Richard Gaffield-Knight

230 West 107th Street, Apt. 1-G
New York, NY 10025-3040
Telephone and Fax: (212) 662-2712
Email: rgaffield@mindspring.com

Objective: To teach in a collaborative environment which nurtures and supports a multicultural vision of theater that reflects a shared past, and presents universal themes of socio-economic concern.

ACADEMIC PREPARATION

State University of New York at Binghamton

9/1991 to 1/1994

Binghamton, New York
Master of Arts / Theater

Empire State College

9/1989 to 8/1991

New York, New York
Bachelor of Professional Studies

Principal Teachers

Criticism: George E. Wellwarth, Ph.D.

Theory: Donald M. Boros, Ph.D.

History: Allan S. Jackson, Ph.D.

Playwriting: John E. Bielenberg, Ph.D.

Art History: Nkiru Nzegwu, Ph.D.

Directing: Lee Strasberg, Marshall Mason

Areas Of Concentration In Graduate Study

The work of Antonin Artaud, Peter Brook and Jerzi Grotowski and its combined effect on a contemporary theater process and practice.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Dramaturg. The Greenwich Street Theatre, New York City
Taught pre-production dramaturgy to playwrights for the New Voices Project

1995-1996

Adjunct Professor, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK at Purchase
Taught playwriting for the Division of Continuing Education

1993-1994

Adjunct Professor, STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK at Binghamton
Taught playwriting and screenwriting for the Creative Writing Program

1989-1991

Teacher/Artistic Coordinator, New Voices Project , ART THEATRE
Binghamton, New York,
Taught playwriting and acting workshops to interested off-campus community members and moderated the culminating staged readings and critical discussion with the audiences

1990-1991

Artist/Teacher-in-Residence, OTISVILLE FEDERAL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY Otisville, New York,
Taught acting and playwriting to interested inmates on a full-time Thursday through Sunday schedule at the maximum security facility

1982

Acting teacher, WPA THEATER, New York, New York
Taught scene study classes

1971

Adjunct Professor, COLUMBIA COLLEGE, Chicago, Illinois
Taught dramatic literature and acting courses

1967


RELATED EXPERIENCE

Artistic Director/Producer, AMERICAN FOLK THEATRE INC., New York, New York
Directed and/or produced twenty-nine world premieres and revivals; developed new works for staged reading and workshop production, while researching, writing and pursuing grant proposals in the public and private sectors and administering grant awards; initiated and co-implemented four performance centered cultural exchanges involving 113 youth from England, Japan, Scotland and the U.S.

1978-1989

Director, THE ACTORS' STUDIO, New York, New York,
Directed new plays in the Playwrights' Unit

1969-1973

Co-founder/Director, WPA THEATER, New York, New York
Directed the original company in What Do They Know About Love, Uptown? by Jerrold Dukor, one of the first plays in New York to deal with the suppression of homosexuality in a heterosexual society

1968-1970

Artistic Director, HULL HOUSE PARKWAY THEATER, Chicago, Illinois
Directed regional premieres ranging from Requiem for Brother X by William Wellington Mackey to Slow Dance on the Killing Ground by William Hanley

1966-1967

GUEST DIRECTING EXPERIENCE

  • BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY, Binghamton, New York, 1989
  • CIRCLE REPERTORY THEATRE, New York, New York, 1977
  • WPA THEATER, New York, New York, 1976
  • THEATER AT ST. CLEMENTS, New York, New York, 1976
  • The ACTORS' STUDIO, New York, New York, 1969-1973
  • THE DINNER THEATER, London, Ontario, Illinois, 1974
  • LaMAMA E.T.C., New York, New York, 1971

MAJOR WORKS DIRECTED

  • William Shakespeare's Richard II
  • James Baldwin's Blues for Mister Charlie
  • Richard Wright's novel Native Son, dramatized for the stage by Paul Green
  • Elmer Rice's The Adding Machine
  • Loften Mitchell's Star of the Morning, a musical
  • Mort Schuman's Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, a musical revue
  • Murray Schisgal's LUV and Neil Simon's Last of the Red Hot Lovers
  • Ishmael Reed's novel Flight to Canada, adapted for the stage by W.W. Cook

PLAYWRIGHT

DANCE WITH ME, PLEASE? One-act play, staged reading at the Greenwich Street Theatre, NYC, 1995

Representative Performances As Actor

  • Jerry in Zoo Story by Edward Albee
  • Marvin Macy in Carson McCuller's Ballad of a Sad Cafe adapted by Edward Albee
  • English Soldier and other characters in Saint Joan by G.B. Shaw

Professional Memberships (Past and Present), The Dramatists Guild (DG), Actor's Equity Association (AEA), Society of Stage Directors, Choreographers (SSDC), Alliance of Regional Theaters/ New York (ART/NY), Theatre Communications Group (TCG)

Community Service Conceived and coordinated the formation of Manhattan's West Side Arts Coalition, a nonprofit association of artists organized to serve artistic disciplines of a designated geographic community; a forerunner of its type.

Complete dossier, including confidential letters of reference, available from Binghamton University Career Development Center, P.O. Box 6013, Binghamton, NY 13902-6013

REVIEWER'S COMMENTS OF PAST PRODUCTIONS

As a Director: NEW YORK Native Son by Paul Green and Richard Wright " . . . an incendiary work of theater." Mel Gussow, The New York Times; " . . . bright, beautifully staged. . . . a fresh stylistic vision . . . a stirring, dynamic production." Arthur Sainer, Village Voice; Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin, "Dick Gaffield and his American Folk Theatre deserve kudos, encouragement and attendance. I think even James Baldwin would agree. It both made me wish all the more that I'd seen the original and made me know I didn't have to, that the overlapping visions of Baldwin and Dick Gaffield were all I needed to know . . . " Curt Davis, New York Post; East Liberty, PA* by Allan Bates "It's an entertainment . . . a grab bag of Americana with songs, balloons, hot dogs, grape Nehi, and absolutely marvelous moments of scenic magic. Everyone works smoothly under Dick Gaffield's direction. . . . and you get to take home your very own red balloon." The Soho Weekly News; Kid's Games* by Allan Bates, " . . . but the strongest production of the evening is Dick Gaffield's staging of Kid's Games." Michael Feingold, Village Voice; All Runners Come*, by James Childs " . . . is a low-keyed, intimate study of a man disintegrating on the eve of his 40th birthday . . . as the production, so sensitively directed, proceeds, it becomes increasingly apparent that life is being sliced more than skin deep . . . " The New Haven Register; CHICAGO Slow Dance on the Killing Ground* by William Hanley " . . . a forceful and fluid production . . . the performances are exceptionally fine." Dick Christensen, Daily News; My Sweet Charlie* by William Hanley "Is superb theater . . . a must to see." Daily Defender; The Laundromat* by Roger Cornish " . . . is winning theater." Skyline; ONTARIO The Last of the Red Hot Lovers* by Neil Simon "Satisfying without being too filling, flavorful, without being too sharp . . . Gaffield serves it up in appetizing style . . . a red hot comedy success . . . " London Free Press

As a Producer: NEW YORK Birthrites* by Elaine Jackson " . . . evokes the universality of an experience as momentous as it is commonplace. . . an elaborate ensemble piece . . . richly shaded comic portraits . . . " Stephen Holden, The New York Times.

As a Producer/Director: CHICAGO The Escape* by Victor Power "A sensation." Claudia Cassidy, WFMT-FM; "An ingenious ruse, imaginatively staged . . . " Glenna Syse, Chicago Sun Times; "Revealing and poignant . . . " Roger Detmer, Chicago Tribune.

As a Presenter: NEW YORK The Adapters in Autobahn " . . . a Manhattan attic that was once a roller skating rink . . . home of the American Folk Theatre . . . genuinely new, and the start of something big . . . an extraordinary experience. I recommend it most heartily." Clive Barnes, New York Post " . . . a satire on America's nervous love affair with technology . . . the message is the movement . . . ingenious." Walter Goodman, The New York Times

OTHER PRODUCTION EXPERIENCE

Director of Theater

1965

Invitation to a March
by Arthur Laurents
Chicago Stage Guild Chicago

1966

The Dock Brief
by John Mortimer
Northshore One-Act Festival Evanston, IL

1967

Blues for Mister Charlie
by James Baldwin
Hull House Parkway Theater Chicago

"

*The Integrators One-Act
by Norman Mark and
*Requiem for Brother X One-Act by William Wellington Mackey
" "

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My Sweet Charlie
by David Westheimer
" "

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*Open All Night and *The Laundromat One-Acts
by Roger Cornish
" "

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Slow Dance on the Killing Ground by William Hanley " "

1968

*That Old Rock-a-bye One-Act
by Susan Yankowitz
Cooper Square Theater New York

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*What Do They Know About Love, Uptown? by Jerrold Dukor WPA Theatre "

1969

*The Salvation Army Band
by Lee Goldman
" "

"

The Star Spangled Girl
by Neil Simon
The Yarmouth Playhouse Cape Cod

"

Cactus Flower by Abe Burrows " "

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Barefoot in the Park
by Neil Simon
" "

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Room Service by John Murray " "

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Cactus Flower by Abe Burrows The Plymouth Playhouse Plymouth, MA

1970

The End of the World and Other Business by [?] WPA Theatre New York

"

Owl & the Pussycat
by Bill Manhoff
The Yarmouth Playhouse Cape Cod

"

You Know I Can't Hear You When the Water's Running One-Acts
by Robert Anderson
" "

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Luv by Murray Schisgal " "

1971

The Adding Machine
by Elmer Rice
WPA Theatre New York

"

*The Corruptors adapted from her novel, People vs. Baby
by Gertrude Samuels
The Actors' Studio "

1971

*Monkey Man Pick-up and *No Luggage People One-Acts
by William Schlottman
The Cubiculo Theater New York

"

*Thank You Mr. President
Satire by Gertrude Samuels
The Actor's Studio "

1972

The Effects of Trimethylchloride and Rainbows One-Acts
by John Ford Noonan
Lincoln Center Library on a John Golden grant sponsored by the SSD&C "

"

*Family Meeting
by William Wellington Mackey
LaMama ETC 16 week workshop sponsored by the Rockefeller Fdn "

1973

*Kid's Games One-Act
by Allan Bates
WPA Theatre "

1974

Luv by Murray Schisgal London Dinner Theater London, Ont.

"

*The Escape by Victor Power The Happy Medium Theatre Chicago

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The Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon London Dinner Theater London, Ont.

1975

Jacques Brel is Alive and Well and Living in Paris
by Brel, Mort Schuman, etc.
" "

1976

*East Liberty, PA. by Allan Bates WPA Theatre New York

"

*The Book of Lambert
by Leslie Lee
American Theater Experiment at St. Clements Church "

1977

*All Runners Come by James Childs Terry Schrieber Studio Theatre "

"

*Allegra by Allan Bates Circle Rep Directors' Workshop at Westbeth "

1978

Native Son Dramatization by Paul Green and Richard Wright with additional material from the novel and Paul Green American Theater Experiment at Perry Street Theater "

"

*Turkey Rush / OR One-Acts by Felton Perry American Theater Experiment at 78th Street Theater Lab "

1979

*Buy the Bi and Bye by Felton Perry American Folk Theatre at Holy Name Church "

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Blues for Mister Charlie by James Baldwin " "

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Richard II by William Shakespeare " "

1980

*Who Wants to be the Lone Ranger? by Lee Kalcheim " "

1981

Native Son Dramatization by Paul Green and Richard Wright with additional material from the novel and Paul Green " "

1982

*Flight to Canada Stage adaptation by W.W. Cook of the novel by Ishmael Reed American Folk Theatre at Riverside Church New York

1983

*One Big Happy Family by Don Evans American Folk Theatre at the Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art "

1984

*Man One-act
by Laurence Holder
American Folk Theatre at the Judith Anderson Theatre "

1985

*Star of the Morning
Musical book by Loften Mitchell with music and lyrics by Louis B. Mitchell and Romare Bearden
American Folk Theatre at the No Smoking Playhouse "

"

*The Toy Factory by [?] American Folk Theatre at American Folk Theater "

1986

*Surfacing by C. Dumas " "

1989

*Lifelines by Bonnie Bedford State University of New York at Binghamton Binghamton, NY

As a Producer of Theater

1974

*The Escape by Victor Power The Happy Medium Theatre Chicago

1970

Summertree by Ron Cowan The Yarmouth Playhouse Cape Cod

1988

*Anchorman Jazz Operetta
by Paul Carter Harrison
American Folk Theatre at Theater Four New York

Artistic Director of Theater

1980

*Darkness, Fierce Winds
by James Childs
American Folk Theatre at Holy Name Church New York

"

Mulatto by Langston Hughes " "

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*A Long Way Back to Me
by Shirley Peacock
" "

1981

*In de Beginnin'
by Oscar Brown Jr.
" "

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The Drunkard by William H. Smith " "

1982

Benito Cereņo
by Robert Lowell Anderson Adapted for the Company
by John Bakos
American Folk Theatre at Riverside Church "

"

*Cane by Jean Toomer Adapted for the Stage by Irving Lee with music by Grenaldo Frazier " "

1983

*Captain at Crickett
by Clifford Mason and
Anna Christie
by Eugene O'Neill in repertory
American Folk Theatre at Richard Allen Center for Culture and Art "

1983

1st Annual One-Act Festival *The Wig Lady, *Fobidden Copy, *Four O,Clock Ramble and *Ruby and Pearl: A Class Act 4 One-Acts by Leslie Lee, Percy Granger, Marcia Savin, and Laurence Holder, respectively American Folk Theatre at the Samuel Beckett Theatre New York

1984

*Willie by Leslie Lee " "

1985

Tell Pharaoh by Loften Mitchell Benefit Performance for American Folk Theater with Oscar Brown, Jr., Frances Foster and Earle Hyman at Symphony Space "

1985

2nd Annual One Act-Festival 9 previously unproduced One-Acts by writers including Elizabeth Diggs, Casey Kelly and Hanay Geiogamah American Folk Theatre at the Judith Anderson Theatre "

"

*Two in a Room and *Sequestered Two One-Acts
by Lee Hunkins
American Folk Theatre at American Folk Theater "

1986

Staged Reading Marathon 12 unproduced MSS by writers including: Ishmael Reed, Kerry Kennedy, Elaine Jackson, Laurence Holder and others. " "

1987

*Territorial Rights by Kerry Kennedy and *Birth Rites by Elaine Jackson in repertory " "

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Staged Reading Marathon
12 unproduced MSS by writers including: Loften Mitchell, James Childs, Paul Carter Harrison and others.
" "

Nonprofit Arts Administrator

1980

*Cadimus Machine American Folk Theater Children's Theater Workshop at the Church of the Holy Name New York

1981

*Pullin' Myself Together
by Judith Jackson
" "

1982

*Bustin' Out the Box by AFT's Children's Theatre Video Workshop Company American Folk Theater Children's Theater Workshop at the Riverside Church "

1983

*The Fission Mission
by Walter Allen Bennett
American Folk Theater Children's Theater Workshop at the Actor's and Director's Theater on Theatre Row New York

1984

*Talent Expo '84 Original Musical by Gerald Stevenson American Folk Theater Young Company at Bank Street College "

1985

*Tenement Tales
by Arthur Williams and the
AFT Young Company
The Albany Empire London

1986

*Laughing Matters
Improvisational theater by
AFT Young Company under the direction of Jasper McGruder
Edinborough Fringe Festival Edinborough, Scotland

As a Presenter of Theater

1985

Native American Theater Ensemble American Folk Theatre One-Act Festival at the Judith Anderson Theater New York

1986

Basement Group of the Albany Empire of London American Folk Theatre One-Act Festival at the Judith Anderson Theater "

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Native American Theater Ensemble American Folk Theatre at Judith Anderson Theater "

1987

Spiderwoman Theatre American Folk Theatre at the American Folk Theater "

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Scottish Youth Theatre American Folk Theatre at The Cubiculo "

1989

Tomagawa Gakuen of Tokyo American Folk Theatre at Pace University Downtown Theater "

*World or Regional Premieres