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Richard Stillman

Richard Stillman

Richard Stillman is an actor & musician who plays the banjo, mandolin, ukulele, guitar, bagpipes & 12 other instruments.  He has performed on Broadway, The Kennedy Ctr. And in regional theaters from New Jersey to Alaska. His show, "The Spirit of Vaudeville," won the BEST CONCERT AWARD at the United Solo Theater Festival in NYC.

"...Deftly offhanded Bravura..."- NY Times

"...a real show stopper..." - New York Post

"...impeccable period style..." - NY Daily News

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Richard Stillman


He was featured on the premiere episode of the PBS television series Shining Time Station  and received critical acclaim for his performance in Lady Be Good at the Kennedy Center. And the Goodspeed Opera House.

On Broadway, Richard played the Clerk of Oxford in Canterbury Tales & understudied Mummenschanz.

He has also performed in regional theater, national tours, and television. Mr. Stillman has played at the New Jersey Folk Festival, opened for Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog, and performs every year at the New Jersey Storytelling Festival as a musical storyteller.

Canterbury Tales
Canterbury Tales, Broadway
Tuba and Banjo Mummenzchanz Broadway
Mummenzchanz, Broadway


Richard holds a BA in Theatre from Dartmouth College, a Performing Artists in the Schools Certificate from Columbia University, and studied further at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, with acting teacher Michael Howard, and with Vaudeville string musician, Roy Smeck.


For more than 20 years, Richard has toured his shows to adult communities, theatres, schools, and festivals. He has a musical theater company and a multicultural storytelling and music group.

Mr. Stillman also performs as a musical entertainer, banjo player, ukulele player, mandolin player, concertina player, bagpiper, and storyteller.

Richard is based in Montclair, NJ, and he travels to most of NJ, CT, NY, and PA.

Lady Be Good
Lady Be Good, Kennedy Center
Banjo Duo Fun Mother Courage Nebraska Rep. Theater
Mother Courage, Nebraska Rep. 


His show, "The Spirit of Vaudeville," won the BEST CONCERT AWARD at the United Solo Theater Festival.

As a banjo player, he won the Gigmasters award for the top banjo entertainer in the country.

His Irish Balladeers show played at the JFK Presidential Library in Boston.


Richard plays with Dixieland, Swing, Country, Bluegrass, Irish, Scottish, Italian & Hawaiian bands.