Here are just some of the places Soto has been seen at SCR over the years: as Young Ebenezer in A Christmas Carol for 11 seasons, as stage manager of the Educational Touring Production for 13 years, in various Hispanic Playwrights Project roles for 3 three years, as an instructor in the Neighborhood Conservatory for another 3 three years and the Teen and Kids Acting Programs for 10 years.
Besides being an actor and teacher, Soto is an artist, writer and director. He has performed on stages throughout the Southland and in numerous film, television and web series roles. Acting is in the family, too: he’s married to Theatre Conservatory Director Hisa Takakuwa, whom he met when they appeared as Claudio and Hero in the Grove Shakespeare Festival production of Much Ado about Nothing. Later, the couple became resident artists with the classical repertory theatre A Noise Within and joined the cast—for the first of many seasons—as Young Eb and Sally in SCR’s A Christmas Carol.
|Hisa Takakuwa and Richard Soto.|
“By using imagination and emotion, they’ll be able to create a character that will move people to laugh or cry through a great story. That’s what I live for—helping find the freedom to ‘play!’”
And that’s what his students appreciate most.
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