Richard Gustin has been a member of the UW-Fond du Lac faculty since 1998 and has been teaching at the campus since 1994. As an undergraduate at UW-Stevens Point, he was a recipient of the James H. Albertson award, the highest student award given in recognition of outstanding leadership, scholarship and campus citizenship at that university.
Professor Gustin is a member of Actors' Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers of the United States. He has appeared in major roles at regional theatres including Milwaukee Repertory Theater, Milwaukee's Chamber Theatre, First Stage Milwaukee, Acacia Theatre, Kansas City Repertory Theater, Cleveland's Great Lakes Theatre Festival, Chicago's Ivanhoe Theatre, Philadelphia's Walnut Street Theatre and the Virginia Museum Theatre.
He has directed over 50 theater department mainstage productions for the UW Colleges and teaches theater laboratory courses in acting, technical production and management along with introduction to theatre, acting, literature in performance and public speaking courses.
His play, Being Seen was produced at the International Fringe Festival of New York in 2015 starring Broadway actor, William Youmans and Allison Minick and was voted an Audience Favorite. His play, Surviving The Cycle which deals with Intimate Partner Violence was produced at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac in 2013 and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2014. His other plays include A Sparrow Falls, Concentric Circles, Switch, Leviathan and Crucifiction.
Richard was awarded the UW Colleges' Arthur M. Kaplan Award for his outstanding contribution to education of students at UW-Fond du Lac for the 2001-02, 2002-03, 2003-04, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13 and 2014-15 academic years. In 2015 he received the Alliant Energy Underkofler Award for Teaching Excellence in the UW Colleges.