Richard Scharine is a Professor Emeritus in Theatre and an Adjunct Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Utah where he has taught since 1978. He served the Theatre Department as Director of Graduate Studies from 1982 to 1991, headed the B.A. program from 1995 to 2005, co-founded the London Study Abroad Program, and was Interim Chair in 2004-2005. Specializing in theatre history, he continues to teach Black American Theatre and American Political Theatre, two courses he created.
The author of The Plays of Edward Bond and From Class to Caste in American Drama, as well as many articles on American and English political theatre and Black American theatre, Dr. Scharine is a former Fulbright Senior Lecturer at the University of Gdansk in Poland. His honors include the University Professorship, University of Utah Diversity Award, College of Fine Arts Faculty Excellence Award, and Outstanding Educator of America.
Dr. Scharine has directed over 90 plays (including fourteen for People Productions, Utah’s first African-American theatre company, which he co-founded in 2000), and has acted in ten states and seven foreign countries. It was for People Productions that he directed the Intermountain premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize winner Ruined in August 2011. Recent onstage performances include Wallace Stegner in the premiere of Plan-B Theatre’s Wallace by Debora Threedy and Jennifer Nii (March 2010), and Giles Corey in the Grand Theatre’sThe Crucible (March 2012).
Richard Scharine received a B.S. from Wisconsin State University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Kansas. Before coming to Utah, he taught nine years at colleges in Iowa and Minnesota and was director of the Allen County Arts Council in Kansas.