Rick recently retired Professor Emeritus from Southwestern University Department of Theater near Austin, TX in 2015, where he served as Chair/Artistic Director for 15 years. Rick received his PhD in Theatre History/Theory/Directing Styles from UCLA in 1996, and is the author of Charles Ludlam and the Ridiculous Theatrical Company, currently in its 2nd edition. (McFarland, 1998 and 2010). Rick is a seasoned director, actor, voice actor, teacher, acting/vocal coach and writer. His acting career has spanned over 40 years, and his directing and teaching careers both for over 20 years. Creating engaging, provocative and entertaining theatrical art is his passion.