from Columbia University.
Jacqui is a director and actor, originally from Toronto, ON. Directing: Dogfight, Beco[me] (Rotunda Theatre, Kingston, ON), Hannah’s Play (Hart House, Toronto). BA from Queen’s University, MM from NYU. With many thanks to Christopher, Jacqui is honoured to be a part of A Blanket of Dust. jacquisirois.com