RICK SPARKS                            

Rick Sparks is the recipient of 20 Theatre Awards for his work as writer, director, choreographer, producer, and sound designer. 
When the runaway hits Divorce The Musical, and Schoolhouse Rock Live Too ran simultaneously and both L.A. Times Critics’ Choices, they inspired the national publication Backstage to claim Rick “one of five stage ‘Directors You Ought To Know” in the country. This followed his critically acclaimed and highly awarded adaptation and direction of They Shoot Horses Don’t They?.  This immersive depression era drama galloped away as the commercial and critical hit of its season grabbing 17 Theatre Award wins, and most recently had been optioned by Harvard University.  
I Love Lucy Live On Stage (Directed, Staged, and Co-Adapted by Rick) just took pause at end of it's second year of a National Tour roaming the US and Canada. It premiered and ran for 109 sold out performances in Los Angeles, then moved to a long run in Chicago at the Broadway Playhouse. 

 ‘It’s a Valentine to America’s favorite foursome’, says Sparks. The premier production went on to grab 8 Broadway World Awards including Best Musical and Best Director, and a StageScene award for Rick's Direction as well as an Ovation nom.  In March of 2015, the show went on to win the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circles' "Best Touring Performance" Award.
Some other direction and staging credits of Rick's include A Clockwork Orange (2nd Drama Critic’s Circle Award), Psycho Beach Party (L.A. premier and multi award winner), Down South (NY and L.A. productions), Clutter by Mark Saltzman, the west coast premier of John Patrick Shanley’s Where’s My Money?, Highballs Ahoy!, Dead Bride Running, A Charlie Brown Commercial Christmas, Daddy, Trio, The Nothing Boys, Don’t Talk to the Actors, That Perfect Moment, Kiss Me Kate, There’s No Place Like Hollywood, Tallulah, Inconceivable, Tiger By The Tail, Mutt HouseLove Quest. and Sheila Sands Live At The Roxy produced by Lily Tomlin. Most recently Rick is in development of the new musical Doc Holliday.
As ACTOR -  Rick made his Broadway debut replacing Terrance V. Mann (original Rum Tum Tugger) on Broadway in CATS at the Winter Garden Theatre for a two year run. Soon after he was an original cast member for the first national tour of LES MISERABLES, appearing at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center, & Boston’s Schubert Theatre.  
After originating the role of ‘choreographer’ in the American (Los Angeles) debut of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s SUNSET BLVD, Rick returned to Broadway to recreate his role for the Tony winning production starring Glenn Close at the Minskoff Theatre.

Rick received his equity card from WEST SIDE STORY starring Lisa Mordente, directed by her mother Chita Rivera and father Tony Mordente’. After his award winning stint at San Diego Repertory playing Elvis Presley in their American premier of ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT?,  Rick traveled to Chicago.  There he appeared as Edith’s lover Theo in the Apollo Theater production of BRAVO! A MUSIAL PORTRAIT OF EDITH PIAF, and David Bell’s production of CHICAGO.  Soon after Rick was cast in the ground breaking original company of Wisdom Bridge Theatre’s KABUKI MEDEA.  The spectacle eventually toured to the Hannah Theatre in Ohio & Washington DC’s Kennedy Center to rave reviews. 


  RECIPIENT of 20 Theatre Awards

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