Richard Sabellico is an award winning director, seasoned Broadway actor as well as a respected acting coach and script adapter. Sabellico directed, choreographed and adapted the critically-acclaimed American Jewish Theatre production of The Cocoanuts and its transfer to Broadway. He has also directed Wonderful Town at Lincoln Center, Leonard Bernstein: A Helluva Town at Rainbow and Stars as well as a revised version of Jerry Herman’s first musical hit Milk and Honey.
His class, Audition Therapy, is a mainstay for New York musical theater actors hoping to break out of old habits and take their audition craft to the next level.
American Jewish Theatre
Richard is in talks with producer Daryl Roth in regards to developing another professional Jewish Theatre here in New York City. Richard was the Associate Artistic Director of both the American Jewish Theatre and the Jewish Repertory Theatre. He cut his directing teeth at the American Jewish Theatre and that is the name Ms. Roth would like to secure for this new enterprise. Richard won great critical acclaim for the productions he directed at both of these sites. For example; “I Can Get It For You Wholesale”, “The Cocoanuts”, Milk and Honey”, A Majority of One, “Home of the Brave” and many more. Our lawyer is now involved in the process of securing the rights to the name American Jewish Theatre as well as finding the financal support to move this non-profit theatre forward. Stay tuned.
New Ethel Merman Musical!
Richard has written a musical play based on the life of Ethel Merman, appropriately called “Merman”. Unique in its storytelling, it begins in 1962 then travels backwards through time concluding on the opening night of Girl Crazy in 1930. The story is highlighted by many songs that were introduced and made famous by Ethel Merman. The literary agent for the musical play is Barbara Hogenson (212-874-8084), who is already in talks with prospective producers.
A workshop of “Merman” starring Beth Leavel, Emily Skinner, Victor Slezak, Manu Naryan, Jeremy Benton and Laila Robbins will be presented on April 7th, 2022 at the Emerging Arts Theatre. Invitation Only.
New TV Series in China
Richard has also been signed to direct a television sports series in China, with filming starting in July and continuing thru the rest of 2022.
Get in Touch
Please use the form below to contact Richard. If this is a professional directing inquiry, please contact Mark Sendroff at 212-840-6400.