Richard Stillman is an actor, musician, singer, storyteller, tap dancer and teacher. He was featured on the premier episode of the PBS television series Shining Time Station. He received critical acclaim for his performance in Lady Be Good at the Kennedy Center and the Goodspeed Opera House. On Broadway Mr. Stillman played the Clerk of Oxford in Canterbury Tales, and understudied Mummenschanz. In 2009 he returned to Dartmouth to work as an actor, musical director, composer and musician on Peter Hackett’s production of The Grapes of Wrath. Regional theatre productions include: Take it From the Top with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Midsummer Night's Dream at the Alaska Repertory Theatre, Twelfth Night with Jean Marsh and Nicholas Martin, Man of La Mancha at Theatre by the Sea, and Hamlet with Rip Torn and Geraldine Page. He has performed at the New Jersey Folk Festival, opened for Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog, and performs every year at the New Jersey Storytelling Festival.
For the past twenty years Richard has been touring his own shows to theatres, schools and festivals. Two Silly Fathers Productions is a musical theater duo with mime/actor/percussionist Craig Babcock. The Mythmakers is a storytelling and music duo with nationally acclaimed storyteller Gerald Fierst.
Richard also performs shows with guitarist Paul Byrne that combine original and traditional folk music, storytelling and percussive dance. In addition he plays with his own Dixieland, Swing, Country, Bluegrass, Irish and Italian bands.
Mr. Stillman teaches theatre, music, dance and storytelling workshops in schools. He has taught at the New Jersey School of Dramatic Arts and the Whole Theater Company. Richard also teaches banjo, mandolin, ukulele, guitar, bagpipes and pennywhistle in his home.
He holds a BA in Theatre from Dartmouth College, a performing artists in the schools certificate from Columbia University, and studied further at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, with acting teacher Michael Howard, and with the vaudeville string musician Roy Smeck.