Department of Theatre Patti & Rusty Rueff School of Visual and Performing Arts

Richard Sullivan Lee

  • Associate Professor

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Theatre // VPA // Faculty
Visual and Performing Arts // Faculty

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  • Specialization

  • Acting & Voice

  • Richard Sullivan Lee’s 30-year professional stage career has spanned both coasts. His acting credits include A Contemporary Theatre in Seattle, The New Jersey Shakespeare Festival, The Riverside Shakespeare Company in New York City, as well as numerous appearances at regional theatres throughout the Midwest. He has acted on the Purdue stage in Six Degrees of Separation, College Widow, King Lear, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Time of Your Life, Three Sisters, Romeo and Juliet, The Passion of Dracula, As You Like It, and Tartuffe. Prior to joining the Purdue faculty in 1992, he spent seven years in Chicago performing in a variety of television commercials (from Folgers Coffee to Pepto Bismol), industrial films, and feature films. His directing credits include Off-Off Broadway productions in New York City, The Equity Library Theatre in Chicago, The Old Creamery Theatre and Barn Dinner Theatre both in Iowa, and guest director spots including Mount Mercy College and Virginia Tech Summer Theatre. His Purdue directing credits include Arms and the Man, Buried Child, Bus Stop, The Real Inspector Hound, Les Liaisons Dangereuses, The Serpent, Our Town, and Fuddy Meers. In addition to performing and directing, he has been on the faculty of Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth University, has had guest artist contracts in a variety of college settings, and taught acting classes and on-camera commercial techniques at Act One Studios in Chicago. Richard is a member of Screen Actors Guild-American Federation of Television and Radio Artists.

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