Working with Richard is transformational. His program changed my life.

--Tom Kelley General Manager IDEO

Richard Butterfield, MFA

Richard Butterfield works coast to coast as a strategic communication, presentation and media skills consultant, conducting workshops and coaching sessions for business executives, physicians, lawyers, entrepreneurs, and other professionals. He specializes in high stakes presentations, program and product messaging, product launches, public speaking, media training, and facilitation.


Professional Background


Butterfield’s approach to persuasive presentations draws on his extensive experience as an actor, acting teacher, and director and is informed by a decade of public relations and marketing experience. A Stanford University graduate, he received his master’s degree from the renowned American Conservatory Theater MFA program, where he later served as Conservatory Dean.

As a Bay Area actor, teacher and arts administrator, Richard Butterfield taught in all of the American Conservatory Theater’s training programs and served as Dean of its MFA accredited Conservatory. He served as Director of Educational Programs at the California Shakespeare Festival, winning the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle’s prestigious Paine Knickerbocker Award for outstanding educational outreach programs for youth. He also designed the curriculum and served as Program Director and teacher trainer for the Compelling Communications Program at the Academy of Art University. He has also taught at Contra Costa College, The Academy of Art University, and The San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

He is the author of It’s Showtime! Richard Butterfield’s Power of Persuasion: Communication and Presentation Skills for Every Profession.



During nine seasons with A.C.T., he played such roles as Edgar in King Lear, the Soldier in Sunday in the Park with George, Pale in Burn This and Charles Darney in A Tale of Two Cities. Butterfield has also been seen at Theatre on the Square (Picasso in Picasso at the Lapin Agile) the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival (Boys from Syracuse), American Musical Theatre of San Jose (Grand Hotel and Man of La Mancha), Berkeley Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Repertory Theater, and Theatreworks (The Secret Garden). Film and television credits include Lewis & Clark & George, 68′, Nash Bridges and Midnight Caller.

Meet the Butterfield Speaks Team.