Rick has served as the USA’s most prolific fight director for over 28 years. He and his son, Christian, created Sordelet Inc., an action-based movement company providing stunt coordination, fight direction, weapons rental and intimacy consulting for film, television, opera, ballet and theatre.
Beauty and the Beast was Rick’s first Broadway show. He is thrilled to be working with members of the original team who brought you this excellent production two decades ago. He has been the Fight Director for most of Disney’s shows in the USA and worldwide including The Lion King, Aida, Tarzan and The Little Mermaid. These shows add to over 80 shows on Broadway, most recently Take Me Out and Tina – the Tina Turner Musical. In Autumn 2021 Rick and Christian will be working on Paradise Square, opening in Chicago then on Broadway in 2022. They are the resident Fight Directors for the Santa Fe Opera where they staged the fights for As You Like It and Eugene Onegin.
Rick and Christian are also stunt coordinators for television and film, including 12 years with Guiding Light, four years with One Life to Live, both seasons of Kevin Can Wait and The Crew. Their most recent film is Ben is Back starring Julia Roberts, and in 2021 they will stunt coordinate the film One True Loves starring Simu Liu, Phillippa Soo and Luke Bracey, and directed by Andy Fickman.
Rick taught at Yale School of Drama for 22 years and as well as NYU, Rutgers University, Kean University, Montclair State and The William Esper Studio. From Fight Direction and teaching, Rick developed into a writer, selling several screenplays and a television series. He is also a produced playwright.
He and his partner, David Blixt run an E-Publishing Company called SordeletINK. His play MIIGWICH the thank you play was recently featured on Marshall Jones’ Stream On viewing platform, seen worldwide.