Richard Corley

Adjunct Lecturer



Master of Fine Arts, Illinois State University



Richard Corley’s distinguished career as a director, producer, playwright, dramaturg and educator has taken him to theatres and universities across the United States, Russia, Italy, and the United Kingdom.  He has directed classics, new plays, and opera at theatres such as The Acting Company, Hartford Stage Company, Arena Stage, Dallas Theatre Center, American Conservatory Theatre, Magic Theatre, City Theatre of Pittsburgh, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Old Globe Theatre, Berkshire Theatre Festival, Philadelphia Theatre Company, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Southwest Shakespeare Theatre, Delaware Theatre Company, Mint Theatre, Home for Contemporary Theatre, Shattered Globe Theatre, Jean Cocteau Repertory Theatre, National Shakespeare Company, Madison Repertory Theatre, Seattle Opera, Opera Omaha, Sovremennik Theatre of Moscow, Tennessee Williams Festival of St. Louis, and many others.  

As an educator, Richard has taught acting and directing at training programs nationwide and abroad, including Juillard, NYU/Tisch Graduate Program, SUNY Purchase, Brandeis, Bard College, Lake Forest College, DePaul University, Texas Tech University, Badia di Cava Music Festival, University of California, San Diego,and many others.  

Richard was the Associate Producing Director of New York’s The Acting Company and the Artistic Director of Madison Repertory Theatre in Wisconsin, where he produced and directed many new plays, including the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s Eurydice.  

Among his many awards are the TCG/NEA Director Fellowship and a Drama Desk nomination for his New York Premiere of Tom Dulack’s Incommunicado with Tom Aldredge. 

Richard’s work as a playwright includes his collaboration with the late Larry Brown on Brown’s book Dirty Work, which was produced at Arena Stage and Dallas Theatre Center, and his original play Tierra del Fuego, based on the life of Charles Darwin.  

His work as a dramaturg includes Desire, an evening of plays adapted from Tennessee Williams’ short stories,for The Acting Company.  

Richard is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC).

Courses Taught

Introduction to Theatre History II: Modern Theatre
Advanced Acting: Shakespeare