Kevan Richards plays the leading role of Man in “Proximity”. The writers of the short elected not to give his character a name so that audience members could identify with his struggle, as his struggle is the driving force behind the story and its message.
When casting for the films, the producers and writers were looking for someone who could handle the intense subject matter, and give credibility and intensity to the dramatic scenes. Before production of the film began, one of the producers, who had previously seen Kevan’s abilities in stage performances, met with him to determine if he was interested in the project. After reading the script and performing an excerpt, he was cast in the role.
Kevan has an M.F.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of Idaho. He currently teaches a Theatre Appreciation class as an adjunct instructor at Pasco-Hernando State College. He has an extensive list of credits that include roles in several Live Oak Theatre productions: Grimsby in The Little Mermaid, a disciple in Godspell, a brother in Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Sir George in ReUnKnighted: A Medieval Musical Misadventure, Rooster in Annie, and Fenris Ulf in The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. Additionally, he played the role of Messala in Youth With a Mission’s production of Judah Ben-Hur, which toured Florida, Hawaii, and the Philippines.
When he is not teaching or performing on stage, he is writing original plays. Some of his works include The Damascus Commission (a two man show that played at the Springs Theatre in Tampa, Florida), Ezekiel’s Temple (a one man show that had a seven month tour in both the United States and Canada), and his latest work Philemon, which he co-wrote and directed.
Kevan has been married for 24 years, has four children, and is a retired smokejumper with 415 parachute jumps. You can see Kevan in his first film, “Proximity”, streaming now.