Performer Profile - Richard Stillman

Richard Stillman

Richard StillmanRICHARD STILLMAN is a multitalented performer, who offers colorful, fast-paced programs featuring his unique combination of talents as a singer, dancer, storyteller and instrumentalist. All shows involve extensive audience participation and include a wide range of instruments. Performances can be adapted for all ages, from pre-school through adult.

Each program is available as a dynamic one-man show, or as a two person show with his partner, Paul Byrne.

Current performance repertoire includes:


Sway, clap, and twirl, move to the music and enjoy.  Especially fun for the very young.

A World Mosaic of Music & Dance

Experience musical cultures from Africa, Spain, South America, Russia, Israel, Italy, Japan, Ireland, and more, with a large selection of native instruments, plus jigs, tarantellas, Chinese ribbon dance, and flamenco dance. 

This show can be customized to include the exact countries a school is studying.

Razzle Dazzle ManRichard Stillman

Your jaws will drop, your eyes will pop, and your giggles won't stop as you see Richard Stillman tap dancing while juggling, playing the bones and the harmonica; dancing while flipping a derby hat; and clog dancing while singing, playing the kazoo and washboard and telling a story.  Audience members play the washboard, blow a musical soda straw, and learn the Charleston.

Richard StillmanPecos Bill Rides the Oregon Trail

Richard Stillman’s stories and songs of the Wild West and the Oregon Trail , are woven together with guitar, banjo and mandolin picking, cowboy hat tricks, western rope spinning, and country clog dancing to create a vibrant tapestry of the settling of the American West.

Sea Songs, Yarns & Hornpipes

Experience life on the high seas in the nineteenth century through the music and dance that were an integral part of the sailor’s work and play, and highlighted with an exciting sea story.

The Irish Balladeer

Take a musical trip to the Emerald Isle with bagpipes, stories, jigs, reels, plus authentic Irish instruments and traditional Irish Dances.

Country Hoedown

Enjoy banjo playing, square dancing, clog dancing, cowboy rope tricks, and more in this exciting Western program filled with fun and participation.

Holiday Troubadours

Take a musical journey around the world to the winter celebrations of all cultures—Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanza, and other winter celebrations. This is a multi-cultural celebration with instruments, songs and dances from many different nations, full of audience participation.

Loopy Hawaiian Luau


This entertaining show combines traditional Hawaiian songs, ukulele playing, Hawaiian poi ball dancing, storytelling, Hawaiian puilli stick dancing, nose flutes, tap dancing and a wacky version of the Hawaiian War Chant played on the ukulele, musical washboard and kazoo. Perfect summer fun! (All ages)

PLUSother themes are also available, including general family musical entertainment for all ages, as well as special programs for adults and senior citizens.

Richard StillmanRICHARD STILLMAN was featured on the Premiere episode of the PBS television series Shining Time Station. He received critical acclaim for his performance in Lady Be Good at the Kennedy Center and the Goodspeed Opera House. On Broadway, Mr. Stillman played the Clerk of Oxford in Canterbury Tales, and understudied Mummenshanz. Other productions include: Take It From the Top with Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, and Hamlet with Rip Torn and Geraldine Page. He has performed at the NJ Folk Festival, opened for Jim Henson and Kermit the Frog, and appeared on In the Listening Room with Roger Sherman. Mr. Stillman holds a BA in theatre from Dartmouth College.

"Absolutely fabulous! The children were thoroughly mesmerized by the costumes, dance and instruments."—PS 32, Flushing, NY

"The variety of the performance is its appeal. The talent of Mr. Stillman makes it wonderful."—Euclid School, Hasbrouck Hts, NJ

"His program was both educational and entertaining...The combination of instruments, dance, and storytelling worked wonderfully together."—Peapack-Gladstone Library, Peapack, NJ


For further information about availability, fees, or booking this program into your facility, contact:
Encore Performing Arts, Inc.
P.O. Box 630
Melville, NY 11747
631-423-0747  •  Outside area, call toll-free 800-669-9850
fax: 631-423-1795