Member Profiles

Rick Snyder


He has appeared in over forty productions on the Steppenwolf stage including, Man From Nebraska and August: Osage County. Other memorable Steppenwolf credits include, Time of Your LifeMolly SweeneyBeauty Queen of Leenane, The Grapes of Wrath, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Picasso at the Lapin Agile and A Walk in the Woods. In addition, he played Ebenezer Scrooge and Bob Cratchit at the Goodman Theatre, and did numerous television appearances including guest starring roles on Crime Story, Early Edition, Chicago Hope, Angel Street, The Untouchables, and Missing Persons. Some of hisfilm credits include The Tuskegee Airmen, The Net, Whiteboys, Soul Survivors, U.S. Marshalls, and The Human Stain.
Also a director, at Steppenwolf Rick directed Tavern StoryThings Being What They AreThe Fall to EarthLast of the BoysBetrayaland Art. Rick’s Steppenwolf production of Orange Flower Waterreceived critical and audience acclaim both at Steppenwolf and at the Galway Arts Festival in Ireland.Other directing credits include,God of Carnage at the Goodman Theatre and In the Company of Men at Profiles Theatre, where he also directed Killer Joe which won Jeff Awards for Outstanding Production and Director. He also directed Bus Stop and Lion in Winter at Writers Theatre (named the best revival of 2008 by the Wall Street Journal), Mauritius at Northlight, Oleanna and Speed the Plow at ATC and Aristocrats at StrawdogTheatre. In 2010, the Wallstreet Journal named Rick as one of the best directors in Chicago.

Rick taught in the Film and Video Department at Columbia College and has taught advanced acting classes at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Gustavus Adolphus College and The School at Steppenwolf. Rick will be forever grateful for being a part of Steppenwolf Theatre. He is now retired and lives, with his wife Susan, on a lake in northern Minnesota.

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Credits & Awards


The Tuskegee Airmen; Heart of Love; Soul Survivors; U. S. Marshalls; The Net; White Boys; The Human Stain.


A Christmas Carol, As You Like It (Goodman Theatre); The Rear Column, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolfe (Northlight) Director Art, Betrayal, Last of the Boys, The Fall to Earth, Orange Flower Water, Things Being What They Are, Tavern Story (Steppenwolf); The Actor; Jolly and The Disappearance of the Jews (Goodman); Killer Joe, The Men of Tortuga (Profiles Theatre); The Lion In Winter, Bus Stop (Writers's Theatre); Oleanna, Speed the Plow, St. Scarlet (ATC); Aristocrats (Strawdog Theatre); Cadillac (TWS)


Chicago Hope (CBS); Missing Persons; Early Edition (CBS); Profiler (NBC); The Untouchables (ABC).

Member Profiles

Rick Snyder

Rick  Snyder