Ricardo Vila-Roger - Richard E. Rauh Teaching Artist-In-Residence
Ricardo is a Pittsburgh-based actor, singer, and director. He was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder where he studied acting, directing, and voice. While in CO, he worked as an actor, singer, director, scenic painter, and properties designer and studied under numerous teachers (including a week-long Shakespeare intensive with Martin Jenkins, the director of BBC Radio Drama, and a dance workshop with Ben Vereen). He received a Peak Area Performance Award (PAPA) nomination for best actor for playing Yvan in the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center Repertory Theater Company’s production of Yasmina Reza’s Art. Since moving to Pittsburgh, he has appeared in the regional premier of Fixing King John and Orange Flower Water as well as the world premier of Oedipus and the Foul Mess in Thebes with No Name Players. He directed the regional premier of Dead Man’s Cell Phone — the inaugural production of Organic Theatre Pittsburgh— which was named best new theater company by The Pittsburgh Post Gazette. Recent productions include Man of La Mancha for The Company of Pittsburgh, the world premier of OJO with Bricolage, and In the Heights here at UP Stages. Ricardo will teach Introduction to Performance and serve as a mentor and acting coach for undergraduate performers.