"The Special Relationship Between a Regional Theatre and Its Community"
Rick is in his fourth season as artistic director at San Jose Rep, where he has directed Spring Awakening, the world premiere of Love in American Times, The Dresser, Black Pearl Sings!, The Weir, and As You Like It, which received nominations for outstanding production and outstanding direction by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle.
He was the artistic director for 13 years at the award-winning New Repertory Theatre, the leading mid-size resident theatre in the greater-Boston area. In 2009, he was awarded the Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence from the Boston Theatre Critics Association for his work at New Rep. He is also the recipient of four individual Elliot Norton Awards and is a nine-time winner of the “IRNE” Award for his productions of The Clean House, Sweeney Todd, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ragtime, Waiting for Godot, and The Weir.
His world premiere of According to Tip transferred to Boston’s theatre district in 2009, and his New Rep production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob enjoyed an extended run off-Broadway in 2007.
In the New England area, Mr. Lombardo also directed at Opera Boston, the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater, and the Actors Shakespeare Project, among others. He was previously artistic director of the Players Guild in Ohio, co-director of the theatre program at Fordham University’s College at Lincoln Center, as well as founding artistic director of the Stillwaters Theatre Company in New York City.
Mr. Lombardo is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers and lives in San Jose with his wife, actress Rachel Harker, and daughter.