Curriculum Vitae

Richard Esvang Curriculum Vitae

Richard  Victor Esvang

7150 Lackman Road, #1303, Shawnee Kansas 66217

(785) 643-0774

Professional Profile

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 track record of success in the classroom

·      A teacher-scholar experienced in building successful educational programs.

·      A teacher who strongly believes in a learner centered instructional technique.

·      A faculty member who is nurtures collegiality and teamwork across all disciplines.

Seasoned in conceiving and building strong theatre programs

·      Demonstrated competencies in administrative leadership, project and program management and staff development.

·      An effective communicator with excellent planning, organizational, and negotiation skills. An ability to lead, reach consensus, establish goals, and achieve results.



Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois M.F.A. Theatre – Performance Emphasis


Donnelly College, Kansas City Kansas                               Current

Adjunct Professor Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kansas City Community College 2017-2018

GED Instructor Adult Education Program 

The Art Institutes International – Kansas City                   2015 - 2017

Adjunct Professor,  Humanities

Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina Kansas                        2007 – 2014

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



·   Directed over 20 university theatrical productions

·   Designed costumes, lighting, set, sound and visual media 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

·   Irene Ryan regional award


·    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

·   First Year Experience Committee Member and Instructor



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

·   Designed sets, lighting and sound for 80 productions

·   Produced and co-directed 12 original adaptations for Children’s Theatre

·   Wrote and produced three original scripts for the stage

·   Founder of two not-for-profit theatre companies

Artistic Director

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

·   Auditioned, contracted and directed yearly creative staff (directors, performers, musicians and support staff)

·   Curated an annual 8 show season

·   Created and managed first professional children’s theatre in central Kansas

·   Created and managed a yearly musical concert season

·   Created, implemented and supervised a large successful volunteer recruitment program

·   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

Playwright Experience

 ·   Adaptation: Red Badge Of Courage workshop Riverside Theatre, Vero Beach FL 1993

·   Adaptation: Doctor In Spite Of Himself Produced by Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre 1993

Original Plays

·   The Adventurer Produced at Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre, MO 1994

·   Orphan Train Produced at Great Plains Theatre Festival, KS 2001

·   Divine Call Produced at Great Plains Theatre Festival, KS 2003

· Hungry Ghost (One person Performance Piece)

Filmed production 

Link to Video available upon request


·   Actor’s Equity Association (1987-present)

·   Dramatist Guild Member