In 1992 Rick composed music for West, his musical debut in theatre, at the Lookingglass Theatre Company in Chicago, Illinois.
For the next several years the majority of Rick’s creative time was taken up by his pop rock band making records and going on world tours although, he was able to squeeze in time to compose music for several hilarious Lookingglass musicals along the way.
In 2005, Rick took an assistant position with Andre Pluess and began devoting himself to a full time theatre sound design and composing career. Since 2005 he has composed music and designed sound for countless world premiers in Chicago and nationally. Rick is experienced in composing a wide variety of music. His composition styles include Latin, Cuban, Classical, ballads, Irish, Middle Eastern, Ambient, Hip Hop, and, of course, Rock.
Highlights of Rick’s rock career include forming his band Didjits, touring and recording with Fred Schneider of the B-52’s, recording and playing Farm-Aid with Willie Nelson and writing a song for the Offspring record Smash which went on to sell more than 10 million copies.
Rick feels he has developed a keen sense of how to successfully integrate sound design into a play in a way that compliments and lifts the piece in a global way. He believes that his pop rock background, along with the experience he has gained in theatre, has given him a unique perspective on how to make music work in the theatrical environment.