Richard Harris Graham Jr.

Richard Harris Graham Jr

Title: Theater Educator
Company: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States

Richard Harris Graham Jr., Theater Educator at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Artists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in scenic design.

Drawing upon more than four decades of experience, Mr. Graham is a distinguished theater educator who most recently served as an associate professor in the department of theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from 1985 to 2016. Previously serving the university as an assistant professor and lecturer between 1978 and 1985, he also worked with several theater companies, including Theatre X as a resident scenic and lighting designer, the Milwaukee Ballet Company as a resident lighting designer, and the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Company as an assistant, resident and guest scenic and lighting designer. He commenced his career as a scenic and lighting designer at the Mill Mountain Playhouse for three years beginning in 1969.

Earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts in scenic and lighting design from the University of North Carolina School for the Performing Arts in 1971, Mr. Graham has been a scenic and lighting designer for more than 300 theater productions. He became interested in his profession from a young age, having been raised by parents who were enthralled with Broadway productions and frequently took him to shows when he was a child. Most recently serving as the scenic designer for “Ballet du France” in 2017, he also designed for the Milwaukee Ballet Company’s production of “Peter Pan” in 2010. Involved with Theatre Gigante in multiple capacities, he also served the theater as a designer, company member and board member from the late 1980s to the turn of the century.

Mr. Graham is most renowned for his design of “Poor Folk’s Pleasure” at the Suzuki International Toga Festival in Japan and “Good Woman of Szechwan” at Bremen Theatre Festival. Likewise, he designed “Frederick Layton and His World” for the 1888-1988 Centennial Celebration Exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum. In 2014, he was notably featured on PBS, and he received the Fromkin Lecture Award for Social Justice for “On the Line” with Theatre X. He attributes his success to his many mentors, including Charles Evans, a designer, painter and producer of “Hair,” as well as Joe Sanders, a choreographer whose productions required the assistance of Mr. Graham.

As a testament to his success, Mr. Graham has been highlighted in the 64th edition of Who’s Who in America.

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