Laura Rikard

Acting, Directing

MFA Acting- University of Virginia
MA Acting - Liverpool Institute for the Performing Arts
BA Theatre - College of Charleston

LAURA RIKARD is an actress, director, stage movement specialist, intimacy choreographer, and performance coach. She is an Assistant Professor of Acting, Directing, and Stage Movement at the University of Miami, Department of Theatre Arts. Previous to UM she was Visiting Professor of Acting and Stage Movement at Brown University Department of Theatre Arts and Performance Studies, following three years as the Head of Acting and Movement and the BFA Coordinator at Stephen F. Austin State University School of Theatre. She is a member of the Association of Movement Theatre Educators (ATME), Association for Theatre in Higher Education (ATHE), The Society of American Fight Directors (SAFD), Voice and Speech Trainers Association (VASTA) and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society (SDC). She is active with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. She has served as the ATME/ATHE Conference Planner and serves on the ATHE Nominations committee. She is a member of Actors' Equity Association and SAG/AFTRA and has been awarded the BEST ACTING AWARD at the Virginia Film Festival.

She is co-founder of the research/consulting group Theatrical Intimacy Education. She has been invited to speak on this work at the ATHE 2016 and 2017 Conferences, Bucknell University, Brown University, the Southeastern Theatre Conference, KCACTF Regional Festivals, Arizona State University, and at the Global Entertainment Law and Business Conference.

Performance credits include appearances at (NYC) LaMAMA ETC, New Perspectives Theatre, Here, Producer's Club, and Carnegie Hall, in addition to touring nationally; (regionally) Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Itinerant Theatre, Florida Studio Theatre, American Shakespeare Center, Hampton Shakespeare Festival, Heritage Theatre Festival, Richmond Shakespeare Festival, LIVE Arts Theatre, Firehouse Theatre, and North Carolina Stage; (England) Battersea Arts Centre and Sennheisner Theatre; (Italy) Teatro dell' Vicolo; and (Denmark) Odin Teatret. Film/TV work includes Lincoln, Julie and Julia, Time Flies, The Fruit Bar and HBO's Veep.  

Directing credits include: Romeo and Juliet, Spring Awakening, Jerry Herman Ring Theatre at the University of Miami; Butterfly Kiss, Rose Bruford Conservatory, London/Sidcup; The Seagull, Brown University; Dead Man's Cell Phone, SFA State University; The Glass Menagerie, Alice In Wonderland and Charlotte's Web, SFA SummerStage Festival; 13: the musical and The Memory of Water, LIVE Arts Theatre; Reparations, The Producer's Club NYC; The Little Matchstick Girl, University of Virginia.  

Intimacy Choreography and/or Stage Movement credits include:  The Red Paint, Carousel, Tall Grass Gothic, The Road Weeps and the Well Runs Dry, Brown University; Refuge, Lady of Aoi, Trojan Barbie, Language of Angels, SFA State University; Dangerous Liaisons, Bucknell University; The Liar, Henley Street Theatre; The Ritual, The Cherry Orchard, New Perspectives Theatre

In her work as a performance coach her students have won the ESU National Shakespeare Competition at the Lincoln Center, and placed in the KCACTF Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Program. She received her MA from the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (where she performed with Sir Paul McCartney) and an MFA in Acting from the University of Virginia.