Thursdays 7-9 PM
Register for some improvised hysterical research in the Archives. The Improv Jam is open for class clowns of all ages. Join in or watch them as they explore and practice, getting ready for the debut performance of Laugh Locally on October 21st and November 18th.
with RICHARD F. GRAFTON, B.F.A.,B.ED.
Teacher, Actor, Improvisor, Director, Designer, Playwright
Most folks know Mr. Grafton as the “Drama Guy” at Medicine Hat High School. He has been helping to shape theatre at MHHS since 2012, directing dozens of shows with a special focus on Canadian Theatre, Theatre for Young Audiences, Classical Theatre, and Broadway Musicals. He founded the new MHHS Theatre Company, the Pilot Lights Theatre Festival, Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? and Sketch Comedy Nights. His next comedy, Plan 9 from Outer Space, is landing at Hat High in February 2022.
Richard is also the Artistic Director of The Paperback Stage, a local theatre company creating new adventures for audiences of all ages! His solo comedy, Madly Off in All Directions, is currently in development and will appear next summer, along with his TYA play A Tail or Two From Winnie The Pooh.
As an actor, Richard has appeared on stage around Alberta, including Medicine Hat Musical Theatre, Firehall Theatre, Thesbos Theatre, Foothills Alliance, The Empress Theatre, The University of Lethbridge, Red Deer College, and Desperate Jester Improv Theatre. Richard also represents Zone 7 in the Alberta High School Drama Festival council, and has been on the Board of Directors for Theatre Alberta (2016 -2018), supporting and encouraging theatre across the province! Richard holds a B.F.A/B.Ed (2007) in Dramatic Education from the University of Lethbridge.
When he's not making theatre, Richard is off on adventures with his wife and two sons. You'll probably find him paddling his canoe down a river, wandering off on a camping trip, or travelling to see theatre across the country.