About the Artistic Director
Richard Biever has been acting in musicals since he was 8 years-old. After attending the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, Richard received a degree in voice and choral conducting from the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He then went on to a long career as a musical director, conducting shows around the US and around the world.
While at IU, he worked with alum Howard Ashman when the theatre department produced the first college production of Little Shop of Horrors. Richard conducted the National and European tours of Little Shop and, while in Europe, also conducted a leg of the smash West Side Story tour.
Richard soon after began directing and received and MFA in Directing for the Musical Theatre Stage from Penn State University, working closely with mentor Susan H. Schulman. While at Penn State, he directed productions of Fat Pig, Romance, Romance, and Sunday in the Park with George, among others. In 2003, Richard and his wife Heidi opened a musical theatre training school for children in State College, PA called Singing OnStage Studios.
In the fall of 2010, Richard founded Singing OnStage Productions in New York City and has directed readings of Smile and Harmony, Kansas.
Most recently, Richard became the Artistic/Executive Director of The State Theatre in State College, Pennsylvania. Rich oversees the artistic and business sides of the theatre and directs 8-10 shows per year.