Richard V. Riddell is an American lighting designer.
He graduated from Knox College with a B.A. with honors in 1972. In 1978, he received his doctorate from Stanford University.
He has had extensive teaching experience, working at such schools as the University of California, San Diego, Harvard University. He finally moved to Duke University, where he became vice president as well as university secretary and assistant to the president, Richard H. Brodhead.
Riddell has also worked on numerous shows, including two Broadway shows: A Walk in the Woods and Big River. He mostly designed lighting for the shows, but occasionally dabbled in scenic design.
He is also published many articles in different magazines and newspapers such as American Theater, The New York Times, TheaterWeek, The Drama Review, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Contemporary Designers, and Theater Crafts.