Welcome to the Official Website Of Rodney Hicks. Your visit is appreciated.
Wishing everyone a beautiful 2018. May it be prosperous and filled with an abundance of love, hope and peace for an even better tomorrow.
May joy reside in the little things and humbled grace shine through.
Last year I was diagnosed with a neurological disorder called Spasmodic Dysphonia. A form of Dystonia that affects the voice.
Although professional singing is still not an option, yet, thanks to ongoing treatment and voice therapy I have made tremendous progress and my speaking voice is in very good working condition.
A year ago we did not think this would be possible.
Beyond grateful for it all.
For more information on Spasmodic Dysphonia please visit www.dysphonia.org
As an actor, most recently, Rodney originated the role of Bob and Others in the multiple award winning Broadway musical, Come From Away, playing at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre on W. 45th St.
His final Broadway performance was on Wednesday June 15th 2017.
He can be heard on the Original Broadway Cast Recoding of Come From Away.
Written and Composed by Irene Sankoff and David Hein. Directed by Tony Award Winner Christopher Ashley with Musical Staging by Tony Nominee Kelly Devine.
Rodney received a 2017 Helen Hayes Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his work as Bob and Others in Come From Away at The Ford's Theatre in DC. He also received a 2015 Gypsy Rose Lee Award Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical for his work as Bob and Others in Come From Away at Seattle Repertory Theatre.
He originated the role of Clarence Norris in the Off-Broadway, Minneapolis and the subsequent Broadway run of Kander & Ebb's The Scottsboro Boys.
He received a Barrymore Award for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for his work as Haywood Patterson in The Scottsboro Boys at The Philadelphia Theatre Company. Directed & Choreographed by Susan Stroman as well.
Rodney was in the Original and Closing casts of the Landmark Off-Broadway and Broadway hit RENT. Directed by Michael Greif. Choreographed by Marlies Yearby.
His performance of Benjamin Coffin III can be seen on the RENT: Live on Broadway DVD.
In 2000 Hicks portrayed Peter in the Broadway revival of Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar. Directed by Gayle Edwards. Choreography by Anthony Van Laast.
Rodney received an Audelco Award Nomination for Outstanding Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Philly in the Off-Broadway musical, From My Hometown by Lee Summers. Directed by Kevin Ramsey and Choreographed by Leslie Dockery. The Grammercy Theatre. NYC.
He has a host of regional credits including work at Portland Center Stage, Denver Theatre Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, The Geva Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, among others.
TV and Film credits can be found by visiting www.imdb.com
His play, NC-17., a coming of age story for today, received an American Playwriting Foundation Relentless Award honorable mention in March of 2017.
Rodney's second play is called brothers. a Tall Tale. It is a three character play with songs about a family coming of age -told through the eyes of a 37 year old Black drag queen named Pearl.
Presented by Jaime McGonnigal, Hicks directed the 2007 Concert staging of Elizabeth Swados' RUNAWAYS at Joe's Pub at The Public Theatre.
A portion of the concert's proceeds went to the Joey DiPaola AIDS Foundation and CAMP T.L.C
(for more info on Camp TLC please visit www.thecamptlc.org it is a camp experience that connects children who have experienced medical or life trauma)
It was a thrill to be able to learn and work with Liz. It was a true honor to have her in attendance, attend a rehearsal with a note session I would not soon forget.
Liz Swados has been someone I have longed admired. An inspiration. From reading RUNAWAYS and her other plays, her autobiography, 'My Depression', watching the original cast many times at Lincoln Center Library years ago, to sitting across from her in her loft. Taking her and all that she was -in. She epitomized Living and Art. Everything she had been through in her life. She was a true survivor.
When I met and worked with Liz back in 2002 I was simply trying to survive and for some years after.
She challenged and encouraged me with her frank truth. She saw me.
Meeting and working with Liz is something that I will always treasure.
What a joy to celebrate RUNAWAY's 40 year Anniversary with that memory.
Among the talented cast were then unknowns -Alex Brightman (School of Rock), Ezra Miller (Flashpoint, Perks of Being a Wallflower), Karla Mosley (The Bold and the Beautiful), Idara Victor (Turn, Risoli & Isles), Max Jenkins (The Mysteries of Laura) Karen DiConcetto (creator of the TV show Recovery Road), Eric Nelsen (All My Children, The Bay), Eric Anthony (Broadway's Hairspray, Mary Poppins) among others.
At 22 Rodney directed the musical farce, Guess Who's Comin' for Chitlins' by Jerry Dixon. It performed at The Triad in NYC, 1995.
Rodney taught as an adjunct professor of Acting at Portland State University from 2013-2015. He also owned and operated the Present Moment Actors Studio during this time as well.
On Sunday December 17, 2017 I decided to unplug from the world of Social Media to focus on getting out and living life. Spending more time with family, supporting friends, traveling, playwriting, artist work and loving my amazing husband and our two dogs.
Life is a gift. A very precious gift. Some never understand the reality of that. Some grow for the reality of that. We all heal from the reality of that.
Celebrate life. Celebrate growth. Celebrate being Alive.
Peace and Love to us All
*Photograph by Jeffrey Mosier Photography