Richard Rose, born January 18, 1955 in Maracaibo, Venezuela, and grew up in Sudbury, Ontario. He is the Artistic director of the Tarragon theatre since 2002, and she is the founding Artistic Director of Toronto's Necessary Angel theatre. He was also the Associate Director for Canadian Stage Company, Director of the Stratford Festival Young Company and spent ten seasons directing at the Stratford Festival.
Life and Career
He has directed plays across Canada, the United States, and in London’s West End in styles ranging from the environmental to the classical. Richard is well known for developing new work, including four plays that won the Governor General’s Award and nine other nominated plays. He is a four-time Dora award winner for direction and production and has had numerous nominations.
Other than plays, He also directed operas and films.
He retains many of his early goals: “Still trying to change the world but instead of a mass movement from my younger aspirations, I want to change one person at a time and maybe only for a bit of time. Somehow I also want it to change me.”
In 2011, he was the recipient of the Canada Council’s Walter Carsen Prize for Excellence in Performing Arts.
For Necessary Angel, Richard Rose has directed David Young's Inexpressible Island, adaptations of Michael Ondaatje's Coming Through Slaughter and Timothy Findley's Not Wanted on the Voyage, as well as productions of John Krizanc's Tamara, The Half of It and Prague, among many others.
For Stratford Festival he has directed Taming of the Shrew, Coriolanus, Comedy of Errors, As You Like It; Robertson Davies' World of Wonders; and Jean-Marc Dalpé's Eddy. In 2000 he directed his adaptation of King Lear, Hysterica and Titus Andronicus at Stratford.
He has directed at several other companies, including Canadian Stage (Arcadia, Transit of Venus); Buddies in Bad Times ( Jason Sherman's It's All True, 1999); and Great Canadian Theatre Company (Ondaatje's The Collected Works of Billy the Kid). He also directed David Young's Clout at the National Arts Centre (January, 2001).
At Tarragon, as director: Much Ado About Nothing, Abyss, The Bakelite Masterpiece, An Enemy of the People, A God in Need of Help, The Valley, This is War, No Great Mischief, The Real World?, Forests, Courageous, Another Home Invasion, Molière, Democracy, Scorched, Léo, Humble Boy, Remnants, 3 in the Back, 2 in the Head, It’s All True, Prague.