Romeo and Juliet
Kevin Rich is Artistic Director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival and Assistant Professor of Acting at Illinois State University. Kevin’s interests include the accessibility of classical plays to a contemporary audience and the development of new work in the spirit of Shakespeare’s plays.
Highlights of his first three seasons as Artistic Director of ISF include an all-male, original-practices production of Much Ado about Nothing; the nurturing of new plays such as Failure: A Love Story, Love’s Labor’s Won, and a hip-hop adaptation of Two Gentlemen of Verona, Q Gents; and the creation of a new,
sold-out Halloween tradition, ShakesFEAR.
Kevin’s professional experience as an actor includes ISF, Milwaukee Shakespeare, Chicago Shakespeare, Kentucky Shakespeare, Shakespeare and Company, Portland Center Stage, San Jose Rep, Yale Rep, and the American Theatre Company; this past summer, he played the title role in Richard II at ISF. Recent directing credits include Antony and Cleopatra at ISF, As You Like It at Bradley University, and Romeo and Juliet at ISU (upcoming). His play for young audiences, The Magical Mind of Billy Shakespeare, is published by Playscripts, Inc.
His previous teaching experience includes Kenyon College, Carthage College and the University of Wisconsin at Parkside, where Kevin taught courses in acting, directing, voice, dramatic literature, Shakespeare, theatre for young audiences, and theatre history. He is member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA, and a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®. He holds a BA from Grinnell College and an MFA from Yale School of Drama.