Richard Todd Adams ’96

His World is a Stage

By Donna Parker

Richard Todd Adams ’96 (aka Rick) set the stage for his successful acting career when he earned his bachelor of music from Trinity.  His character arc developed further with a master’s degree from Juilliard in voice performance.   Since then, Rick has never looked back, performing in more than 20 stage productions—two of those on Broadway.

“I take it for granted just a bit, but I know I’m fortunate to steadily work as an actor.  After my first job 10 years ago, I’ve never really stopped.  It’s great; I haven’t had to worry about a job nor getting work.”
Rick is currently playing the part of Javert in a regional production of Les Miserables just outside Chicago.  It is theater in the round, which presents an interesting challenge.

“It creates a more intimate environment with 250 seats on each side, but there is always a time when your back is turned to someone during the performance.  It took me the first week of production just to get used to that!”

Rick also was in the original Broadway companies of The Pirate Queen and The Woman in White, but it was when he performed in Jekyll and Hyde just seven months ago that he met his own leading lady and soon-to-be-wife, Maria Eberline, a fellow thespian with whom he’ll be starring in a special production very soon—their wedding!

“We had immediate chemistry.  Plus, some friends knew her and I’d heard lots about her.  We’ll be married in May and plan to move out of the city to an area in New Jersey, known as Broadway West, since so many New York actors live there.”

 “I love New York City, especially walking through Central Park and the museums, but there will always be a special bond with San Antonio and, in particular, Trinity.” 

Rick revisited his college days recently, when he spent the day on campus with his former Chorale professor, Scott MacPherson, department of music.

“He showed me the huge renovation of the music building.  It brought back memories of voice lessons with Linda McNeil, piano lessons with Carolyn True, and even my music history course under Gerald Benjamin, all three in the department of music.  Those classes have been invaluable in providing background for my acting career.”

Off stage, Rick is the head coach for the Special Olympics basketball team in New York and helps coach its softball team on the diamonds in Central Park.

“There is so much to do here, but right now my life is all about the work.  Acting is not easy, but I do have realistic expectations and patience, which you need.  It’s my life passion.” 

You can e-mail Rick at rickya@aol.com.