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Richard Pluim

Published October 27, 2022

Visiting Assistant Professor, Performance
School of Theatre


TLA 105A

Richard H. Pluim is a director, actor, and voice teacher serving as Visiting Assistant Professor in the Theatre Department. His performance work has been seen internationally across the performance art, theatre, and film communities.From 2016-2022 he served on the board of The Southern California Shakespeare Festival Guild, a Los Angeles-based theatre company whose mission was to bring inclusive, professional Shakespeare performances to communities throughout southern California. In 2019 he was commissioned by Debbie Allen Dance Academy and The Carr Center to direct the musical theatre Summer Intensive in Detroit.

Richard is proud to have had his film work screened at such venues as The Golden State Film Festival, Oaxacas Film Festival, Druk International Film Festival, Lonely Wolf Film Festival (London), NYCITFF, The Portland Film Festival, among others.

While in Los Angeles, Richard was a founding member of Fast Track Comedy, who blended sketch comedy and multi-media, and was a member of The Speakeasy Society during the company’s early developmental period.

When not teaching or working creatively, Richard enjoys meditating. He has studied Nisargadatta Maharaj, Laozi, Shunryu Suzuki, Chögyam Trungpa, and lived as a monk at Tassajara Zen Monastery in 2016.


MFA Acting, California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

TEFL 60-hour certification from Bridge Education Group

BA Theatre Arts, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Teaching Areas

Performance: voice, speech, Shakespeare

Select Works/Awards

The Nether, director, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

King Lear 2021 SCSF, Edgar, director of photography

The Tempest 2021SCSF Guild, Ferdinand/Trinculo/Gonzalo

The Plaintiff and the Judge 2021  (12th Night adaptation) SCSF Guild, Malvolio, adapted by

Queen of the Angels, supporting, Pasadena Film Festival

Scourged 2021, director, commissioned by SCSF Guild

Tom’s Bench 2020, director. Winner ‘Best quarantine Short,’ Astoria Film Festival, Portland Film Festival

Open House 2019, supporting, Winner ‘Audience Choice Award’ Druk International Film Festival, Oaxacas Film Festival

Noises Off 2016, Frederick, Cabrillo Stage

Julius Caesar 2015, Marc Antony, SCSF

The Least Important Things, 2014 Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)