Ric recently stepped down as chair of the Theatre Department and celebrated 25 years of service to Ashland University by again directing Equus, the first show he ever directed at Ashland University In his tenure Ric has directed over 50 productions. Favorites include Of Mice and Men, Equus, Cabaret, Richard Taylor's Whistle Down the Wind (North American premiere), and the world premiere of Divide the Living Child, as part of The College of Arts and Sciences Symposium on the Holocaust. Ric has also acted in numerous Ashland University productions. Two highlights include How I Learned to Drive, opposite his daughter Erin (now pursing a acting career in NYC) and Proof. Both productions were directed by Ric's mentor and friend, Professor Emeritus Murray Hudson. Prior to coming to Ashland, Ric taught at the University of Wisconsin - River Falls and worked as a professional film and commercial actor and stuntman in Los Angeles. Ric holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Ashland University, a Master of Arts in Theatre from the University of Akron, and a Master of Fine Arts in Acting from Wayne State University. Ric is on the State Board for the Ohio Educational Theatre Association and is a charter member of that organization's Hall of Fame. Ric has also been a member of the Society of American Fight Directors and has numerous credits. He has over 100 stage combat, acting and directing credits in professional, community and educational theatre, including productions in California, Missouri, Michigan, and New Hampshire, as well as Ohio.