Richard EndacottAssociate Professor
Area of Focus: Film and New Media
Richard Endacott, is a Nebraska native who spent his childhood on a cattle ranch outside of Lincoln. He received his B.A. in Political Science from The Colorado College, graduating in 1984. After college, Endacott served as an intern for Archive Film Productions in New York City and worked in the cable television industry as a writer/producer. In 1990, he received his M.S. in Film Production from the Boston University College of Communication. In addition to producing and directing the films Ice River Journal, One Saturday Morning and Growing Futures, he was also actively involved with Film Unit, a student-run production company.
In 1990, Endacott moved to Los Angeles where he started as a film location manager for I.R.S. Media and a year later joined Edward Asner’s Quince Productions, Inc. Returning to Nebraska in 1993, he teamed up with Dana Altman (grandson of Robert Altman) and Dan Mirvish (Slamdance film festival founder), to produce Omaha: the movie. The Endacott/Altman relationship soon evolved into a long-term business partnership and in 1994 they created North Sea Films, Inc. With North Sea Films, Endacott produced a variety of film and television projects, including the televison series pilot Diggin’ In with Roger Welsch, the concert special Through the Music for David Crosby’s band CPR, and two half-hour dramatic films on HIV/AIDS entitled Porch Light and Through the Window. His final project with North Sea Films was the feature film The Private Public.
In August of 1999, Endacott joined the faculty of the University of Nebraska Department of Theatre Arts and in 2000 became the first full-time Assistant Professor of Film Production at UNL. In 2006 he was tenured and promoted to Associate Professor. Over the past sixteen years, Endacott and his film colleagues have developed the Film and New Media emphasis at UNL from a handful of courses into a full-fledged undergraduate program in film, with many graduates going on to successful careers in the film and television industry.
When not teaching, Endacott continues to write, produce and direct. With a research interest in theatre pedagogy and media, he has produced and directed more than 30 titles in the Broadway Jr. and KIDS Collection series for Music Theatre International. As an offshoot of that work, he and a colleague from Penn State University recently completed the pilot episode of a new video education series on technical theatre for the non-technical. Endacott has produced two Carson School film series projects: Vipers in the Grass and DIGS. In 2013, Endacott wrote, produced and co-directed the feature film, Laurence, which was shot in New York City and Long Island. The film is expected to release in 2015.