While working as an actor in New York City, Richard studied with Michael Howard and performed at Manhattan Theatre Club, Chelsea Theatre Center, W.P.A. Theatre and Douglas Fairbanks Theatre. He has acted regionally in over one hundred roles in many prestigious regional theaters.

Film credits include: Homer Benson in Steven Spielbergs Lincoln (2011); Dr. Ezra Abbott in Ridley Scotts Killing Lincoln (2012); Chester Bowles in National Geographic channels Killing Kennedy (2013)Vic LeClue in Patriot Son, winner of the 1998 LA Film Fests independent short category and selected to show at the Telluride Festival. In 2014 Richard played the lead opposite Greys Anatomys Sarah Drew in the short film, Waking Marshall Walker. This film was selected for viewing at over 40 film festivals. This past year he appeared in Farewell Old Stringy in the leading role of Davey. He created the role of L.P. Everett in the episode, The 20% Solution” for the television program, Homicide, Life on the Street.

As a director, he has staged Hamlet, A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Hedda Gabler, Hay Fever, A Raisin in the Sun, Cloud Nine, Fuddy Meers, The Foreigner, A Man for All Seasons, Misalliance, Suddenly Last Summer, Six Characters in Search of an Author, Laramie Project, Lend Me a Tenor, Lost in Yonkers, Driving Miss Daisy, The Last Night of Ballyhoo and True West.

Richard has been teaching acting at the University of Virginia for 30 years where he has had the honor of coaching Tina Fey, Ben McKenzie (Gotham, The O.C.), Sean Patrick Thomas (Cruel Intensions, Barbershop), Jason George (Greys Anatomy, Mistresses), Sarah Drew (Greys Anatomy, Everwood) and Emily Swallow (Supernatural, The Mentalist). He received the UVas Outstanding Teacher Award in 1991, the Mayo Distinguished Teaching Professorship in 1998 and was selected as an inaugural member of the University Academy of Teaching in 2011. He is a member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA.