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Richard "Buzz" Herman

University of Central Missouri

Richard “Buzz” Herman is a Professor of Theatre and Dance at the University of Central Missouri.  At UCM, Buzz teaches courses in directing, acting, playwriting, and theatre history and has served as director and actor for over 150 academic and professional productions.  Buzz currently serves on the KCACTF National Executive Team as Vice-Chair for the National Playwriting Program. He is Past KCACTF Region V Chair of NPP, has served as a director for the 10-Minute Playwriting Program, served as Assistant Irene Ryan Acting Coordinator, and been a member of the Region V Selection Team.  He has received three KCACTF Meritorious Achievement Awards for Directing and served as director for Blue Window which was a Region V Invited Festival Production in 2013.  Buzz’s is a recipient of the Kennedy Center Gold Medallion and his teaching honors include the Marymount College Alpha Chi Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Speech and Theatre Association of Missouri Outstanding Teacher Award, Central Missouri State University’s Excellence in Teaching Award, the Missouri Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the Meridith Harmon Sauer Distinguished Endowed Professor of Theatre and the University of Central Missouri’s highest teaching honor, The Byler Distinguished Faculty Award.