Stephanie Richards

Stephanie Richards is an Actor, Director, Producer, and Instructor from Elkhorn City, KY. Stephanie has been with the University of Kentucky since 2005, when she joined the faculty as the first Fine Arts Extension Agent in the nation, in a unique collaboration with the College of Agriculture. Since that time, the Fine Arts Extension program has expanded to 10 staff providing community development through the arts across the Commonwealth. The Pike County Extension Fine Arts program inserts an average of $150,000 of direct financial impact and over $100,000,000.00 of volunteer hours into the communities, annually.  

She received her Master of Fine Arts in Acting from the University of Iowa and an MA in Directing from Roosevelt University. She received her BFA in Acting from the University of Kentucky. She also taught and developed multiple theatre programs in Orlando, Florida for ten years.

Stephanie is the Founder and Chief Executive Director of Artists’ Collaborative Theatre (ACT), where she oversees all aspects of the ACT including creation, fundraising, fiscal operations, directing, outreach, marketing, and leadership development.

She is on the Board of Directors for Mountain Arts Center, Hatfield and McCoy Arts Council and is a member of the American Association of Community Theatres, Americans for the Arts, Kentucky Arts Council, National Association of Female Executives, and Educational Theatre Association.


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KY Cooperative Extension Fine Arts


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