Thoughts from a Los Angeles Theater Producer

About Me

Ok so here is my expanded theater bio! Also check out this post for why I am writing this blog.

Rick Culbertson has been on many sides of the stage.  As a producer, his production Divorce! The Musical (now titled ‘Till Death Do Us Part)  ran for 5 months in Los Angeles, where it garnered 14 rave reviews including a critic’s choice from The Los Angeles Times, LA Weekly, and Backstage and is currently working on opening both a Chicago and Off-Broadway production.  He is also in development with Runway 69, a musical about a strip club during the mid 90’s clean up of Times Square, The Jews of Calabasas, a musical exploring the lives of three Jewish woman in the suburbs of Los Angeles, and an untitled dance musical focusing on the Southeast Asian sex trade.  On the stage he has performed in New York City, Los Angeles, and multiple national tours, as well as television and film. In Los Angeles he was a member of the 2006 GLAAD award nominated cast of Porcelain, nominated for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater. On the front side of the stage he spent a year of his youth as a member of the Front of House team for the Broadway musical Ragtime, and served for two years as the Box Office Manager for Merkin Concert hall in New York City where he won one of two grants offered by the International Ticketing Association. He also worked for a year as a staff and company member of the award-winning Chance Theater Repertory Company in Anaheim.  Behind the stage he has stage-managed multiple productions in New York and Los Angeles, as well as his native Oregon, and designed and built sets for far too many productions to remember.  Rick is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.

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  1. […] like to introduce one. His name is Rick Culbertson. I may have mentioned him recently in an earlier post.  I’m feeling too lazy to check at the […]

  2. Eugene said, on April 18, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    I read your article in Footlights magazine: “What does the audience have to say?” I found your thesis fascinating that, in essence, you want to listen to the audience. You want to hear what we have to say! That’s great! You deride your colleagues: “More often than not, our creative community shuns patron feedback and patron reviews on Goldstar or Theatre Mania.” However, you are different and you want us to “Tell us (you) what we (you) are doing wrong.”

    So, I am telling you. . . . .oops, you left no way for me to tell you. No phone number, no email, no address, smoke signals, nada. Should I contact Deaf West or Footlights magazine? Throw me a lifepreserver!

    In answer to your final question in your article: “How can you know anyone is listening?” Well, I was talking into thin air because you left me hanging!

    I googled your name and found your blog where I’m leaving you this message. Oh, yes, I’m in the biz, but my wife is not and thus, I do get a civilian perspective. Let’s see if you are listening, and you want to chat.

    • Rick Culbertson said, on April 19, 2010 at 2:12 pm

      Footlights made the decision to not list any contact info on the article. I do agree that it is a bit ironic… But please do reach out to me and Deaf West and let them know what you thought of the production that you saw.

  3. […] of you may already know of Rick as he’s been blogging like a banshee over at his Thoughts from a Los Angeles Theatre Producer […]


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