Richard Grafton

"I am so proud to be the Director of Theatre and Dramatic Arts at Medicine Hat High School!    MHHS Drama is one of the city's longest running theatre programs. Our Drama students have been entertaining audiences from all over southern Alberta with professional quality shows and in depth Theatre programming. Our program is truly unique in Medicine Hat; at our school, our mission is to embrace theatre tradition and explore innovation in the arts.  Students in our program work very hard to bring theatre to life for the school and community. From thought-provoking productions to zany musicals; from classical plays to fostering new Canadian stories, MHHS Drama continues to support the creation of Theatre in Medicine Hat. Our audiences are immersed in a theatre experience that is innovative, entertaining and reflective of the community."  RFG

As the Director of Theatre and Dramatic Arts, Mr. Grafton has created a number of opportunities for Theatre in Medicine Hat.  In 2018, a new Theatre Production course was opened to allow students to earn high school credits for performers and technicians.  He also established the Pilot Lights Theatre Festival, the South East Alberta High School One Act Festival. He organized SKETCH comedy nights, Whose Lunch Is It Anyway? Improv shows, and shows that have toured to local elementary schools.  Outside of school,  Mr. Grafton is the Artistic Director of his own theatre company, The Paperback Stage, a youth TYA company that specializes in stage adaptations of literature.  He also sits on the Board of Directors for Theatre Alberta, helping to support and encourage theatre across the province!

Mr. Grafton has been teaching Theatre and Dramatic Arts at Medicine Hat High School since 2012. Previous to this, he taught for four years at Bearspaw Christian School in Calgary, and Vauxhall Elementary in Vauxhall Alberta. He received a combined degree in Bachelor of Fine Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Lethbridge in 2007. He also attended the theatre education program at Red Deer College, and Taylor University College in Edmonton. His hometown is Onoway, Alberta, where he graduated from OHS in 1997.  

MHHS Drama Productions:
The Neverending Story (December 2012)
Village of Idiots (May 2013)
Anne and Gilbert: The Island Love Story (December 2013)
Never Swim Alone (April 2014)
Tuesdays and Sundays (April 2014)
Evelyn Strange (June 2014)
BIG FISH: The Musical (December 2014)
William Shakespeare's Land of The Dead (June 2015)
The Giver (October 2015)
The Wedding Singer: A New Broadway Musical (February 2016)
Peter and the Starcatcher (May 2017)
Willy Wonka: The Musical (December 2017)
Unity (1918) (May 2018)

Theatre Experience
The 39 Steps (Thesbos Theatre 2015)
Big Fish The Musical (MHHS Drama 2014)
Spamalot (Medicine Hat Musical Theatre 2014)
Shrek The Musical (Firehall Theatre 2013)
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe (Calgary)
The Uprising (Calgary)Miracle Man (Calgary)
Noises Off (U of L)
Nothing Sacred (U of L)
Desperate Jester Theatre (Lethbridge)
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