Archetypes: Rick Dildine

 In Culture, Interviews

A conversation with Rick Dildine, producer, actor, community builder and Executive Director of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis.


What is your current mood or state of mind?
You can’t help but be joyful in this job.
What makes you happy?
Bringing people together.
What is your idea of misery?
Being alone.
What did you eat for breakfast today?
A cup of coffee.
What’s one word that describes you?
What trait do you value most in others?
When people don’t take themselves too seriously.
What’s your favorite occupation?
People who get onstage and tell stories.
Who would you most like to be?
Neil Patrick Harris.
What’s your favorite color?
What’s your favorite food?
What food do you like the least?
Unadventurous food.
If you could have dinner with anyone (dead or alive), who would that be?
Johnny Carson.
What talent do you wish you had?
The ability to play the piano.
Who is your favorite actor?
Meryl Streep.
Who is your favorite writer?
David Sedaris.
What excites you?
The “what if” of a new idea.
What do you consider a turnoff?
Anyone who shuts down other people.
What do you love?
People and food.
What do you hate?
Vacuuming and dusting.
What are you most looking forward to?
The moment the festival starts reaching beyond the park with its impact.
What is one thing you wish would happen?
That our city and county would merge.
What’s something interesting that you just learned?
How to use a DVR.
What’s something you want to learn?
Another language.
What is your personal motto?
“ABC”—always be calm.
In another life, you’d be:
Dolly Parton.
What is your current obsession?
“True Blood.”
What is your favorite word?
What is your least favorite word?
Shut up.
What’s on your “bucket list”?
A month in Italy and a nonstop trip around the world.
Your hidden talent:
I can tie a cherry stem in a knot with my tongue.
Personal hero:
Kids that stand up and speak their mind.
If you could have a conversation with your younger self, what would you say?
Chill out. Do the right thing. In the end, what’s important is that you’re a good person.



Rick Dildine

Rick Dildine


Photo credit: Photography by Wesley Law

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