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Richard V. Riddell, Mary D.B.T. and James H. Semans Professor of the Practice

Richard V. Riddell
Office Location:  Allen Building, Room 217, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 684-2641
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Research Interests: Theater History, Lighting Design

Richard Riddell has had a career as a scholar, professional lighting designer, and academic administrator. A graduate of Knox College and Stanford University, he has published articles on education and the arts, design, and European theater in The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, American Theater, The Drama Review, and other publications. He has received the Tony, Drama Desk, and Maharam Awards for excellence in lighting design and has designed productions on Broadway and at resident theater and opera companies in the United States and Great Britain, including the American Repertory Theatre, the English National Opera, the New York City Opera, the La Jolla Playhouse, the Guthrie, and the Royal Shakespeare Company. He designed the lighting for the premieres of three operas by Philip Glass: Satyagraha, Akhnaten (also collaborating on the libretto), and The Fall of the House of Usher. Prior to coming to Duke, he was chairman of the Department of Theater at the University of California, San Diego, and Director of the Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. He led the Duke University Department of Theater Studies (formerly Program in Drama) from 1992 to 2003.

Typical Courses Taught:

  • Theater st 129s, Ethical stages
  • Theater st 131, Contemporary theater in production (with manny azenburg) Synopsis
  • Theater st 169s, Special topics: lighting design for the theater Synopsis
Education:

Ph.D. Stanford University 1978
BA with Honors Knox College 1972
Specialties:

Theater History
Lighting Design
Curriculum Vitae
Awards, Honors, and Distinctions

Antoinette Perry (TONY) Award, New York City, 1985
Drama Desk Award, New York City, 1985
Joseph Maharam Award in Design, New York City, 1985
Golden Trigue (First Place): Best National Exhibit, Prague Quadrennial International Exhibition of Design, 1987
Knox College Alumni Achievement Award, June 1986
Invited Entry: Fourth Biennial Scenography Exposition, United States Institute of Theatre Technology, 1986
Dramalogue Award: Lighting Design, Los Angeles, 1985
German Academic Exchange Service Grant, 1982
National Endowment for the Humanities Grant, 1979
Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Riddell, RV, Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People at the 35th Berlin Theatertreffen, Theaterforum (1999).
  2. Riddell, RV, Artists and Audiences, Duke Magazine, Arts and Ideas (Fall, 1996).
  3. Napoleon, D, Shedding Light on the Play, Theater Week (February, 1996) (Interview.).
  4. Riddell, RV, The Training Explosion, American Theatre (October, 1990).
  5. Riddell, RV, In Praise of Groups, American Theatre (April, 1990).
  6. Riddell, RV, The Academy Flunks Out, American Theatre (June, 1989) (Reprint of previous article in The Chronicle of Higher Education, February 1989.).
  7. Riddell, RV, On German Stages, a Society Explores Itself, The New York Times (March, 1989).
  8. Riddell, RV, The University Once Thought It Could Develop Artists: Now We Know It Can’t, The Chronicle of Higher Education (1989) (Reprinted in American Theatre under title, "The Academy Flunks Out", June 1989.).
  9. Riddell, RV, Tribute to Alan Schneider, Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Bulletin (1985).
  10. Riddell, RV, Achim Freyer, Karl-Ernst Herrman, Wilfried Minks, in Contemporary Designers (1984), St James Press.
  11. Riddell, RV, The German Raum, The Drama Review (March, 1980).
  12. Riddell, RV, The Schaubuehne. Spatial Experimentation in Berlin, Theatre Crafts (1979).
  13. Riddell, RV, Wilfried Minks, Theatre Crafts (1978).
Selected Production Credits

    Lighting Design Credits

  1. A Philadelphia Story, Missouri Repertory Theater, 2001
    with Richard V. Riddell
  2. Eleanor: An American Love Story, Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C. and Theater Previews at Duke, 1999
    with Richard V. Riddell
  3. Kudzu, Ford's Theatre, Washington, D.C. and Theater Previews at Duke, 1998
    with Richard V. Riddell
  4. Otello, English National Opera, London, 1998
    with Richard V. Riddell
  5. Private Lives, The Cleveland Playhouse, 1995
    with Richard V. Riddell
  6. Queen of Spades, English National Opera, London, 1993
    with Richard V. Riddell
  7. Steel, American Repertory Theatre, 1991
    with Richard V. Riddell
  8. The Return of Ulysses, English National Opera, London, 1989
    with Richard V. Riddell
  9. The Flying Dutchman, Santa Fe Opera, 1988
    with Richard V. Riddell
  10. A Walk in the Woods, La Jolla Playhouse; Booth Theatre, Broadway (1988); Pushkin Theatre, Moscow (1989), 1987
    with Richard V. Riddell
  11. The Day Room, American Repertory Theatre (Premiere), 1986
    with Richard V. Riddell
  12. Akhnaten, Houston Grand Opera; New York City Opera; English National Opera, London (1985), 1984
    with Richard V. Riddell
  13. Big River, La Jolla Playhouse; Eugene O'Neill Theatre, Broadway (1985), 1984
    with Richard V. Riddell
  14. Pieces of Eight, The Acting Company National Tour (inc. The Public Theater), 1984
    with Richard V. Riddell
  15. The Tempest, Royal Shakespeare Company, Stratford-Upon-Avon; Royal Shakespeare Company, London (1983), 1982
    with Richard V. Riddell
  16. The Yellow Sound, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York (World Premiere); Alte Oper Frankfurt, Germany (1982), 1982
    with Richard V. Riddell
  17. Katya Kabanova, Houston Grand Opera, 1981
    with Richard V. Riddell
  18. Our Town, Guthrie Theatre, 1981
    with Richard V. Riddell
  19. Satyagraha, Netherlands Opera, Rotterdam, Amsterdam (Premiere); Brooklyn Academy of Music (1981); Chicago Lyric Opera (1987); Seattle Opera (1988); San Francisco Opera (1989), 1980
    with Richard V. Riddell

    Scene Design Credits

  1. Akhnaten, Houston Grand Opera and New York City Opera, 1984
    with Richard V. Riddell
  2. The Yellow Sound, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City (World Premiere); Alte Oper Frankfurt, Germany (1982), 1982
    with Richard V. Riddell
  3. Krapp's Last Tape, Akademie der Kuenste, West Berlin, 1977
    with Richard V. Riddell

    Other Production Credits

  1. Akhnaten, Houston Grand Opera; New York City Opera; English National Opera, London (1985); Wuerttembergische Staatstheater Stuttgart (1985), 1984
    with Richard V. Riddell

 


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