Richard Israel


Richard IsraelRichard Israel made his Colony Theatre debut with directing  Bell Book and Candle.

Recent directing credits include Merrily We Roll Along at The Actor’s Coop, High Spirits for the Musical Theatre Guild, and Dirty Rotten Scoundrels for Interact Theatre Company.

Prior to these projects, he directed A Christmas Carol and A Grand Night for Singing (both for the Norris Theatre) and Meet Me In St. Louis for Musical Theatre West. Other directing credits include the critically acclaimed west coast premiere of Anita Bryant Died For Your Sins, the Los Angeles premiere of Big: The Musical, Stephen Sondheim’s Assassins (L.A. Weekly Award Nomination for Direction and Outstanding Musical, LADCC Award for Musical Ensemble), David Lindsay Abaire’s Wonder of the World, and Adam Guettel’s Floyd Collins (Backstage Garland Award for Direction) – all for Hollywood’s West Coast Ensemble Theatre. For the Musical Theatre Guild, Richard directed Jeanine Tesori’s Violet, and for the Actor’s Coop, he directed Big River, 1776 (L.A. Weekly Award Nomination for Direction and Outstanding Musical) and Leading Ladies.

Richard is the recipient of the L.A. Drama Critics Circle Milton Katselas Award for Career Achievement in Directing, and is proud to serve as the Co-Artistic Director for Hollywood’s West Coast Ensemble Theatre.

October 2010