Richard Victor Esvang

Curriculum Vitae/Professional Profile

Directing Resume
Acting Resume
CV/Professional Profile
University Gallery
Academic Statements
Professional Gallery


A 30-year career as a professional artist in the performing arts arena
  • A strong body of work that reflects a career of intense commitment, originality and risk taking.
  • A multi-disciplined professional with extensive experience as a director, designer, playwright and performer.

A dedicated educator with a proven record of accomplishment in the classroom

  • A teacher-scholar experienced in curriculum design, research and development.
  • A strong activist in collegiality.
  • A faculty member who is proactive in nurturing teamwork across all boundaries.

Seasoned in conceiving and building strong theatre programs

  • Demonstrated competencies in administrative leadership, project and program management, staff development and empowerment.
  • An effective communicator with excellent planning, organizational, and negotiation skills as well as the ability to lead, reach consensus, establish goals, and achieve results.


Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois

M.F.A. Theatre - Performance Emphasis


Freelance Professional Performing Artist                                                     1986 - Present    

  • Equity actor performed in cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, St. Louis, Kansas City and Orlando
  • Directed 71 plays and musicals
  • Produced 85 stage productions
  • Produced four world premieres
  • Designed sets, lighting and sound for 80 productions
  • Produced and co-directed 12 original adaptations for Children's Theatre
  • Adapted the novel Red Badge of Courage for the stage
  • Wrote and produced three original scripts for the stage
  • Founded two not-for-profit theatre companies

Artistic Director

Founder of The Great Plains Theatre Festival                                   May 1995 - Jun 2006    

  • Developed (in partnership with local entrepreneurs), launched, and administered all budgeting and fiscal management 1995-2004.
  • Auditioned, contracted and directed yearly creative staff (directors, performers, musicians and support staff)
  • Curated annual 8 show season
  • Created and managed first professional children's theatre in central Kansas
  • Created and managed a yearly musical concert season
  • Maintained a state-of-the-art performance facility
  • Coordinated grant writing and fundraising on local, state and federal levels
  • Created, implemented and supervised a large successful volunteer recruitment program
  • Managed annual budget and business staff
  • Directed annual negotiations with Actor's Equity, the union of professional performers
  • Designed and implemented successful public relations and marketing strategies
  • Developed and maintained solid working relationships with local, regional and state-wide media outlets to gain positive media coverage
  • Facilitated in the renovation of a historic building into a state-of-the-art performance space with two stages and an art gallery
  • Guided the theatre through 10 years of positive financial growth
  • Created and managed a summer youth performing art program for the economically disadvantaged students
  • Received 10 Kansas Arts Commission Operations Grants 1996-2006
  • Received two Abilene, Kansas Community Foundation Grants 2005 & 2006
  • Received Kansas Tourism Grant 1998
  • Received Kansas Arts Commission Technical Grant 2003



Donnelly College - Kansas City, Kansas
Adjunct Professor - Speech and Fine Arts 
The Art Institutes International - Kansas City, Kansas
Adjunct Professor to the Humanities
 Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina Kansas

2007 - 2014

Director of Theatre, Associate Professor of Communication Speech and Theatre Arts


  • Directed over 20 university theatrical productions
  • Designed costumes, lighting, set and sound for 20 productions
  • Participated in the design and staging set-up of 10 gallery exhibitions
  • Produced and designed five operas in collaboration with the Salina Symphony
  • Participated in the creation of the Arts and Healing Committee through the Salina Arts and Humanities Commission
  • Served with distinction on the Human Communications Committee, which implemented a successful redesign of the liberal art's core curriculum
  • Served with distinction on the Faculty Affairs Committee, which implemented a successful revision of the Faculty Handbook
  • Worked with the Education Committee, which helped shepherd over 40 students into successful secondary and elementary teaching positions in Kansas
  • Initiated design and funding for a complete redesign of the main performance space

 Academic Honors and Awards

  • Tenured Professor 2013
  • Received rank of Associate Professor 2013
  • Excellence in Teaching Faculty Award 2012


  • Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Teaching Faculty Committee
  • Education Committee
  • Facility & Technology Committee
  • Student Conduct Board
  • Freshman Experience Committee
  • Academic Community Committee
  • Member of Human Communications Committee advising on Liberal Studies Change   


Kansas Music Educators Conference

Friends University Wichita, Kansas 2012                         Insecurity and Self-consciousness: blocks to learning and creating

Kansas Thespian Festival  Wichita, Kansas 2010            Working as a unit: Ensemble performance

Kansas Music Educators Association  Salina,Kansas 2011

Professional Development for Educators: Building an Ensemble





Kansas Thespian Festival Wichita, Kansas 2009            Non verbal Physical Theatre intensive


Missouri University of Science and Technology In cooperation with The Ozark Actors Theatre in Rolla, MO 2008                                    

How to build a strong cooperative ensemble














Acting Faculty Interlochen Arts Camp, Interlochen Michigan  

 Summer 2015, 2016

  • Instructor of Intermediate Acting

 Acting Faculty Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Blue Lake Michigan           

Summer 2013

  • Intermediate Acting Instructor


  • Volunteer on the Council of Art and Healing at The Salina Arts and Humanities (2014)
  • Volunteer for Gay Pride events and advocacy, Salina Kansas (2011)
  • Volunteer theatre teacher for St Mary's Elementary School of Salina (2009-2014)
  • Organizer, Salina Equality Coalition (2012-2013)
  • Volunteer technical advisor, Salina Symphony (2007-2014)
  • Tutor for at risk youth, The City Organization, Salina Kansas (2010-2011)
  • Volunteer environmental cleanup at the Lakewood Center, Salina Kansas (2008)
  • Tutor for 21st Century Program Solomon after school program (1999)
  • Volunteer events manager for the Abilene Kansas Arts Council (1996-2000)
  • Directing advisor for the Abilene Community Theatre (1998)
  • Events manager for Abilene Kansas Tourism Board (1998-2000)


  • Actor's Equity Association (1987-present)
  • Dramatist Guild, Associate Member



Assessment Administrator for The National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP.) The United States Department of Education (January - February 2015)