Rick McVey

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A scene with Jeb Aufiero and Vincent Felice from the short film "Hen and Ham" just released by Elias Gandy and his production company, GandyVisible.

About Rick

Rick McVey’s career is as extensive and wide-ranging as any actor in America.

Rick has appeared in over one hundred professional theatrical productions in roles ranging from George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life to Chief Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night, from Inspector Javert in Les Misérables to Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast.

He has narrated over a dozen audiobooks, both fiction and non-fiction, written and produced two award-winning films, was a broadcast television Director of Production and Producing Director for a radio theater company.

From the sublime to the ridiculous and all the shades in between, Rick brings talent, commitment and experience to every project every time.

Featured Video

A scene with Jeb Aufiero and Vincent Felice from the short film "Hen and Ham" just released by Elias Gandy and his production company, GandyVisible.

News & Updates

In what I hope was the first of many visits, I went to Richmond, Kentucky last week to shoot scenes for the pilot episodes of “The Home”.  It’s a comedy from DMZ Productions and producer/director Darren Zancan set in a nursing home staffed by an eclectic band of characters who tend to a bizarre family of residents – of whom I am one (along with Buzz Leer and Pete Berwick, pictured here.)  The storylines mostly rotate around the staff with the residents occasionally popping up to throw a few curveballs.  We shot enough scenes for the first four episodes and Darren got that done in four days – an incredible amount of work.  With luck, the show will get picked up and more episodes will be shot in the future.  It’s really an outstanding cast and it was a pleasure to be part of the show, really a lot of fun.  So let’s all hope for more to come!

Excited to announce that I’ve signed my contract with DMZ Productions to play the role of Doug in pilot episodes of  “The Home”.  The series will be shot in Kentucky in July.  The show will follow the adventures (and misadventures) of the staff and residents of an assisted living center.  It’s the brainchild of director/producer Darren Zancan and is based on his past real-life experiences working in a nursing home.  In Darren’s words “it’s fun, it’s weird, it’s different…It’s built around these fun personalities that come together” that work and live in “The Home”.  My audition for the show was one of the most fun audition experiences I’ve ever had.  I think the show is going to be a blast.

Recently did an interview with Kyle Hannah and Gene Rowley from Jumpmaster Press for their interview series:  Under the Canopy.  What a great time!  Really enjoyed talking with these guys.  I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of recording narration for several audiobooks published under the Jumpmaster Press label.  Just follow this link:

Now that we’re all beginning to see some light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, shooting is starting to kick back into gear for production companies across the country.  I’ll be working for three different productions this summer:  David Alford’s Cross Purposes Productions, right off the heels of his super successful release “Found” will be shooting a new feature this summer: Royal Ashes.  I’ll be playing a music store owner named Mahoney.  I’ve also been cast as Doug, a resident of an assisted living center, in “The Home” a comedy series scheduled to start shooting in Kentucky in July.  The series is being produced by DMZ Productions. Later in the summer I’ll play a crusty Appalachian patriarch named Waylon Dumont in a web-series entitled “Kith and Kin”. That series is produced by Outtake Productions, shooting in North Carolina.  I’ll have more details on all these projects as the summer progresses!

Just wrapped production for my latest audiobook narration for Jumpmaster Press:  R. Kyle Hannah’s “Lighthouse Keeper”.  I’ve had the pleasure of narrating several of Kyle’s books but prior to this one they had all been science fiction, probably my favorite genre.  “Lighthouse Keeper” is a fantasy, full of wizards and warriors, flying horses and unicorns and I have to say that it was one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve done.  Kyle does a wonderful job of creating characters and situations that capture a reader’s attention and doesn’t let go.  So if you’re a fan of fantasy (or even, like me, if it’s not usually your favorite genre) I highly recommend the book and – a little later this year – the audiobook!

Trying to deal with the pandemic has been challenging for everybody but for the performing arts it’s been devastating.  Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Katy Brown, however, Barter Theatre has been doing some very innovative programming.  Starting last summer and continuing on in 2021, Barter has been presenting a full slate of shows for the whole family at the Moonlite Drive-In.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have been involved in the development of the video team that shoots the live performances and simulcasts them on the big screen.  Check out the full range of shows that Barter is offering to help get us all through these challenging times with some great entertainment at bartertheatre.com

I had the great privilege of working on the short film “Hen & Ham” this past fall.  I played a crusty old junkyard owner (beard and all!) named Rusty.  The film was written and produced in Kannapolis, NC by an impressive young filmmaker named Elias Gandy.  I really enjoyed working on the project, including the chance to work with a pair of talented young actors:  Jeb Aufiero (on the left) played Hen and Vincent Felice (in the middle) played my junkyard sidekick, Buddy.  “Hen & Ham” is scheduled for release in March 2021.

Congratulations to my friend and fellow Barter alumni David Alford and his company, Cross Purposes Productions. His new feature film, “Found” premiered in theaters in 2020 and  is being distributed in 2021 by Bridgestone Multimedia Group!   The film stars Joseph Stam as Finch and Wendy Piper as Janelle Brennan and features some old Barter Theatre friends in several roles.  I play Sheriff Bob Callier.  “Found” is the story of a young Appalachian teen who has been raised isolated in the mountains and who is suddenly orphaned and thrown into the modern world. (Check out another short clip from the film in the “Video Reel” section of my Gallery.)

The Washington County Public Library has created a webpage specifically for the Dial-a-Story children’s books that I’ve been recording over the past few years.  Check it out at dialastoryweb.netlify.app/.  The site has every story that I’ve recorded for the past three years and they’re all categorized by different subject matter, from humor to animals to holidays – well over a hundred books with new stories added every month.  It’s one of the most fun and rewarding projects on which I’ve ever worked. By the way, you can still access the most recent Dial-a-Story offerings at the WCPL website:  www.wcpl.net/kids-teens/dial-a-story/

I just finished production of the audiobook version of “Tales From the Busty Ostrich” by R. Kyle Hannah published by Jumpmaster Press.  This is the final book in Kyle’s Tri-System Authority trilogy and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it.  I’ve now done two complete trilogies for Kyle.  In addition to the Tri-System Authority trilogy I had earlier recorded Kyle’s Time Assassins trilogy.  If you are a science fiction fan – and I am – you’ll love them.  I grew up on Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov and Kyle’s work falls very much into that style of sci-fi.  I’ll be putting a small sample from the book in my audio gallery.

I recently signed to do the role of Sheriff Callier in the feature film “Found”, shooting this summer (if social distancing regulations allow).  The film is written and produced by my friend and fellow Barter alumni David Alford and his company, Cross Purposes Productions. Based on James 1:2-4, the story is about a young Appalachian teen raised “off the grid” isolated from the rest of society who through a tragedy suddenly finds himself orphaned and tossed into our modern, hi-tech world.  A troubled family attempts to rescue him and in the process discovers what “testing your faith” really means.  Go to crosspurposesmovie.com for more information.

Currently, particularly during these days of quarantine, film and television auditions in the southeast are frequently done by way of self-tapes. The casting director sends a page or two of a sample script (called a “side”) to the actor and the actor then shoots video at home to send in for the casting director to review. Audition via internet! To make that job a little easier I followed a tip from my friend Bobby Beck and purchased a RØDE wireless microphone kit. Relatively inexpensive and extremely easy to use. I’d recommend it to anyone in need of a good wireless microphone. Thanks for the tip, Bobby!

I have officially signed with Talent Trek Agency as my agent for film and television work. Headquartered in Knoxville, Talent Trek also has offices in Chattanooga and Nashville in Tennessee and an office in Asheville, NC. The agency is a full service SAG/AFTRA agency that was founded in 1983 by Charlotte Dennison and Juanell Walker.

I recently had a great photo session with the wonderfully talented Sarah Laughland to get new headshots, some of which have been incorporated into this website. In addition to her stellar photography work, Sarah is an outstanding performer. Some of you may remember Sarah from her time as an actor at Barter Theatre. She and I worked together on several shows, most recently in “Elf” where she starred as Jovie, the object of Buddy the Elf’s affections. Check out her website at sarahlaughlandphotography.com. She’s terrific!

It was really gratifying to be invited to appear on Daytime Tri-Cities at WJHL and talk with one of the show’s charming hosts, Amy Lynn, about my recent retirement from the Resident Acting Company at Barter Theatre.  I’ve been there several times over the years to talk about different shows and to guest host a couple of times, but this was the first time to talk primarily about my career and my time at Barter.  Amy is such a delightful person and it’s always a treat to be able to visit the folks at WJHL.  The interview is still available online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qk36Up-LXw

I was in Georgia January 10-12 to shoot a short film for SCAD director Hattie Huzsagh. Her film, His Trophies, tells the story of a candidate for governor who faces a moral dilemma forcing him to choose between his family and his candidacy. The other cast members were a great bunch to work with as were the students from the Savannah College of Art and Design who made up the crew. We shot at locations around Monroe, a truly charming small town east of Atlanta. It was a lot of fun to do and we couldn’t have been better treated by everyone involved.

News & Updates

In what I hope was the first of many visits, I went to Richmond, Kentucky last week to shoot scenes for the pilot episodes of “The Home”.  It’s a comedy from DMZ Productions and producer/director Darren Zancan set in a nursing home staffed by an eclectic band of characters who tend to a bizarre family of residents – of whom I am one (along with Buzz Leer and Pete Berwick, pictured here.)  The storylines mostly rotate around the staff with the residents occasionally popping up to throw a few curveballs.  We shot enough scenes for the first four episodes and Darren got that done in four days – an incredible amount of work.  With luck, the show will get picked up and more episodes will be shot in the future.  It’s really an outstanding cast and it was a pleasure to be part of the show, really a lot of fun.  So let’s all hope for more to come!

Excited to announce that I’ve signed my contract with DMZ Productions to play the role of Doug in pilot episodes of  “The Home”.  The series will be shot in Kentucky in July.  The show will follow the adventures (and misadventures) of the staff and residents of an assisted living center.  It’s the brainchild of director/producer Darren Zancan and is based on his past real-life experiences working in a nursing home.  In Darren’s words “it’s fun, it’s weird, it’s different…It’s built around these fun personalities that come together” that work and live in “The Home”.  My audition for the show was one of the most fun audition experiences I’ve ever had.  I think the show is going to be a blast.

Recently did an interview with Kyle Hannah and Gene Rowley from Jumpmaster Press for their interview series:  Under the Canopy.  What a great time!  Really enjoyed talking with these guys.  I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of recording narration for several audiobooks published under the Jumpmaster Press label.  Just follow this link:

Now that we’re all beginning to see some light at the end of the Covid-19 tunnel, shooting is starting to kick back into gear for production companies across the country.  I’ll be working for three different productions this summer:  David Alford’s Cross Purposes Productions, right off the heels of his super successful release “Found” will be shooting a new feature this summer: Royal Ashes.  I’ll be playing a music store owner named Mahoney.  I’ve also been cast as Doug, a resident of an assisted living center, in “The Home” a comedy series scheduled to start shooting in Kentucky in July.  The series is being produced by DMZ Productions. Later in the summer I’ll play a crusty Appalachian patriarch named Waylon Dumont in a web-series entitled “Kith and Kin”. That series is produced by Outtake Productions, shooting in North Carolina.  I’ll have more details on all these projects as the summer progresses!

Just wrapped production for my latest audiobook narration for Jumpmaster Press:  R. Kyle Hannah’s “Lighthouse Keeper”.  I’ve had the pleasure of narrating several of Kyle’s books but prior to this one they had all been science fiction, probably my favorite genre.  “Lighthouse Keeper” is a fantasy, full of wizards and warriors, flying horses and unicorns and I have to say that it was one of the most enjoyable reads I’ve done.  Kyle does a wonderful job of creating characters and situations that capture a reader’s attention and doesn’t let go.  So if you’re a fan of fantasy (or even, like me, if it’s not usually your favorite genre) I highly recommend the book and – a little later this year – the audiobook!

Trying to deal with the pandemic has been challenging for everybody but for the performing arts it’s been devastating.  Under the leadership of Producing Artistic Director Katy Brown, however, Barter Theatre has been doing some very innovative programming.  Starting last summer and continuing on in 2021, Barter has been presenting a full slate of shows for the whole family at the Moonlite Drive-In.  I’ve been fortunate enough to have been involved in the development of the video team that shoots the live performances and simulcasts them on the big screen.  Check out the full range of shows that Barter is offering to help get us all through these challenging times with some great entertainment at bartertheatre.com

I had the great privilege of working on the short film “Hen & Ham” this past fall.  I played a crusty old junkyard owner (beard and all!) named Rusty.  The film was written and produced in Kannapolis, NC by an impressive young filmmaker named Elias Gandy.  I really enjoyed working on the project, including the chance to work with a pair of talented young actors:  Jeb Aufiero (on the left) played Hen and Vincent Felice (in the middle) played my junkyard sidekick, Buddy.  “Hen & Ham” is scheduled for release in March 2021.

Congratulations to my friend and fellow Barter alumni David Alford and his company, Cross Purposes Productions. His new feature film, “Found” premiered in theaters in 2020 and  is being distributed in 2021 by Bridgestone Multimedia Group!   The film stars Joseph Stam as Finch and Wendy Piper as Janelle Brennan and features some old Barter Theatre friends in several roles.  I play Sheriff Bob Callier.  “Found” is the story of a young Appalachian teen who has been raised isolated in the mountains and who is suddenly orphaned and thrown into the modern world. (Check out another short clip from the film in the “Video Reel” section of my Gallery.)

The Washington County Public Library has created a webpage specifically for the Dial-a-Story children’s books that I’ve been recording over the past few years.  Check it out at dialastoryweb.netlify.app/.  The site has every story that I’ve recorded for the past three years and they’re all categorized by different subject matter, from humor to animals to holidays – well over a hundred books with new stories added every month.  It’s one of the most fun and rewarding projects on which I’ve ever worked. By the way, you can still access the most recent Dial-a-Story offerings at the WCPL website:  www.wcpl.net/kids-teens/dial-a-story/

I just finished production of the audiobook version of “Tales From the Busty Ostrich” by R. Kyle Hannah published by Jumpmaster Press.  This is the final book in Kyle’s Tri-System Authority trilogy and I have to say I enjoyed every minute of it.  I’ve now done two complete trilogies for Kyle.  In addition to the Tri-System Authority trilogy I had earlier recorded Kyle’s Time Assassins trilogy.  If you are a science fiction fan – and I am – you’ll love them.  I grew up on Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov and Kyle’s work falls very much into that style of sci-fi.  I’ll be putting a small sample from the book in my audio gallery.

I recently signed to do the role of Sheriff Callier in the feature film “Found”, shooting this summer (if social distancing regulations allow).  The film is written and produced by my friend and fellow Barter alumni David Alford and his company, Cross Purposes Productions. Based on James 1:2-4, the story is about a young Appalachian teen raised “off the grid” isolated from the rest of society who through a tragedy suddenly finds himself orphaned and tossed into our modern, hi-tech world.  A troubled family attempts to rescue him and in the process discovers what “testing your faith” really means.  Go to crosspurposesmovie.com for more information.

Currently, particularly during these days of quarantine, film and television auditions in the southeast are frequently done by way of self-tapes. The casting director sends a page or two of a sample script (called a “side”) to the actor and the actor then shoots video at home to send in for the casting director to review. Audition via internet! To make that job a little easier I followed a tip from my friend Bobby Beck and purchased a RØDE wireless microphone kit. Relatively inexpensive and extremely easy to use. I’d recommend it to anyone in need of a good wireless microphone. Thanks for the tip, Bobby!

I have officially signed with Talent Trek Agency as my agent for film and television work. Headquartered in Knoxville, Talent Trek also has offices in Chattanooga and Nashville in Tennessee and an office in Asheville, NC. The agency is a full service SAG/AFTRA agency that was founded in 1983 by Charlotte Dennison and Juanell Walker.

I recently had a great photo session with the wonderfully talented Sarah Laughland to get new headshots, some of which have been incorporated into this website. In addition to her stellar photography work, Sarah is an outstanding performer. Some of you may remember Sarah from her time as an actor at Barter Theatre. She and I worked together on several shows, most recently in “Elf” where she starred as Jovie, the object of Buddy the Elf’s affections. Check out her website at sarahlaughlandphotography.com. She’s terrific!

It was really gratifying to be invited to appear on Daytime Tri-Cities at WJHL and talk with one of the show’s charming hosts, Amy Lynn, about my recent retirement from the Resident Acting Company at Barter Theatre.  I’ve been there several times over the years to talk about different shows and to guest host a couple of times, but this was the first time to talk primarily about my career and my time at Barter.  Amy is such a delightful person and it’s always a treat to be able to visit the folks at WJHL.  The interview is still available online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-qk36Up-LXw

I was in Georgia January 10-12 to shoot a short film for SCAD director Hattie Huzsagh. Her film, His Trophies, tells the story of a candidate for governor who faces a moral dilemma forcing him to choose between his family and his candidacy. The other cast members were a great bunch to work with as were the students from the Savannah College of Art and Design who made up the crew. We shot at locations around Monroe, a truly charming small town east of Atlanta. It was a lot of fun to do and we couldn’t have been better treated by everyone involved.