I am very lucky to be an actor and a director who has been asked to work at the Folger Theatre.
I was about six years old when I did my first play, which was a Christmas story, and I decided that I wanted to be an actor. But here I am as an actor and a director.
You see what an actor does, because they are there on the stage or on television or in a film playing a role, but the director you don't see, as they work helping the actors behind the scenes.
Directors help gather together the actors, the scenery, and the music and lights to make what you see on stage fun. It takes four weeks or more of practicing lines and moves to put together what you will see that may only last two hours on stage. Plays are fun, and you can learn something too when you are having fun.
In 2003, I directed a play at the Folger Theatre called Elizabeth the Queen , which is a play about Elizabeth the First of England. She lived over 400 years ago when Shakespeare was alive and writing his plays. So the play is about history and what happened 400 years ago in England. That may seem a long time ago, but it affected what happened in the future and what happens now. Everybody dressed in clothes like those they would be wearing all those years ago. It took them a long time to get dressed in the morning, as they didn't just put on pants, a tee and sneakers!
I am very lucky to have a job that I love and that I can share with others.
Above, Michael Learned as Elizabeth I and Martin Kildare as the Earl of Essex in Elizabeth the Queen .
What do you think is happening in this scene?
Try writing some dialogue for Elizabeth and Essex.
Richard Clifford is a British actor and director. Among his Folger Theatre credits is the record-breaking production of Maxwell Anderson's Elizabeth the Queen. Other productions for the Folger include School for Scandal, The Game of Love and Chance, The Clandestine Marriage, All's Well That Ends Well, and She Stoops to Conquer.
"You see what an actor does, because they are there on the stage or on television or in a film playing a role, but the director you don't see, as they work helping the actors behind the scenes."
See more of Richard Clifford's Folger Theatre productions