Theatre Gigante remembers Rick Graham with enormous gratitude, admiration, and respect. A true artist, Rick created so many beautiful visual worlds for so very many companies and productions. We, at Gigante, feel very fortunate to have been one of those companies.
We will be forever thankful.
May Rick Graham rest in our hearts.
Richard H. Graham was an innovative and exquisite lighting and scenic designer who touched just about every performance theatre company in Milwaukee. For many years, Rick was Theatre Gigante’s Resident Designer, who also generously served as a Director on Gigante’s Board of Directors. Professor of Theatre at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rick was a Resident Scenic and Lighting Designer for the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre Company for five years during Nagel Jackson’s artistic leadership and Resident Lighting Designer for the Milwaukee Ballet Company for three years during Jean Paul Comelin’s artistic leadership. Rick has designed for theatre, dance and opera across the country, including New York and Chicago and for virtually every theatre company in Milwaukee as well as the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and Discovery World. He was resident designer for Theatre X for 14 years and a member of the company. His international credits include productions in Germany, Japan, Australia, Canada, Slovenia, France, and China. He has designed multiple productions for Michael Pink’s Milwaukee Ballet, including LA BOHEME and PETER PAN, which was broadcast on PBS nationwide. He taught Design and Graphics at UWM’s Peck School of the Arts for 38 years.
A list of Theatre Gigante productions for which Rick designed lights and/or sets:
Between You and Me (2000)
My Elephant Dream (2001)
Dead Poets Theatre (2002)
My Dear Othello (2004)
Museum of Life and Death (2006)
Down and Personal (2007)
Spalding Gray: Stories Left to Tell (2007)
Three Other Sisters (2010)
Isadora & Nijinsky (2011)
Our Our Town (2012)
Me, You, Art & Trout (2012)
Three Other Sisters Slovenia Tour (2012)
My Dear Othello (2014)
Screwball Love (2014)
Rumore di acque (2015)