Richard Hellesen

Richard Hellesen is the author of numerous plays for adult and young audiences. The former include All She Wrote, Compelled, Kingdom (Stavis Award, National Theatre Conference), Moonshadow (McIntyre Playwriting Award), Once in Arden (Beverly Hills Theatre Guild Award), and four plays for Ford’s Theatre in DC, where he is an Associate Artist: Necessary Sacrifices, One Destiny, The Road From Appomattox, as well as co-writing the adaptation of Frank Wildhorn’s musical Freedom’s Song. With composer David De Berry he wrote a widely-produced version of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol (Denver Center, Dallas Theater Center, Geva, among many). His two-dozen produced one-acts include five finalists for Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s Heideman Award; Dos Corazones was included in Best Ten Minute Plays 2012. Among his plays for young audiences are adaptations of Johnny Tremain, The Emperor’s New Clothes, Twelve Dancing Princesses, and—with composer Michael Silversher—The Wind in the Willows along with eleven touring shows produced by South Coast Repertory. A member of the Dramatists Guild, he twice served as Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts in Kansas. His literary work includes a number of years on the staffs of South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Repertory, and B Street Theatre.

Types of Plays: 
Musicals (primarily book), comedy, drama, historical plays, theater for young audiences.


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