Richard was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri where he spent much of his early life with his wonderful family. Though music and dance had always been a part of his family, he never truly embraced it till the age of 17. His interest in dance was sparked when watching some fellow students perform a time step in choir one day and thought, "Maybe I could do that too...". Shortly after that, he had his first dance class at the Kari James Dance Network and his life was changed from that point on and he was set on the path that he is on now.
Following his new found love of dance and performing, he went to Oklahoma City University's Ann Lacy School of Dance and Arts Management and received a Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. After graduating, he found another passion in teaching while at the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma's Thelma Gaylord Academy. While on spring break from teaching at the academy, Richard decided to visit friends in New York and got the chance to audition for an International tour of 42nd Street, again his life would change when got a job through his first New York audition.
After touring China and South Korea, Richard took yet another leap by moving to New York and took his equity card doing a production of 42nd Street at North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Massachusetts that same year. After spending part of that next year honing audition skills and getting used to the city, he was able to return home and perform for the first time at the Municipal Theatre of St. Louis where he was a featured performer in their productions of 42nd Street (gotta love that show!), Music Man, and Hairspray (Duane). Shortly after that summer, he made his Broadway Debut in the ensemble of Irving Berlin's White Christmas!
Since making his debut, Richard has been blessed with a wide variety of opportunities such as sharing the stage with such greats as Maurice Hines, Beth Leavel, Leslie Uggams, Lee Meriwether, Orson Bean, and David Ogden Stiers. He as also had the honor of performing across the country in some of the best regional theatres in the nation and touring with the show in which he made his Broadway debut. As Richard continues to grow as an artist and performer, he has been able to step away from the chorus and perform featured parts in such musicals as Sophisticated Ladies, My One and Only, and Radio Girl and continues to work toward more active roles in plays and musicals.
While still focusing on performing, Richard has not given up on his other loves of choreography and teaching dance. He has taught across the country at many dance schools and colleges while on or in between shows and in NYC as a sub tap teacher for Steps On Broadway. He has a deep respect for iconic choreography styles and draws upon different styles to create his own.