| Playwright Richard von Ritter was born in Detroit. After winning the Indiana State Dramatic Speech Contest as a teenager, he worked briefly at The Living Theater in New York and then returned to Detroit bringing the groundbreaking play The Connection by Jack Gelber in which he played the role of "Ernie."
In 1971 Mr. von Ritter graduated with distinction from Wayne State University with a B.A. in English and Psychology. He and his wife, Kate, founded Theater Street, where between 1987 and 2005 he wrote, directed, and acted in plays including Dread (1990), The Silver Dawn (1994), Labyrinth (2001), and Dead When She's Awake (2005), which were produced in Detroit, Chicago, and Ann Arbor.
Awarded plays include Persona, a Semi-Finalist for the National Ten-Minute Play Contest Heideman Award in 1980, and The Exquisite Corpse, a Finalist in the 2013 Kitchen Dog Theater Playwrights Festival.
His catalogue of works can be found on the National New Play Network New Play Exchange.