Richard Alfieri was born in Florida, graduated from Yale University, and began his professional career in New York. He wrote the feature film Echoes and the novel Ricardo - Diary of a Matinee Idol. He produced the feature film Rescue Me and executive-produced the NBC film False Witness. He wrote the film adaptation of Robert James Waller's novel Puerto Vallarta Squeeze. His play The Sisters, suggested by Chekhov’s Three Sisters, premiered in Los Angeles at the Pasadena Playhouse and is published by Samuel French. Mr. Alfieri adapted the play for feature-film production, and the film premiered as an Official Selection at both the Tribeca and Hollywood Film Festivals. The Sisters subsequently won the Santa Fe Film Festival’s Milagro Award for Best American Independent Film.
Mr. Alfieri was awarded the Grand Prize at the New York Film and Television Festival and a Writers Guild Award nomination for his screenplay for the film A Friendship In Vienna. He received a Writers Guild Award for the Hallmark Hall of Fame film Harvest of Fire. He also received a Writers Guild Award and an Emmy nomination for his work on Norman Lear's ABC special I Love Liberty. His new play, Revolutions, premiered at the Barter Theater.
Mr. Alfieri’s play Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks, also published by Samuel French, opened on Broadway at the Belasco Theater. The play premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles with Uta Hagen in her final role. It has since been translated into 14 languages and has opened around the world in 24 countries with productions in London, Berlin, Sydney, Madrid, Vienna, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Helsinki, Budapest, Amsterdam, Prague, Hamburg, Stuttgart, Munich, Melbourne, Jerusalem, Istanbul, Athens, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, and other cities. Mr. Alfieri wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, starring Gena Rowlands and Cheyenne Jackson, which is currently opening worldwide.