A graduate of the New Zealand School of Dance in 1999, Richard went on to dance with the Royal New Zealand Ballet. Highlights of his time there include playing Count Von Rothbart in Swan Lake and Chief of Police in Carmen. Richard worked in the capacity of Rehearsal Director and Associate Director of Raewyn Hill and Dancers after joining the company for its 2004 production of Angels with Dirty Feet. Richard has had extensive experience in dance education. In 2007 he worked for the Queensland Ballet presenting their in school's performance of Romeo and Juliet throughout northern Queensland. Richard has worked as repetiteur for Raewyn Hill's Vespers with students at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in Moscow, and as Choreographic Assistant at Dance North in Townsville, assisting the development of two new works, The Cry and Black Crows which was presented at the Baryshnikov Arts Centre in New York in September 2010.
In addition to dance, Richard has pursued study at University of Canterbury, graduating with Honours in Sociology in 2007 and was awarded a University of Canterbury Masters Scholarship and University Prize for Academic Achievement. Currently Richard is completing his Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning (Primary).
Richard worked with Tasdance as Rehearsal Director for the Identity season in 2009 and again in 2011 for the Artery season.