ActorRichard Block
ACT, Canberra
Occupation : Managing Director
Catch Me If You Can
Richard arrived on the Canberra theatre scene late in life, somewhere between his 31st and 32nd birthdays. His first show was in Phoenix Players production of Kiss Me Kate in 2006, where he "Fell in love with theatre" and since then he has appeared in dozens of shows ranging from plays to musicals to pantomimes.
In 2010 Richard began his foray into producing shows as the Production Manager for Phoenix Players Disney's double bill - Cinderella and The Aristocats. He found managing two casts of about 50 children set him up to handle adult casts like "no other text book training could ever have". In 2012 he got his first chance direct with How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying as part of the Phoenix Players - Phoenix Rising Program.
In 2013 he performed leading roles in Ickle Pickle's production of Oliver! playing the "suitably sinister" Bill Sikes, as Frank Butler in Queanbeyan Player's Annie Get Your Gun and as understudy for the role of Javert in Canberra Philharmonic Society's Les Miserable.
Richard works full time as a manager in his family's publishing firm and the "understanding and flexibility" this affords him is "invaluable" when working on a show. This working relationship also helped get his other pet project off the ground in 2013 when he launched a resource and information hub for the theatre scene.
In 2014 Richard established Dramatic Productions to co-produce The Rokitelly Man with Ickle Pickle Productions. Then in 2015 Dramatic Productions did it's first independant production - The Last Five Years. Later that year they teamed up with the ANU School of Music to produce Into the Woods. Catch Me If You Can is Dramatic Productions 4th show and the fifth directed by Richard.

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Shows Richard Block has been in

Into The WoodsInto The Woods
Gungahlin College Theatre (ACT)
Show finished on 12 Sep 2015
Dramatic Productions
Roles - Director
High FidelityHigh Fidelity
ANU Arts Centre (ACT)
Show finished on 21 Feb 2015
Phoenix Players
Roles - Production Manager
Sunset BoulevardSunset Boulevard
The Q - Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre (ACT/NSW)
Show finished on 25 Oct 2014
Queanbeyan Performing Arts Centre
Roles - Assistant Director, Production Manager
The Magic FluteThe Magic Flute
Albert Hall (ACT)
Show finished on 5 May 2013
Carl Rafferty Presents
Roles - Production Manager
Les MisrablesLes Miserables
Erindale Theatre (ACT)
Show finished on 16 Mar 2013
Roles - Javert (Understudy), Chorus, Babet
Belconnen Community Theatre (ACT)
Show finished on 25 Jan 2013
Ickle Pickle Productions
Roles - Bill Sikes
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