Bio: Rick Thomas is a teacher, writer and performer. He is a Clinical Assistant Professor who currently teaches ethics, management and professional presence courses at the University of Illinois at Chicago Business College. He is a licensed attorney who previously practiced primarily in the area of Professional Responsibility. He was named a 2015-2016 Master Teaching Scholar at UIC, one of 14 teachers so honored. He is an alumnus of Chicago’s Second City resident main stage acting company. He co-wrote and performed in the Second City revues Exit Pursued by a Bear, Glenna Loved It!, and Orwell that Ends Well (which was also produced Off- Broadway at New York’s Village Gate). His work at Second City was well-reviewed by many critics including Frank Rich of The New York Times and John Simon of New York Magazine, and received Obie and Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for ensemble acting. Rick directed Second City’s National Touring Company developing young talent including Chris Farley, Stephen Colbert, Jeff Garlin and Amy Sedaris. He has done film acting work for Mike Nichols and Woody Allen, and free-lance writing for Saturday Night Live and Sesame Street. Rick has performed stand-up comedy at New York’s Improv. He wrote and performed the one man theatrical shows “The Rick Show” and “Good Times” which were produced at Second City’s E.T.C. and New York’s West Bank Café. The shows were praised by Second City Founder Paul Sills as “the greatest evenings of theater since Lenny Bruce.” He also performed as part of the comedy line-up of “The Free Show” at the West Bank Café’ hosted by Lewis Black. Rick co-directed “The Eddie Gaedel Project” with Dan Castelleneta (the voice of Homer Simpson). He also worked in a comedy group with Saturday Night Live’s Nora Dunn and Christine Zander and the musical satirist Mark Nutter. He was chosen to perform in Second City’s 50th Anniversary Alumni Show and for an audience including former President Jimmy Carter. In April, he directed the Chicago production of "Boogie Stomp" starring the world-class musicians Bob Baldorri and Arthur Migliazza. This July he participated in the "Play Prov "Retreat on Cape Cod with Dan Castelleneta, Deb Lacusta ("Simpsons"' writer), Jonathan Stark (creator of "According to Jim"), Jeffrey Sweet (award-winning playwright and author), and Michael Gellman (Second City teacher and director) among others (noted improvisers from Boston and New York). He improvised scenes there to be used in the development of plays now in pre-production.

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