Sims, Rick

Artistic Associate

Since 2017

Rick Sims (he/him) has composed and designed sound for numerous Chicago-area theaters, including Steppenwolf Theatre Company, Lookingglass, Congo Square Theatre, Writers Theatre, Lifeline Theatre, Griffin Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, The Hypocrites Theater, House Theatre, Court Theatre, ATC, Victory Gardens Theater, Raven Theatre, Steep Theatre, Northlight Theatre and About Face Theatre. His additional credits include The Getty, Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Arden Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Actors Theatre of Louisville and Portland Playhouse. Rick won a Jeff Award for Sound Design for Moby Dick and Hepheastus (Lookingglass), a Black Theatre Alliance Award for Brothers In the Dust (Congo Square Theatre), and has received several nominations for both awards. In addition to being an Artistic Associate with Lookingglass, he is also an artistic affiliate with American Blues Theatre. Rick also wrote the book, music and lyrics for Hillbilly Antigone (Lookingglass).

Rick spent 2016-17 touring with Lookingglass’ Moby Dick to Washington D.C. (Arena Stage), Atlanta (Alliance Theatre) and Costa Mesa, California (South Coast Repertory) and is currently working with David Catlin on A Midsummer’s Night Daydream at Northwestern University. Rick just finished four weeks of writing and script development for Lookingglass’ Writer in Residence program.

Bio as of 2017

Artist Media

Credits And Awards

Theatre Credits


  • Steppenwolf Theatre Company
  • Congo Square Theatre
  • Writers Theatre
  • Lifeline Theatre
  • Griffin Theatre
  • Chicago Children’s Theatre
  • The Hypocrites
  • House Theatre
  • Court Theatre
  • American Theatre Company
  • Victory Gardens Theater
  • Raven Theatre
  • Steep Theatre
  • Northlight Theatre
  • About Face Theatre


  • The Getty
  • Boston Playwrights’ Theatre
  • Arden Theatre Company
  • Playwrights Horizons
  • Actors Theatre of Louisville
  • Portland Playhouse


  • Jeff Award for Sound Design for Moby Dick (Lookingglass Theatre Company)
  • Black Theatre Alliance Award for Brothers In the Dust (Congo Square Theatre)