Richard R. Thomas

Associate Professor
RICHARD "REX" THOMAS is an Associate Professor at St. John’s University. He designed, and is currently, the Director of the Bachelor’s of Science program in Photojournalism and Digital Media Design, as well as created the minor in Dramatic Arts. From 2013 - 2016, he was Chair of the Division of Mass Communication. Thomas is also a narrative artist, working extensively in the performing, visual and literary arts. Recent exhibitions include: The Lynch Tham Gallery (NYC), The Bravinlee Gallery (NYC), The George Segal Gallery (Montclair State University), The Garden State International Film Festival, Studio 33 (NJ), andThe Area Gallery (University of Southern Maine). Thomas has also staged his original plays at The No Smoking Playhouse (NYC), Theatre 22 (NYC), Playhouse on the Mall (NJ), Paul Sorvino's American Stage Company (NJ), and Studio 8 (University of London). His documentary short, New World Order: Images From The Gulf War received the International Psychohistorian Association’s Emilio Bernabe Award. He has also directed a full-length documentary on jazz radio, 2nd Line and Rebirth, and live-action film, The Salesman. Currently, Thomas is working on an animated film/graphic novel based on The Salesman.

Teaching Interests

Creativity, Film, Photography, Theatre and Dramatic Arts, Dramatic Theory and Literacy, Artistic Theory, Graphic Arts, Digital Media, Digital Cinema, Interdisciplinary Art and Media, Narrative Arts, Visual Arts

Research Interests

Creativity and Identity, Film Theory, Photography and Society, Dramatic Theory and Literacy, Visual Theory and the Formation of the Self, Graphic Design and Social Constructs, Interdisciplinary Art and Media

Courses Taught

DRM
1200
INTRO TO ACTING TECHNIQUE
DRM
2200
INTERMEDIATE ACTING TECHNIQUE
DRM
3200
ADVANCE ACTING TECHNIQUE
DRM
3300
PLAYWRITING
PHO
1500
PHOTOGRAPHY & SOCIETY
PHO
2100
DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FUND
PHO
2200
ALTERNATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY
PHO
4200
DOCUMENTARY PHOTOGRAPHY
TVF
1200
INTRODUCTION TO PRODUCTION
TVF
1506
HOLLYWOOD FILMS OF STUDIO ERA
TVF
1512
AMER FILM & INDEPENDENT ERA
TVF
2204
EDITING: AVID
TVF
2303
SCREENWRITING: NARRATIVE
TVF
4704
PERFORMANCE & COMM ARTS PRACT
TVF
4705
PERFORMING & COMM ARTS PRACTIC
TVF
4706
PERFORMING & COMM ARTS PRACTIC