Ricardo Vázquez is an award winning actor and multi-disciplinary theater creator. As an actor he has worked in New York with Atlantic Theater, New York Stage and Film, HERE Center for the Arts, the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, Mass MOCA Museum, and Dixon Place, and has appeared regionally on stages including the Guthrie Theatre, Children's Theatre Company, Mixed Blood Theatre, Teatro del Pueblo and the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. He has appeared in feature films such as Nina of the Woods, Farmer of the Year, The Public Domain, and Death to Prom, and regularly appears on TV as a guest host on Shop HQ home shopping network. In collaboration with Tony Award winner Robert Rosen, he has created two solo pieces that celebrate the history of Puerto Rico: Juracán: The Jíbaro and his Three Sons, and Escúchame. Directing credits include Transmission in Advance of the Second Great Dying (The Juilliard School) Marisol (Theatre Coup d'Etat) and Zero-Infinity Flight Path (Augsburg College). Through his production company Other Tiger Productions (co-founded with playwright Jessica Huang), he has co-created, produced, and directed new work such as The Palabras Project, which celebrated the work of Federico Gracía Lorca; My Journey, My Music with the St. Paul Chamber orchestra; and Over The Barrel: A Prohibition Musical with PlaceBase Productions. He is a Playwrights' Center Jerome Many Voices Fellow; a Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative grantee, and received the coveted Twin Cities IVEY Award for Emerging Artist in 2013.
"In order for you to take that first step onstage, you have to be committed with every fiber, every fluid ounce of your being. Acting requires that level of dedication and sacrifice in every moment."
- Ricardo Vázquez from Offstage Voices Life in Twin Cities Theater by Peg Guilfoyle
After graduating from The University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater B.F.A. Actor Training Program, Ricardo became involved with education/engagement programming for low-income schools and non-traditional audiences in Montgomery AL, New York City and the Twin Cities. Ricardo has also been a guest teaching artist with the Guthrie Theatre/University of Minnesota, Augsburg College, History Theater, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Z Puppets Rosenschnoz, Teatro del Pueblo, Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival, and Ten Thousand Things. He was awarded the 2012-2013 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, 2013 Emerging Artist IVEY Award, and the 2018 Artists Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board.
An advocate for the Latino community, Ricardo has created Spanish-language adaptations/translations of classic plays and new work. In 2013, Ricardo worked with Park Square Theatre to include Mexican migrant workers in their first bilingual production Of Mice and Men. The performance played to 4600 students (34% of color) and was revived in 2015 and 2017. In 2017, he assisted in the formation of ALMA (Alliance of Latinx Minnesota Artists), an online database for Minnesota-based Latinx artists.