Randall Rapstine

founding company member

…was born and raised in Texas and currently makes Lubbock his home as he pursues doctoral studies in playwriting and History/Theory/Criticism at the Texas Tech School of Theatre & Dance.  He is an AT&T Chancellor’s Fellow and holds a fellowship from The College of Visual & Performing Arts at TTU. He is also a Fellow of The National Critic’s Institute at The O’Neill Theatre Center. He holds a BFA in Acting from the University of Texas at Austin and is a graduate of The William Esper Studio in New York. His Masters of Fine Arts is also from Texas Tech, with a specialization in Performance & Pedagogy.

As an actor, he has appeared extensively in New York and at regional theatres around the country, playing everything from Tito in Lend Me a Tenor to George in She Loves Me!, from Boo in To Kill a Mockingbird to Bassanio in The Merchant of Venice. He lived in Los Angeles for many years working in theatre, television and films. Television appearances include "Frasier," "The Magnificent Seven," "Boston Legal," "Angel," and many others.  One of his most recognizable appearances was as school principal to the young Olsen Twins in the film Our Lips Are Sealed.  He traveled to Russia as an actor/arts ambassador for The Barter Theatre in Virginia, where he appeared in the world premier of J. Kline’s The Angel’s Share in Rybinsk.

As a theatre director, Randall helmed the Off-Broadway hit Margaret Cho’s The Sensuous Woman, which also played in San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and LA. He directed monologist James Judd’s hit show 7 Sins, which played Seattle, San Francisco, the East To Edinburgh Festival in New York, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and on the high seas on Atlantic Cruiselines.

He is co-author of Common Knowledge, a two-character comedy which has played at the New York Fringe Festival, and in Los Angeles; Provincetown; Martha’s Vineyard; Stowe, VT; and Rochester, NY.  Randall directed his own play YAWS, an adaptation of the Tennessee Williams short story "Mother Yaws," as the first-ever student presentation at The Tennessee Williams Institute at The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival. His plays Cindy’s Got a Problem and Alien Love have been presented at Texas Tech School of Theatre & Dance, and his screenplay Genius, an adaptation of the Patrick Dennis novel, is currently under option for production with ELM Productions in Los Angeles.

In New York, Randall was one of the founding members of New Nine Theatre Co.  He was also a founding member of The People’s Playhouse on Fourth Street in New York and of The Afterwords Comedy/Improv Ensemble, playing in various venues– including opening at Caroline’s for comedian Jon Stewart.  Randall assisted producer John Glines on the original Broadway production of As Is.  He also served as Assistant to the Producer at The Vineyard Playhouse on Martha’s Vineyard. He was a writer and performer for NPR’s 1990s Radio Hour . . . and a Half. In Los Angeles, he was the Artistic Director of The MET Theatre Company.

He also has a background in casting, working for David Rubin and Debra Zane on such films as Men in Black, Snow Falling on Cedars, Washington Square, and Criss Cross.  He worked in television casting for Holly Powell and Lucy Cavallo on such programs as "The Magnifent Seven" and "Four Corners."

On Lubbock stages some of his roles have included Elwood in Harvey, Mr. Biggley in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Chicago in Is He Dead?, Pinchwife in The Country Wife, Vanya in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, The Cook in Mother Courage and Her Children, as the mad Russian ballet instructor Kholenkov in You Can’t Take It With You, and as Herr Schulze in Cabaret.  While a student at TTU, he has also appeared as Gary in Mark Charney’s play Shooting Blanks at The Prague Fringe Festival in the Czech Republic (directed by Dr. Linda Donahue), was a member of the inaugural company of artists for TTU School of Theatre & Dance’s Marfa Initiative, and played the role of “Hotsy” Hotzmitzenschlager in the acclaimed TTU production of Kirche Küche Kinder at The Provincetown Tennessee Williams Theatre Festival.

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