Herman, Dr. Richard
Department of Theatre and Dance Chair
Byler Distinguished Faculty Recipient
Kennedy Center Gold Medallion Recipient
Ph.D. Directing and Acting, Texas Tech University
MA Theatre, University of Central Missouri
BA Speech and Drama, Marymount College of Kansas
Classes Regularly Taught
•Modern Theatrical Styles
•Development of the American Theatre
•Contemporary Theatre and Drama
•Dramatic Theory and Criticism
American Musical Theatre History
As a director and actor, Herman has been involved in over 150 productions throughout his career.At UCM, Herman has directed in the Mainstage season, Children’s Theatre series, BlackBox series and with Central Missouri Repertory. Some of the productions that Dr. Herman has directed at UCM include Romeo & Juliet, Equus, The Grapes of Wrath, Macbeth, Recent Tragic Events, The Elephant Man, Oedipus the King, Buried Child, Death of A Salesman, Blue Window and Children of A Lesser God.One of Herman’s loves is directing musicals which have included A Chorus Line, Pirates of Penzance, Fiddler on the Roof, Annie, Assassins, The Fantasticks, The King and I, Man of La Mancha, Little Shop of Horrors, The Wizard of Ozand The Robber Bridegroom.In the summer 2002, Herman wrote and directed a world premiere musical Dracula for Central Missouri Repertory.
As an educator and professional theatre artist, Herman is an active participant in the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival, serving as a Member at Large on the National Executive Team for the National Playwriting Program. He has served as President for the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri, is a member of the Missouri Council of Theatre Chairs, a member of the New Theatre Guild, and has presented numerous workshops to high school, university, and professional theatre organizations.On the International scene, Herman has taught in the Maastricht Center for Transatlantic Studies, Maastricht, Netherlands and Buckinghamshire University, High Wycombe, England and Geely University, Yings TV and Film College, Beijing, China.
Herman has been involved in the theatre teaching profession since 1976.His high school teaching career included serving as Theatre Instructor at Jefferson City High School and Kinsley High School.As a graduate assistant he taught at University of Central Missouri and Texas Tech University.As a university professor, Herman has taught at Marymount College of Kansas, Millikin University, and joined the theatre faculty at Central Missouri in 1987.Herman assumed the duties of department chair in 2001.Herman has received many teaching honors including the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri Wayne Brown Award for Outstanding Teacher, the University of Central Missouri Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Meridith Harmon Sauer Distinguished Endowed Professor of Theatre, and UCM’s highest teaching honor, the Byler Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award.