Richard Roland is as confident directing a play as he is directing a musical. His credits are a testament to his versatility in styles and ranges - the most recent of which include 110 IN THE SHADE, DOGFIGHT, FOREVER PLAID, URINETOWN, GOD OF CARNAGE, AVENUE Q, SOUVENIR, CHICAGO, THE GIVER, THE 39 STEPS, DEAR RUTH, BAREFOOT IN THE PARK, TALES FROM THE BAD YEARS, GREASE, and several readings of new plays in New York. His productions of NO WAY TO TREAT A LADY and HAIRSPRAY earned him nominations for Best Director. He won the New Hampshire Theatre Award for Best Director of a Musical for RAGTIME. He earned his MFA in Directing from Penn State, where he also joined the theatre faculty briefly before being hired by Indiana University at Bloomington to teach acting and musical theatre.

Richard has made his own mark on the Broadway and National Tour Stages in THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL (version 1.0), the 2001 Broadway revival FOLLIES, THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, and TITANIC. His off-Broadway credits include FOREVER PLAID, THE FANTASTICKS, ZOMBIE PROM, and THE COCOANUTS.

Richard is a proud member of The Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers (SSDC), Actors' Equity Association (AEA), and Screen Actors Guild (SAG).

The artistic streak runs deep throughout the family tree: He a third-generation Broadway veteran; the son of two Broadway performers: Steve Roland and Liz Roland (nee Nelson) and the grandson of a Broadway musician: trumpet player Arvo Jacobson (A CONNECTICUT YANKEE - 1948). His father had appeared on Broadway in SOUTH PACIFIC, BELLS ARE RINGING, 110 IN THE SHADE, PIPE DREAM, DO RE MI, and COME ON STRONG, while his mother had appeared on Broadway in JENNIE, FINNIAN'S RAINBOW, MR. PRESIDENT, and KEAN. They met one another in the Broadway production of I HAD A BALL starring Buddy Hackett, Richard Keilly and Karen Morrow. His grandmother was a famous voice teacher and choir director in New York; his grandfather was a trumpet player and teacher; his aunt was a dancer; his great-grandfather was a famous Finnish bandleader. His godfather was Dick Perry, a well-known trumpet player whose career spanned several decades and took him from playing for Sinatra to top trumpet in several Broadway show orchestras (including the famous solo in the overture to GYPSY. While growing up, his house was always filled with the show-business types so he was very much steeped in the business from day one.

He went to school in New York, first at Trinity, then high school at Lenox. As a boy, he sang in the choir of The Church of the Transfiguation ("The Little Church Around the Corner") where he was featured as a soloist. His first television appearance was at the age of eleven, singing "Once In Royal David's City" on a live Christmas Eve broadcast from Marble Collegiate Church in Manhattan. During the summers he attended French Woods, a performing arts camp. He attended college at Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he received a BFA degree in Theatre.