Richard Greenblatt is an actor, director, writer, and musician who has been a professional theatre artist for the last 46 years. He was born in Montréal and received his acting training at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in England. He has performed in theatres across Canada and abroad, as well as in feature films, television and radio.
He has a long history with the Tarragon Theatre, dating back to the late 70’s when he performed in The Dream Play. He has directed numerous shows for the company, including, Public Lies, True West, and Plan B, amongst others. He has also directed several pieces written by Diane Flacks, such as Gravity Calling, By A Thread, and Waiting Room. The list as a co-writer/performer include Theory of Relatives, 2 Pianos 4 Hands, as well as Sibs and Care (both with Diane Flacks). Sibs was made into a made-for-television movie for the CBC, for which he co-wrote the screenplay as well as co-performed with Flacks.
Other pieces he has created and performed in include two solo shows; Soft Pedaling (Factory and national tour), and Letters from Lehrer (Canstage). Athabasca, co-written and co-performed with David S. Craig, was a major critical and box office hit at the Next Stage Festival.
He has directed well over 130 productions for other theatres across the country, the vast majority being original and/or Canadian works, including numerous award-winning and ground breaking works for Young Audiences. Recently he directed the opera Hook Up for Tapestry Opera, Elektra at Humber College, and is presently directing and is the dramaturg for a new musical at Musical Stage entitled Divorce Lunch
He has taught acting, directing and play creation at almost all of the major theatre training institutions in Canada. He has won 7 Dora Awards and two Chalmers Playwriting Awards. He lives in Toronto.