Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson

Speaker
Co-Artistic Director – WACO Theater Center

Richard Lawson has had a long and distinguished career as an actor and master teacher that spans six decades. His first professional job was in the national company of the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Charles Gordone, NO PLACE TO BE SOMEBODY. Some of the more notable performances in the following years include Drama Critics Awards for his work in MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM at the Los Angeles Theater Center (LATC) and STREAMERS directed by Milton Katselas at the Westwood Playhouse. Other memorable experiences included productions of FOOL FOR LOVE at LATC, CHECKMATES at the Westwood Playhouse, and THE EXONERATED at the Actors Gang Theater in Los Angeles. Some of his selected films include Steven Spielberg’s POLTERGEIST, Walter Hill’s STREETS OF FIRE, WAG THE DOG starring Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK starring Whoopi Goldberg and Angela Bassett, GUESS WHO starring Bernie Mac and Ashton Kutcher, and FOR COLORED GIRLS directed by Tyler Perry. He also starred in two movies, THE ROYAL FEAST and THE ROYAL FAMILY CHRISTMAS. He co-starred in the hit series SAINTS AND SINNERS, BEING MARY JANE, REAL HUSBANDS OF HOLLYWOOD, and HBO’s ANGRY BOYS, starring Chris Lilley. He was also a series regular on THE DAYS AND NIGHTS OF MOLLY DODD, DYNASTY, and CHICAGO STORY. He is fondly remembered as Lucas Barnes on ALL MY CHILDREN. As an acting and teaching protégé of the late great Milton Katselas, one the most respected acting teachers in the world, Richard honed his skills and sharpened his abilities. Recognizing a hole in the teaching model, he went on to create one of the most cutting-edge schools – the Richard Lawson Studios (RLS). On the surface, it is an acting school. Underneath the hood, it is an empowerment academy. The RLS uses motivational and cutting-edge computer technology to impart Richard’s 48 years as a successful actor, teacher, public speaker, and drug counselor for the NBA to empower artists and professionals to achieve their dreams. Richard is the co-founder and co-artistic director of WACO Theater Center, alongside his wife, the notable Tina Knowles Lawson. The center birthed the star studded Wearable Art Gala and a bubbling youth mentorship program, called Tina’s Angels & Richard’s Warriors. Richard Lawson is represented by AMT Artists and Alta Global Media.

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