Richard McMillan made a name for himself in the 1980s as a keystone member of the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival. During his time on the stage, Rick’s outstanding performances drew the attention of the Pittsburgh theatre community.
It is with a heavy heart that we announce that Mr. Richard McMillan passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017. His passion for the theatre is highlighted in his obituary.
Richard McMillan created some of the most memorable characterizations seen on Pittsburgh stages, including Richard III, Hamlet, Cassius, Enobarbus and Jacques. At a time when the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival was reaching its full aesthetic maturity, Richard set new standards of excellence in acting that endeared him to playgoers and drew the attention of other Pittsburgh producers. Throughout the 1990s Rick was seen at the Playhouse Repertory, the City Theatre, and the Pittsburgh Irish and Classical Theatre, making Pittsburgh his second artistic home.
While here, he met and ultimately married Anne Louise Bannon, one of the finest students to graduate from the University of Pittsburgh’s MFA program. Mr. McMillian's final onstage appearances in Pittsburgh were three 2014 performances of A.R. Gurney's "Love Letters," opposite his wife. Proceeds from these performances went to the newly formed Richard McMillian Scholarship Fund. This undergraduate fund, named in honor of the actor "to continue Rick's legacy and dedication to excellence."
The annual income that is distributed by this new fund will be matched by an identical amount from The Dietrich Foundation Endowment Fund for William S. Dietrich II Undergraduate Scholarships. This is an opportunity to contribute to many worthy causes: supporting outstanding theatre students at the University; celebrating the talents of two wonderful actors; and commemorating an institution, the Three Rivers Shakespeare Festival, that brought such lively pleasure to our city.