Mr. Poole was the co-founder of the first two-year Meisner Professional Training Program for Film and Television in the country, which developed into the School for Film and Television. Mr. Poole is also associated with New Dramatists in Chicago, a company that develops and produces a season of original plays each year.
At Northern Illinois University, he is the producer and director of the MFA and BFA showcases, which have received national recognition.
Mr. Poole has taught and coached actors in New York, L.A., and Chicago, and has led master classes in the Meisner Technique at the Gaiety School of Acting and the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, Ireland. He has been on the summer acting faculty at Interlochen Center for the Arts, and from 2002-2004, Mr. Poole was the artistic director for The Barnstormers, an Equity Theatre in Tamworth, New Hampshire. Mr. Poole works closely with top agents and managers in L.A., New York and Chicago to train and coach their working clients in private intensives.
Mr. Poole served as director and co-editor of the two-hour documentary, Innovations to the Meisner Technique at The Gately/Poole Conservatory. This work illustrated numerous advances in the Meisner technique that were developed by Mr. Poole and Ms. Gately in New York from 1981 to 1993.
TESTIMONIALS ABOUT RICHARD
“Richard is an outstanding teacher - both of the Meisner Technique as well as other acting techniques...He is a creative and dynamic teacher who inspires his students to commit themselves thoroughly to the rigorous discipline of a craft; and who demands over and over again that they surpass their past achievements in order to grow and excel as artists.” - Gene Terruso Director of the University of the Arts
"Sins of the Father" by Martin Maguire (Coached by Kathryn Gately in Dublin, Ireland.) (Chicago premier directed by Richard Poole)
“Sins of the Father is a project undertaken with a clear passion and integrity by all concerned- author Martin Maguire, director Patrick Sutton, and the cast, a group of students from Northern Illinois University- and one which succeeds in becoming a gripping evening of theatre on any terms.
"What’s particularly impressive about the project is how successfully it mingles and overlaps different styles of theatre and different performance styles, from the committed, film style naturalism required of the featured actors, to the story theatre style narration delivered directly to the audience, to expressionistic physicality, to choral movement and speaking, to – no less- singing and live music played on banjos and clarinet. Such a broad range of styles asks a lot of its performers, but here the risk pays off because, quite simply, this group of young people prove they are up to the challenge.”
While the individual performers shone, what was most impressive overall was the level of ensemble commitment to the production; it was an extremely polished evening, all the more impressive when one learns of the relatively short time the company had to put it together” -Irish Theatre magazine, 1/19/01
“Mr Poole has a truly national reputation as a teacher of acting at a variety of prestigious institutions across the country...one of America’s leading exponents of the Meisner method of teaching. He has a powerful vision of theater...He is persistent, creative, dedicated and exceptionally intelligent.” - Christopher Jones Theatre Critic for The Chicago Tribune
“Rick was viewed as the ideal individual for this position because of the depth of his theatre experience, demeanor, proven ability to manage others...and intellect and creativity.” - Daniel Rowe Executive Director of The Barnstormers, an Equity Theatre company