Richard Hellesen

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Richard Hellesen is the author of numerous plays and musicals for adult and young audiences. His work has been seen at the Denver Center Theatre, South Coast Repertory, Geva, Florida Stage, Gretna Theatre, Los Angeles Repertory Company, Sacramento Theatre Company, Sundance Children's Theatre, Imagination Stage, City Theatre in Miami, B Street Theatre, and Ford's Theatre in Washington DC, where he is an Associate Artist. He is the recipient of writing awards from the National Theatre Conference, PEN USA-West, the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, and the Beverly Hills Theatre Guild; his two-dozen short plays include five finalists for the Actors Theatre of Louisville Heideman Award. He has worked on the literary staffs of South Coast Repertory, Berkeley Repertory Theatre and B Street Theatre, and was twice a Playwright-in-Residence at the William Inge Center for the Arts in Kansas.


Types of Plays: 
Musicals (primarily book), adaptations, short plays, comedy, drama, historical plays, theater for young audiences. I lean more toward work that's language-oriented; I also have an affinity for historically-based plays, as well as an interest in musical book/libretto (not so much lyrics or music).

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