Richard S. Bailey has worked as an author, producer, director, designer, actor, and consultant in theatre, film, television, and radio. He is the recipient of the LA Weekly Award as a Director, Hollywood DramaLogue Awards for Producing, Directing, and Design, as well as European Press awards as an actor.
He majored in theatre and minored in film at San Francisco State College during the wild and tumultuous ‘60’s. At that time he was an on air sports reporter in local radio, produced talk radio, worked as a film editor in local television, and began working as a professional actor.
In 1977, when Nobel Prize laureate Samuel Beckett directed his play “Krapp’s Last Tape” at the West Berlin Academy of Art, he asked for Bailey to be invited work with him. At that time Beckett asked Bailey to wait until he was 69 and then perform the role of Krapp in what termed he wanted to be “the final word” on the play. Bailey couldn’t wait, when he turned 60, he performed “Shuffle, Shuffle, Step: Three Short Plays by Samuel Beckett” to rave reviews in the Los Angeles Times, Daily Variety, and Backstage West.
He is the former Producing Director of the San Quentin Drama Workshop, with whom he toured throughout the United States and Europe; Associate Director of the Los Angeles Theatre Center and Los Angeles Actors' Theatre, and Executive Director/News Director of the Deaf Broadcast Network. He is the Artistic Director of Theatre Zed and ZedArts.
His publications are available on Amazon.com and include the plays “Tiresias Lies: The Insidious Plot of the Men with No Left Shoe”, a comic reinvestigation of the political implications in the Greek classic “Antigone”; "Deus Ex Machina and The Hands of the Beholder", a farcical science fiction retelling of the story of Abraham and Isaac; the short plays “Window Pieces: A Collection of Reflections, Distortions and Points of View”; two collections of story theatre for children, “Famous Victorian Fairy Tales” and “Victorian Tales of Elves and Fairies”; “The Bailey Family Story Books, Volumes 1-5”, an extensive collection of fairy tales as published in the Victorian era; a replication of the first publication of Arthur Symonds translation of Charles Baudelaire’s “Poems in Prose,” and his quantum comic novel "Off On A Tangent,” a multi-dimensional, sci-fi adventure.