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Richard Shannon is a playwright, dramaturge and director, working mainly in theatre and radio.

He is currently adapting a Burmese novel for the stage and writing a new play about contemporary Iran. His credits as a writer also include:  The Lady of Burma (The story of Aung San Suu Kyi).The play premiered at the Old Vic in London and went on to the Edinburgh Festival 2007, ran in London at the Riverside Studios and toured nationally. The play is published by Oberon Modern Plays and has been performed in Poland, Bangalore and Norway. It will open in Mumbai in September 2010.

Richard was Associate Director (New Work) at Polka Theatre for ten years.

His productions at Polka include: Shouting, Stamping, Singing Home by Lisa Evans.

In 2008, Richard directed a workshop production of Monster Under the Bed by Kevin Dyer at the New Visions/New Voices festival -  the Kennedy Center, Washington.

Richard has also directed for the Redgrave Theatre, the BAC, The Cockpit, The Young Vic, Commonstock Theatre company and a showcase of new work at the Cottesloe (Royal National Theatre).

Richard was Co-director of Independent Radio Drama Productions, based at LBC Radio. He has directed work by Simon Beaufoy and Martin McDonagh and a number of classic serials for National Public Radio (USA) including The Hound of the Baskervilles starring Edward Petherbridge. In 2005, he directed Chuckwudubelu – Preserved of God by Justin Butcher, starring Ben Okafor for BBC Radio 4.

Richard’s has also worked as lecturer in the Drama Department at Goldsmiths’ College, University of London and was a Senior Lecturer at London Southbank University, teaching sound design.