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Richard Ballon
PO Box 1017
Amherst MA 01004
413 362 4994
richardb@admin.umass.edu

Theater Resume

Education
MFA Playwriting/Screenwriting Lesley University, Cambridge MA
BA in the University Without Walls Program, Comparative Mythology and Theater, University of Massachusetts at Amherst

2019

Plays and Monologues
Family: True Stories, Harvard MA Cultural Collaborative
Monologue: Mama and the Baby Jesus
Development
Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Three week intensive with screenwiter James Lecesne

2018

Plays and Monologues
The Fine Art of Storytelling, Image Theater, Lowell Mass (2018)
Monologue: Light on Nob Hill
Coming of Age, True stories of Love, Loss and Learning Harvard Cultural Center, Harvard, MA (2018)
Monologue: His Name was Doug
Ghost Light Theater Staged Readings, Gateway City Arts, Holyoke Mass (2018)
Full length play: The Examiner
Roger T. Sermon Center Stage by City Theatre of Independence, Missouri (2018)
Short play: Glissade
Arthur Kinney Center for Renaissance Studies, University of Massachusetts (2018)
Presentation: The Origins of the Chorus and its use in the Theater
Film
A Home for Curiosities by Ben Tobin (2018)
Actor: Basil Horny
A Week in Paradise by Gabriel Bernini’s (2018)
Actor: Store Clerk
Publication
Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol. 1I Qommunicate Media (2018)
Plays: Adios and Seeing Eye to Eye
Hashtag Queer: Queer Around the World Qommunicate Media (2018)
Memoir: First Night in Bangkok

2017

Plays and Monologues
Chautauqua: Celebration of Trees, Laurel Park Northampton (2017)
Short Story: Oak
Shad Radio Hour, Shelburne Falls Mass (2017)
Monologue: Cassandra’s Choice
Home Grown Festival, Greenfield Community College Greenfield Mass (2017)
Full-Length Play: Countdown
Missed Connections, One-Act Festival, River City Stages, NYC (2017)
Short Play: The Accident
One-Act Festival, Curtain Theater, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2017)
Full-Length Play: Countdown
Naughty Readings, Image Theater, Lowell Mass (2017)
Short Play: What Friends Are For
Ghost Light Theater Staged Readings, Gateway City Arts, Holyoke Mass (2017)
Full-Length Play: All Souls
Development
Kennedy Center Intensive in Playwriting, Kennedy Center Washington DC (2017)
Accepted as a returning alum guest artist for a four day intensive in playwriting.
Compassionate Creativity with Kali Quinn, KO Festival, Amherst MA (2017)
Week long intensive uniting compassion to your creativity.
Film
Amherst Cinema Summer Promotional Membership Commercial (2017)
Actor: Patron
Distant Comfort by Gabriel Ross-Reich (2017)
Actor: Father
Publication
Hashtag Queer: LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Vol. 1 Qommunicate Media (2017)
Memoir: His Name was Doug
Queer Families LGBTQ+ Creative Anthology, Qommunicate Media (2017)
Memoir: What We Imagine and What Will Follow

2016

Plays and Monologues
Off the Book Festival HUGE Improv Theater Minneapolis (2016)
Short Play: Meet u @Stavros @2
Loading Dock Gallery Juried Show on Alienation, Lowell Mass (2016)
Monologues: Cassandra’s Choice, Pelican Girls
Development
TV Writers Symposium, Woods Hole MA (2016)
Weekend workshop with P.K.Simonds.
Double Edge Theater Intensive, Ashfield, MA (2016)

Weekend intensive in physical training with music, large object work.
National Playwright’s Symposium, Cape May NJ (2016) 

Accepted for intensive five day workshop in May with Christopher Durang, Steven Dietz, Joshua Harman and Mark St. Germain
Kennedy Center Intensive in Playwriting, Kennedy Center Washington DC (2016)
Accepted as a returning alum guest artist for a four day intensive in playwriting.
Crafting Your Story for Performance with Gerard Stropnicky, KO Festival, MA (2016)
Week long intensive in techniques of storytelling and memoir as spoken word.
Pilobolus Dance Theater Summer Workshop, Bethlehem, CT (2016)
Week long intensive in dance creation and improvisation.
Film
Amherst Cinema Promotional Commercial (2016)
Actor: Patron
Lily of the Valley by Ben Farber (2016)
Actor: Husband
Harbored Gardens by Dominic Poropat (2016)
Actor: Frank

2015

Plays and Monologues
Urban Stories of Power, Calgary, Alberta
Short Play: The Accident
Boston Theater Marathon, Boston, MA
Short Play: Orphans
Development
Ghost River Theater Intensive in Devised Theater, Calgary Alberta
Three week intensive for theater professionals in Devised Theater
Atlantic Center for the Arts Residency, New Smyrna Beach, FL
Three week intensive with playwright Dael Orlander-Smith
Film
Edward Bunton by Nikko Koetsch
Actor: Edward Bunton

2014

Plays and Monologues:
Actor’s Theater of Charlotte, Charlotte NC
Full length play: The Examiner was a semi-finalist
MFA Workshop, Kennedy Center, Washington DC
Full length play: All Souls was nominated by Lesley University and was a semi-finalist for the workshop.
Lesley University’s Graduate Student Readings, Cambridge MA
Short Play: Adios
Small Fish Radio and Theater, Chicago
Monologue: How We Began.
Massachusetts Poetry Festival, Salem MA
Reader for Soul Lit Magazine of published work.
Apron Strings Project, Riverside NY
Monologue: That Apron
Solo/ An evening of Monologues Owl tree Theater, Raleigh, NC
Monologues: Trailer Talk, Pelican Girls
Marathon, One Minute Sprints. Boston. MA
Monologue: Blind Date
Boston Theatre Marathon, Boston MA
Short Play: The Accident
First Break Festival, Manchester England
Monologue: Thumbprint
Bolder Life Festival
Monologue: How Leaving Came to Me
Suburban Holidays III Reading, MA
Short Play: Midnight Clear
Film:
Beyond Hello, a feature film by Juno Orion
Actor: The Father. Filming in April and May
Development:
Lesley University MFA Program in Playwriting/Screenwriting
I completed my studies in January 2014. I have studied with Kate Snodgrass, Ronan Noone, Barry Brodsky and Jami Brandli
National Playwright’s Symposium, Cape May NJ
Accepted for intensive five day workshop in May with Israel Horovitz, Amy Herzog, Terrence McNally, Ken Ludwig. My short play Adios will be presented.

2013

Plays and Monologues:
One Woman Standing Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC
Monologues: Bulgakov, The Last Blow
Syllable Series, La Paloma Café, Hartford Connecticut
Monologues: Petrushka and Bulgakov
Red Bull Theater at Playwrights Horizon NYC
Finalist Position for The Hidden Word in My Vocabulary out of 300 plays submitted.
Lesley University’s Creative Readings Sherrill Library, Cambridge MA
Monologues: Desert Storm, Cassandra’s Choice, Wedding March
3rd Annual Fresh Fruit Festival’s Short Play Contest, Noyerican Café NYC
Short Play: Benefit won audience favorite will continue in Main Festival
All For One Headliner, Under St. Mark’s NYC
Monologues: That First Winter and Vampiro
Piney Fork Press Theater Festival NYPL Riverside, NYC
Monologues: Bulgakov, Cassandra’s Choice
Thespians Production’s Theater Madness, NYC
Short Plays: The Black Book, A Fly in The Ointment
Asphalt Shorts, Kitchener Ontario
Monologue: That Bench Over there
Lesley University New Play Reading Series, Cambridge, MA
One Act: Countdown
Fresh Fruit Festival, NYC
Short Play: Benefit
Secret Theater’s One Act:Act One Festival, Long Island City, NY
Short Play: Benefit
Small Fish Radio and Theater, Chicago
Monologue: Beneath the Window
Film:
Popcorn Noir Festival of Short Films
Short Films: Dear Edward, We Who Will Ascend
Publication:
Estrogenius 2011 Collection of Plays
Monologue: Pelican Girls
Specter Magazine
Monologue: How We Began
Two Countries Anthology
Editor: Tina Schumann
Short Story and Monologue: Father out of my Life, Mama and the Baby Jesus
BioStory
Memoir: Sky
Soul-Lit Magazine
Poems: The Lie of Scarcity, Grasping God, Last Will. Dance with me
Veils, Halos and Shackles: International Poetry on the Abuse and Oppression of Women
Poem: The Commandment
Development:
National Playwright’s Symposium, Cape May NJ
Accepted for intensive five day workshop with Lee Blessing, Stephen Adley Guirgus,
William Mastrosimone, John Pielmeier

2012

Plays and Monologues:
Universal Theater Winter Festival, Provincetown Mass
Monologue: Cassandra’s Choice
Live a Little One Act Series, Palace Theater Seguin TX
Short Play: Circus Boy
Left Out Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC
Short Play: Things that Go Bump
Pride Week Play Easthampton Massachusetts High School
Short Play: As It Appears: A Play about Bullying
Memories of my Mother Festival, Miami Botanical Gardens
Monologue: Mama and the Baby Jesus
For Better or Worse Festival. Fresh Water Theatre, Minneapolis
Monologue: Pelican Girls
Women at Work Festival Stage Left Studio Theater, New York City
Monologue: Forsythia
Augusta Savage Gallery University of Massachusetts at Amherst
Evening of my Monologues: Enough of a little
Film:
Spooners, A Film by Bryan Horch
Actor and Casting: Role of Jeff. Spooners played in festivals across the USA as well as in Barcelona and Cardiff. It has won ten audience favorite awards.
In Dreams: a movie by Jeremy Musher
Actor: Silas’ father
Publication:
Toska Magazine Summer Edition
Published Memoir: Green Land of Light and Shadow
Impact: An Anthology of Short Memoirs Edited by Coco Harris
Published Memoir: That Green Land of Light and Shadow
Specter Magazine: Online Magazine
Monologue: How We Began
Hyacinth Noir: Magazine
Poems: succubi, Odin’s Wood and The Craft

2011

Plays and Monologues:
Alumnae Theater’s New Ideas Festival, Toronto, Ontario
Short Play: The Hidden Word in My Vocabulary
Walking the Wire Festival OMG, Riverside Theater, Iowa City
Monologue: How We Began
Left Out Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater, NYC
Short Plays: Overdue, Wintergreen and Smoke, Syphilis?
One Man Talking Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC
Monologues: The Support Group, Table Setting, Wedding March
One Woman Standing Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC
Monologues: How Leaving Came To Me, O Christmas Tree
Asphalt Shorts, Kitchener Ontario
Monologues: Swananoa, The Last Words
Black Box Series University of Hawaii
Monologue: That Bench, Over there
EAdventures
Monologues and short plays presented to a conference at the Campus Center at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
Sola Voces, Estrogenius Festival, Manhattan Theater Source, NYC
Monologue: The Pelican Girls
Film:
Cineslam GLBT Festival, Guildford, Vermont
Short film: The Pure Dark
Publication:
Caterpillar Chronicles
Short Story: Drunk with Myself
The Good Ear Review Magazine
Monologue: Griselda
Owen Gallery M.O.M.A. Machynlleth Wales
2 Poems at the “feeling alive” – Reflections in Verse on an Open Exhibition .
Development:
Kennedy Center Intensive in Playwriting, Washington DC
Accepted as an alum guest artist for a weekend intensive in playwriting.
Rand Theater, University of Massachusetts at Amherst November
Actor: Performed the role of Percy in Marcus Gardley’s play, Hell in High Water.

2010

Plays and Monologues:
I am the Shea Festival, Shea Theater Turners Falls, Massachusetts January
Monologues: Paddy McClintlock, Trickledown, Doubletake, Ricky Boy
Monologues that Go Bump, Coffeeblack Productions Brooklyn NY March
Monologue: Thumbprint
Left Out Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC April
Monologue: How We Began
One Man Standing Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC May
Monologues: Swananoa, Cellfish
Asphalt Shorts, Kitchener Ontario July
Monologues: The Perfect Match, Desert Storm
ArtHotel. Montreal Quebec September
Monologues: Desert Storm, Zephyr, Forsythia
MaMaDrama Stage Left Studio Theater NYC November
Short Play: The Circus Boy
Monologue: Griselda
Women at Work Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC
Short Play: Benefit
Monologue: Ricky Boy
Film:
Noisy Town Pictures, White River Junction VT
Short film: Dear Edward, based on a monologue by Richard Ballon Screenplay by Matt Bucy and Richard Ballon noisytownpictures.com
Marvin/Ballon Productions, Amherst MA
Short Films:
Circus Boy based on a short play by Richard Ballon
Screenplay by Peter Marvin and Richard Ballon
This was supported in part by the Massachusetts Arts Council
The Pure Dark based on a monologue by Richard Ballon
Screenplay by Peter Marvin and Richard Ballon
This was supported in part by the Massachusetts Arts Council
Pride of the Ocean Film Festival, Bermuda
Short Film: Dear Edward
Cineslam GLBT Festival, Guildford Vermont
Short Film:Dear Edward
Vermont Bear Festival, Guilford Vermont
Short Film: Dear Edward
2010 Saginaw Film Festival, Saginaw Michigan
Short Film: Dear Edward
Blue November Film Festival, Seattle Washington
Short Film: The Pure Dark
Publication:
ultra Short Memoir
Short Story: Father out of my life
Development:
Kennedy Center Intensive in Playwriting, Washington DC
I was accepted as a guest artist to the Kennedy Center to participate in the ten day intensive where I had classes and seminars with Gary Garrison, Mark Bly, Kathy Nordgren, David Ives, Marsha Norman, Judith Jensen, Heather McDonald and representatives from the theater industry. Parting of their Hair was read at the conference.

2009

Plays and Monologues:
Universal Theater Winter Festival, Provincetown Mass
Monologue: Paddy McClintlock
Left Out Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC
Monologues: Thumbprint, Doubletake
One Man Standing Festival, Emerging Artist Theater at TADA, NYC May
Monologues: Pillow Talk, Last Words
Out of the Blue Gallery, Cambridge Mass
Enough of a little, to know the all an evening of monologues
Caffeine Theater’s Dylan Thomas Festival, Chicago IL
Monologue: How we Began
Women at Work Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater NYC
Monologues: Kanga, Slaves
Film:
Cineslam, Vermont GLBT Short Film Festival
Short Film: Benefit of the Sponsor, a short video written and Directed by Richard Ballon Screenplay by Peter Marvin and Richard Ballon
This was supported in part by the Massachusetts Arts Council
Spokane Washington’s GLBT film Festival
Short Film: Benefit of the Sponsor, a short video written and Directed by Richard Ballon Screenplay by Peter Marvin and Richard Ballon

2006-2008

Plays and Monologues:
Sola Voces, Estrogenius Festival, Manhattan Theater Source
Monologues: Cluster, Trickledown
Inspirato Festival, Toronto Ontario
Short Play: Things that Go Bump
Pride Week Play Easthampton Massachusetts High School
Short Play: As It Appears: A Play About Bullying
Phineas Newton Memorial Library, Royalston MA
When the Dead Talk Back, an evening of monologues
This was supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.
Women at Work Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater, NYC
Monologues: Spirited, The Last Blow
Evening of New Work, Shea Theater Turners Falls, Massachusetts
Short Plays: Benefit of the Sponsor, Syphilis?
Monologues: Paddy McClintlock, Ricky Boy, Spirited
Women at Work Festival, Stage Left Studio Theater, NYC
Monologues: Ricky Boy, Paddy McClintlock
Wendell Public Library Wendell, Mass
When the Dead Talk Back, an evening of monologues.
This was supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council
Slam Boston, Devanaughan Theater in Boston
Short Play: Ifs and or Butts
Jones Library, Amherst Mass
Short Plays: Tidbit: just enough to chew on
Sola Voces, Estrogenius Festival, Manhattan Theater Source
Monologue That First Winter
Walking the Wire Festival, Riverside Theater Iowa City
Monologue: Paddy McClintlock
Publication:
Enough of a little, to know the all
Publication of a collection of poems, short plays and monologues by Leveller’s Press. Book launch reading at Food For Thought Books. The collection is available through Amazon.com
Estrogenius 2008
Monologues: Cluster, Trickledown

Other Work:

Two full lengths: One Good Look (1986) and In The Name Of God (1990), were funded by the UMASS Arts Council, Southwest Residential Arts and the Cultural Enrichment Fund of the University of Massachusetts, and played to sold out houses at the Hampden Theater. A third play, The Hidden Word In My Vocabulary, was part of a Poetry in Motion Festival sponsored by the Evergreen Theater of Hadley, Mass. (1992)

Zephyr (1994-2000) is a six-part mini-series, which I wrote and directed for Amherst Community Television, Amherst Massachusetts. This six-year project won five placements in Access Television Contests. Three episodes have been placed in finalist positions; two have won first prize. Besides private donations and in-kind services, Zephyr received several grants from The Amherst Arts Council and the Pelham Arts Council.

Benefit, a one-act play, was accepted to the 2002 Last Frontier Theater Conference in Alaska. Benefit was part of Short Stories 5 an equity showcase produced by Native Aliens at the Flatiron Playhouse in New York City in 2003.

As It Appears was commissioned for the gay/straight alliance of Easthampton High School. It was performed in May 2004, 2008 and 2012 by Easthampton High School students, with over half the student body (500 students) enjoying its performance. Twin Limb of the Same Family Tree (also commissioned) was performed in May 2005 and was funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Richard Ballon has had poetry and short stories published in: Social Anarchism, St. Anthony Messenger, Changing Men, Onionhead, Fellowship in Prayer, Fag Rag, Visions International, The Haight Ashbury Review, Poetpourri, Zuzu’s Petals, The Lilliput Review, to name a few. Richard is a member of the Dramatist’s Guild.