Ngāti Kahungunu Ki Heretaunga and Tūhoe
Richard Te Are is an actor, director, and theatre deviser from New Zealand. He is a graduate of Toi Whakaari New Zealand Drama School. Since graduating in 2017, Richard has gone on to play various roles, notably his portrayal of Teina Pora in In Dark Places. He has landed roles in international features shooting in both Australia and Fiji, and also made his UK debut in Working Titles BBC mini-series The Luminaries in 2020. Alongside his film credits, Richard loves to keep the flame lit for theatre. At drama school he devised a hit solo show, Super Maori Boy which he is currently turning into a web series.
In 2019–2020 he had his first professional theatre show working with Nightsong Productions’ Mr. Red Light. Richard is thrilled to be working with Auckland Theatre Company on The Haka Party Incident as it aligns deeply with the reason he loves acting.
"I’m most interested in creating truthful work that will inspire the rangatahi of today to believe in themselves and help change the world for the better."