Richard Cook

Richard Cook has been Artistic Director for Park Square Theatre since 1980. He has overseen the production of over 250 plays and directed nearly 50 productions for Park Square, including works by Shakespeare, Chekhov, Wilde, O’Neill and rarely produced works like The Revenger’s Tragedy and Ghost Sonata.

At Park Square’s current facility, in the Historic Hamm Building in downtown Saint Paul, his directing credits have ranged from Six Characters In Search of an Author and The Women to area premieres of Arcadia, Love! Valor! Compassion!, Red and the world premieres of a new version of Schiller’s Mary Stuart, A Tale of Two Cities, and The Odyssey. In the last fifteen years, he’s shifted the theatre’s programming from “a classic theatre for a classic city” to diverse programming dominated by area, regional and world premieres. In 1995, he initiated Park Square’s Educational Services program which has grown to serve over 35,000 students (grades 6-12) each season.

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