My name is Rick Ford. I was born and raised in Greenwich, Connecticut and have lived in New York and Los Angeles, but currently own a home with my wife Page not far from the rolling hills of Thomas Jefferson’s residence in Charlottesville, VA. We divide our time between New York City, acting assignments, traveling for family visits and taking walks with our two joyful miniature poodles, Chloe and Willie.
I was a second grader when I first discovered I had a talent for storytelling, developing my skill through declamation contests and by having an encouraging grandmother, who as a child didn’t mind me standing on her dinning room chairs to sing holiday songs at family dinner parties. With the encouragement of my mother and father, I earned a BFA degree in Acting and Directing at Ithaca College. While at Ithaca I toured Germany for the USO in a production of Carnival where I was introduced to the craft of puppetry, which later lead to my first acting job as Dandy, the mascot for the New York Yankees.
Work followed over the years in off-Broadway productions, television commercials, prestigious regional theaters, sitcoms and in film roles as far off as Africa, but ten years in Hollywood made me realize how much I missed my east coast roots, so I returned from Tinseltown to earn my MA degree from NYU in Communication and Film thinking I would like to pursue a career behind the footlights.
However, the lure of training for the classical theatre was strong and I was lucky enough to land a fellowship to study at the University of Delaware’s Professional Theatre Training Program. The additional training was imperative in opening new doors with classical repertory theaters such as the Utah Shakespeare Festival, The Resident Ensemble Players, The Guthrie Theatre and touring the country with the famed The Acting Company.
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