Richard (Rick) St. Peter is an award-winning stage director, producer, and educator with nearly 20 years of experience in professional and academic theatre. During the 2016-2017 academic year, he had the honor of serving as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Craiova in Romania. For the university, he directed Sarah Kane's 4;48 Psychosis (4;48 Psihoza) and also guest directed a series of new international one-act plays under the title Private Spaces (Spatiu Privat) at the Romanian National Theatre in Craiova. From 2003-2009 he served as the Artistic Director of Kentucky’s Actors Guild of Lexington, where he produced over forty shows and directed more than ten. Notable directing credits include Hamlet (production featured in January 2008 "American Theatre" Magazine), Rabbit Hole, All My Sons, Stop Kiss, Tartuffe (freely adapted by Charles Edward Pogue), and world premiere productions of Long Time Travelling (by New York Times best-selling novelist Silas House) and Checking In (by Brian Hampton), Avenue Q and The Rocky Horror Show (both at the Warehouse Theatre, SC), the world premiere of Charles Edward Pogue's adaptation of A Flea in Her Ear (SC's Centre Stage), Fault/Line (World Premiere and first American production at the MeetFactory in Prague, Czech Republic), Romeo and Juliet (Cincinnati Shakespeare Company), The Laramie Project (Barksdale Theatre), subUrbia (Theatre IV), and Jails, Hospitals & Hip-Hop (Theatre IV, Barksdale Theatre and TheatreVirginia). Since 2006, Dr. St. Peter has served as a visiting lecturer at Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance in London, England. He currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Theatre and Theatre Program Coordinator at Virginia Union University in Richmond, VA, He has taught or guest lectured at Trinity College (Dublin), the University of Kentucky, Texas Tech University, Centre College (KY), Christopher Newport University (VA), Virginia Commonwealth University, Clemson University, the University of Toledo, and others. From 2016-2020 he served as the inaugural Chair of the Directing Committee of the Southeastern Theatre Conference (SETC), is a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab, a 2007 participant in the LaMaMa/Umbria International Directors Symposium held in Spoleto, Italy, and a 2002 recipient of a Princess Grace Foundation Theater Award. He previously served as the Associate Artistic Director of TheatreVirginia and Barksdale Theatre (Virginia). Dr. St. Peter received his M.F.A. in stage directing from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University in 2013.
With Ellen Stewart at the LaMaMa/Umbria International Directors Symposium, Spoleto, 2007
With Sir Richard Eyre at Jerwood Studios, London, 2013.
With friend and mentor Benny Sato Ambush, 2013.
With Declan Donnellan, Director of Cheek By Jowl, Craiova, Romania, 2014.