Richard Monette Biography (1944-)

Full name, Richard Jean Monette; born June 19, 1944, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada; son of Maurice and Florence M. (Tondino) Monette. Avocational interests: Travel, gardening, cooking. Career: Director, actor, and producer. Stratford Festival of Canada, Stratford, Ontario, member of company, beginning in 1973, associate director, 1988-90, artistic director, 1994-. Citadel Theatre Young Company, artistic director, 1989; appeared with Theatre Toronto, Welsh National Theatre, and Regent's Park Theatre, London. University ofToronto, guest speaker, 1994-96. Awards, Honors: Inter-Varsity Drama Festival Awards, best actor, 1962 and 1963; Tyrone Guthrie Award, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1967; Canada Council grants, 1968, 1977, and 1981; Queen'sSilver Jubilee Medal, 1977; Derek F. Mitchell Artistic Director's Award, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1984; Dora Mavor Moore Award, outstanding direction, 1991, for St. Joan; honorary D.Hum., University of Windsor, 1995. Addresses: Office: Stratford Festival of Canada, P.O. Box 520, Stratford, Ontario, Canada N5A 6V2.

Nationality
Canadian
Gender
Male
Occupation
Director, actor, producer
Birth Details
June 19, 1944
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Stage Director
  • Come and Go, Stratford Festival of Canada, Stratford, Ontario, 1978
  • Blake, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1983
  • The Taming of the Shrew, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1988
  • The Relapse, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1989
  • The Comedy of Errors, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1989
  • As You Like It, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1990
  • Julius Caesar, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1990
  • Much Ado about Nothing, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1991
  • The School for Wives, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1991
  • St. Joan, Theatre Plus, 1991
  • Romeo and Juliet, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1992
  • Shirley Valentine, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1992
  • Antony and Cleopatra, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1993
  • Twelfth Night, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1994
  • Hamlet, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1994
  • (With Antoni Cimolino) The Merry Wives of Windsor, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1995
  • Amadeus, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1995
  • A Fitting Confusion, Stratford Festival of Canada, and Citadel Theatre, 1996
  • Amadeus, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1996
  • The Little Foxes, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1996
  • King Lear, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1996
  • Camelot, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1997
  • Much Ado about Nothing, Stratford Festival of Canada, then City Centre Theatre, New York City, 1998
  • The Miser, Stratford Festival of Canada, then City Centre Theatre,1998
  • Director of Blake and Diary of a Madman, both at Glenn Gould Studio; Count Dracula and Stevie, both at Young People's Theatre; Fidelio, for Canadian Opera Company; Hosanna, at TarragonTheatre; and Julius Caesar, at Citadel Young Company.
  • Stage Producer
  • Stevie, Toronto, Ontario, 1980
  • Blake, New Brunswick, 1983
  • Hosanna, Toronto, 1987
  • Stage Appearances
  • Hamlet, Crest Theatre, Toronto, 1964
  • Henry IV, Part I, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1965
  • Dardanius, Julius Caesar, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1965
  • Understudy, The Cherry Orchard, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1965
  • Montjoy, Henry V, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1966
  • Henry VI, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1966
  • Sebastian, Twelfth Night, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1966
  • Title role, Hosanna, Bijou Theatre, New York City, 1974, then in Toronto, 1977
  • Captain Jack Absolute, The Rivals, Stage One/Roundabout Theatre, New York City, 1974-75
  • Measure for Measure, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1975
  • Hamlet, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1976
  • Measure for Measure, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1976
  • Saint Joan, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Philadelphia, PA, 1977-78
  • Berowne, Love's Labour's Lost, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1979-80
  • Henry IV, Part I, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1979-80
  • Domenico Soriano, Filumena, Stratford Festival of Canada, 1997
  • Appeared in a London production of Oh! Calcutta!
  • Film Appearances
  • Big Zapper (also known as The Life of a Female Private Eye), Video City Productions/Distribution, 1973
  • Bruce La Rousse, Find the Lady (also known as Call the Cops! and Kopek and Broom), 1976
  • Nothing Personal, AIP/Filmways, 1980
  • Hogan, Iceman, Universal, 1984
  • Narrator, The Birth of Language, 1986
  • Doctor, Dancing in the Dark, New World Pictures, 1986
  • Robert Bley, Higher Education, Palisades Entertainment, 1987
  • Father Cooper, Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (also known as TheHaunting of Hamilton High), Samuel Goldwyn, 1987
  • Clive, the critic, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing, Miramax, 1987
  • Television Appearances
  • Movies
  • Assistant District Attorney Joe Grant, The High Price of Passion,NBC, 1986
  • Murder by Night (also known as Memory Lane), USA Network, 1989
  • The Good Fight, Lifetime, 1992
  • Dr. Lloyd, And Then There Was One, Lifetime, 1994
  • Eric Shockley, Kurt Vonnegut's Harrison Bergeron (also known as Harrison Bergeron), Showtime, 1995
  • Sal, Mary Higgins Clark's While My Pretty One Sleeps (also known as While My Pretty One Sleeps), The Family Channel, 1997
  • Episodic
  • Ed Jordan, "Suspect," The Littlest Hobo, syndicated, 1981
  • Ambassador Kendall, "Rich Kid," Adderly, CBS, 1986
  • Brian, "Deathmate," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, USA Network, 1987
  • "Good Hands," Diamonds, CBS, 1987
  • "Life Is a Lot like Hockey," Diamonds, CBS, 1988
  • Dr. Wilson, "Father and Son Game," The Twilight Zone, syndicated,1988
  • Pilots
  • Patrick Henley, Popeye Doyle, NBC, 1986
  • Television Director
  • Specials
  • The Comedy of Errors, 1989
  • Romeo and Juliet, 1993

Further Reference

OTHER SOURCES

    Periodicals:
    • Chatelaine, June 1994, p. 36.
    • Maclean's, June 16, 1997, p. 60.
    • Variety, July 14, 1997, p. 47.
    • Vital Speeches, April 15, 1998, p. 411.*

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