Rick Foster is an award-winning playwright whose plays, translations and adaptations have been produced across the nation. His one-woman play Love, Isadora received four productions in San Francisco, the final one at the Marines Memorial Theater. The Heroes of Xochiquipa received five nominations from the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle and an award for Outstanding Original Script.
His translation/adaptation of Frank Wedekind's Spring Awakening has been produced eight times professionally and at colleges and universities from New York to Los Angeles. His ongoing series of plays presenting alternative views of history have toured California from the Mexican border to Trinity County. These include: Friendly Fire: A Forty Niner's Life with the Miwok, Gunpowder Man, Women of the Bear, Corrido de un Sobreviviente, The Great Blight, Inventing the West (The Dangerous Friendship of Mark Twain and Bret Harte) and Dust Storm (Art and Survival in a Time of Paranoia). He was a founding member of the Bay Area Theater Critics Circle, has been a frequent panelist for the California Arts Council, was New Plays Director at the Asian American Theater Company and dramaturg at the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival and Sierra Repertory Theater for whom he created his translation of Chekhov's The Seagull and several works on California history.
Recent awards include a 2001 Director's Award from the California Arts Council for his "Immeasurable Contribution to Playwriting in California," a 2002 Dean Goodman Choice Award for the San Francisco production of Vivien, The Glenn F. Myers Award and Pacific Southwest Region Award in Wildfire Prevention for his 2003 play On Fire!: Conflict and Conflagration in America's Wildlands and his play Children of Light was the 2004 winner of the New Play Competition at the Prospect Theater Project in Modesto, California.
Rick Foster is artistic director of Duende:Drama & Literature, the theatrical company from Sonora that tours to schools, theaters, and other venues throughout California.