Richard Tatum began directing twenty years ago at the Eugene O’Neill Center, but once in Los Angeles, he found his way to venerable Theatre West, where he directed experimental projects such as Rock Song, The Unusual Prospects, and most recently one of the Four Pilots for the Price of None (“Pop. 7“). He was a founding member and Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Ark Theatre Company; there he directed critically acclaimed productions of The Country Wife, The London Cuckolds, On the Verge, Good, and Hazard County, and hit world premieres of The Big Ever After, Sounds of Silence and Gaining Ground. As Artistic Director of Absolute Theatre he was nominated for Best Comedy Direction (LA WEEKLY Awards) for his work on The Girl Who Would Be King. Around other LA Theater he’s directed the smash musical Group with the LA Theatre Ensemble, The Merry Wives of Windsor at the Lyric Theater, and staged readings at the prestigious Slamdance on Stage and Blank Theatre Company. In other media, he directed the short The N.U.T. System, the episode “Toilet Troubles” of the webseries “The Stalker Chronicles”, the comedy CD Bushwa!, as well as several radio commercials and plays for radio. He teaches voiceover under the banner Absolute VoiceOver. Richard is also a multi-award nominated actor, whose 25-year career spans stage, film, TV, commercials and even cartoons. He is a proud graduate of Oberlin College, a member of the SDC, as well as SAG, AFTRA, Actors Equity and Directors Lab West ’10.
Tracy Eliott hails from New Orleans, where she received her BA in Drama from the University of New Orleans, and appeared in countless productions – some favorites including Laertes in Hamlet, Lucienne in A Flea In Her Ear, Annelle in Steel Magnolias and Millie in Picnic. In LA she has been a member of the Ark Theatre Company; highlights include Ruth in Hazard County, Mary in On The Verge and Mistress Quickly in The Merry Wives Of Windsor. Nationally, she was in a touring production of Plaza Suite (with Lee Meriwether). She volunteered with the fledgling Masquerade Productions in New Orleans until she became its treasurer, and when it folded, she co-founded NestEGG Productions. She also was the treasurer of the Storer Boone Awards in New Orleans for several years. In Los Angeles, she spent time as head of Ark’s box office and then its fundraising program before stepping up to be Business Manager for a number of years. Co-founding Absolute Theatre was a natural progression of this array of experiences.