R.S. Bailey has written, produced, and directed for film, theatre, video and radio throughout a career that began by doing radio commercials as a child during the 50s. He has worked as a producer, director, designer, actor, film and sound editor, business manager, publicist and marketing consultant in film, television, radio, and legitimate theatre.
He majored in theatre and minored in film at San Francisco State College during the tumultuous 60s. At that time he produced talk radio, worked as a film editor at a local television station and began working as a professional actor.
In the 70s he continued producing radio with a late night comedy series on Los Angeles' first underground rock station, KPPC-FM (now KROQ). Additionally, he worked as a lighting designer in live theatre.
A move to Signature Film Distribution brought him to the Signature Films production unit where he worked on over 20 feature-length films as editor, cameraman, writer, and producer. At that time he received an invitation to tour Europe, as an actor, with the world renowned San Quentin Drama Workshop.
The initial 6 week tour became a 5 year run in touring repertory during which Bailey acted in multiple productions, regularly playing London, Paris, and Berlin. He was eventually invited to work with Nobel Prize Laureate Samuel Beckett at the West Berlin Academy of Art (Atlanta's Emory University archives his correspondence with Beckett.)
Returning to the San Francisco area, he became Artistic Director of the Actors' Unit, producing and directing three plays, and a short film on go-kart racing. Additionally, he designed and built the Attic Theatre for the City of Oakland Dept. of Parks and Recreation.
Back in Los Angeles in 1980, he became Director of Press Relations for the Los Angeles Actors' Theatre. Promoted to Associate Director of the theatre, he produced the experimental series L.A. At Midnight and directed plays for the subscription season.
He engineered the marketing campaign that increased season subscriptions 1400% in four years, which enabled LAAT to become the Los Angeles Theatre Center. He continued with LATC as Associate Director, Media Production Coordinator, and Director of Marketing and Communications.
After leaving LATC, he continued his relationship with the organization as a marketing consultant. He produced the award-winning legitimate productions of "Cock & Bull Story" at the Fountainhead Theatre, "The Cage" at the Odyssey Theatre (as well as the video production released by Legacy Home video.), and directed "Beckett's Women" at the Irish Arts Center and produced its subsequent tour to California universities.
He recently produced and directed the audio book of Samuel Beckett's novel "Murphy".
He is the recipient of numerous press awards in Europe and the United States. He has worked as a film and theatre critic and hosted the weekly radio talk show, "Theatre Talk". His still photography has appeared in all of Los Angeles' major publications; his paintings and sculptures have been sold throughout the United States.
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