Rick Hammerly

Birth Place: Winchester, VA

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Rick Hammerly has worked as a DC-based actor, director, producer and filmmaker since receiving a BA in Theatre from The University of Virginia. In addition, he holds a MA in Arts Management and a MA in Film and Video Production, both from American University.

He received two Helen Hayes Awards: Outstanding Director of a Play for Factory 449’s LELA & CO. and Outstanding Lead Actor in a Resident Musical for his portrayal of Hedwig in Signature Theatre's production of HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH, as well as nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor (Prior Walter in Signature Theatre’s ANGELS IN AMERICA: MILLENNIUM APPROACHES, Bette Davis in MetroStage’s ME AND JEZEBEL, Fagin in Adventure Theatre MTC’s OLIVER!) and Outstanding Director of a play (Factory 449’s AGNES OF GOD).

His debut film, "signage," which he wrote, directed and produced, has screened in over 60 film festivals world-wide and has received 6 film festival awards, to date.

He co-founded the award-winning DC-based theatre company, Factory 449, a Helen Hayes recipient of the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. He currently serves as Factory 449’s Producing Artistic Director, Virginia Repertory Theatre’s Artistic Director of Programming, and WAPAVA’s Executive Director.

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Virginia Repertory Theatre Presents Richmond Premiere of SATCHMO AT THE WALDORF

Virginia Repertory Theatre introduces a new work to the Richmond community with Satchmo at the Waldorf, running from March 1-April 7 at the November Theatre downtown.

Last Chance to Vote for the BWW Central Virginia Awards; Voting Ends 12/31

It's the final week left to vote for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Central Virginia Awards! Voting ends on 12/31 at midnight. Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

2 Weeks to Vote for the BWW Central Virginia Awards; 42ND STREET, 12 ANGRY MEN, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts & More Lead!

There's just two weeks left to vote and we have the latest standings as of Monday, December 18th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Central Virginia Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

BroadwayWorld Central Virginia Awards; THE PROM, 12 ANGRY MEN, Riverside Center for the Performing Arts & More Lead!

It's the final 3 weeks and we have the latest standings as of Monday, December 11th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Central Virginia Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

BroadwayWorld Central Virginia Awards December 5th Standings; THE PROM Leads Best Musical!

It's December, and the first standings of the month have been announced as of Tuesday, December 5th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Central Virginia Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Latest Standings Announced For The 2023 BroadwayWorld Central Virginia Awards; THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG Leads Best Play!

Happy Holidays! The latest wave of standings have been announced as of Monday, November 27th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Central Virginia Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Latest Standings Announced For The 2023 BroadwayWorld Central Virginia Awards; THE PROM Leads Best Musical!

The latest wave of standings have been announced as of Monday, November 20th for the 2023 BroadwayWorld Central Virginia Awards! Don't miss out on making sure that your favorite theatres, stars, and shows get the recognition they deserve!

Virginia Repertory Theatre Names Amy Wratchford as Interim Managing Director

The Virginia Repertory Theatre board of directors has announced its appointment of Amy Wratchford as Interim Managing Director. Learn more about Amy here!

POTUS, 9 TO 5, and More Set For Virginia Repertory Theatre's 2023-24 Season

Virginia Repertory Theatre has announced the musicals, plays and special presentations for its 2023-2024 Signature Season at the November Theatre downtown, the Barksdale Season at Hanover Tavern, the Children’s Season at the Virginia Rep Center for Arts and Education as well as the Theatre Gym studio space.

Grey Garrett To Play Carole King In Virginia Rep Theatre's BEAUTIFUL

Celebrated local actress Grey Garrett will lead Virginia Repertory Theatre’s regional premiere of Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, portraying multi-Grammy Award-winner Carole King, at the November Theatre beginning June 23.

Interview: DC Theatre Royalty is Going Back INTO THE WOODS: An Interview with Felicia Curry

Those of us in the DC area have known about the talents of Dame Felicia Curry for many years. I’m sure you remember her recent star turn in My Lord, What a Night at Ford’s Theatre where she played the famous opera star Marian Anderson or maybe you saw her blow the roof off of Arena Stage in Nina Simone: Four Women or possibly you and your kids enjoyed her as the lead character in Mirandy and Brother Wind at Adventure Theatre. My point here is that there is a good reason why actor and Curry’s unofficial manager Rick Hammerly elevated Felicia Curry to Dame Felicia Curry. She truly is DC Theatre royalty.

Virginia Repertory Theatre Announces New Artistic Directors

Following a national search, Virginia Repertory Theatre welcomes new artistic directors, Desirée Roots, Todd D. Norris and Rick Hammerly, who will steer all artistic aspects of Central Virginia’s flagship professional theatre, according to William H. Carter, Chair-Elect of the Board and Chair of the Selection Committee.

BWW News: The Theatre Lab 10th Annual DRAMATHON will Stream on December 11th

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts presents an evening of world-premiere plays, professionally directed and performed live by professional actors and Theatre Lab supporters in the 10th Annual Dramathon online on Friday, December 11 at 7:30pm. 

Rick Hammerly Joins WAPAVA as New Executive Director

Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA) and WAPAVA President Jackson R. Bryer have announced that Rick Hammerly has joined the organization as its new Executive Director as of October 1, 2020. Hammerly, a 2-time Helen Hayes Award-winning actor/director, is also the Producing Artistic Director of Factory 449.

THE BAND'S VISIT Tour Wins Helen Hayes Award for 'Outstanding Visiting Production'

On September 25, the 36th Annual Helen Hayes Awards concluded, after a series of virtual events celebrating Washington's dynamic and diverse theatre community.

theatreWashington Announces Further Details for 2020 Helen Hayes Awards

theatreWashington announces further details for the 36th annual Helen Hayes Awards, which were originally scheduled to take place at The Anthem on May 18, 2020.

THE JEANE DIXON EFFECT Audio Play Released

THE JEANE DIXON EFFECT, a play by Joseph Rodota based on the life of the late a?oecelebrity psychica?? Jeane Dixon, has been released as an audio play on Apple Podcasts and other platforms.

THE BAND'S VISIT, JITNEY, And More Nominated for 2020 Helen Hayes Awards

Tonight, at a celebration honoring theatre excellence on stages across the Washington area, theatre artists, administrators, patrons, and special guests gathered in the National Theatre's Helen Hayes Gallery for theatreWashington's announcement of nominees for the 36th Annual Helen Hayes Awards, which will be presented on Monday, May 18 at an event at the Anthem.

BWW Review: AGNES OF GOD at Factory 449

Factory 449's 'Agnes of God' is an emotional, intimate play that speaks to inner struggles. With a sharp script and an exceptional cast, it's an insightful and aching performance that is both enjoyable and heartbreaking to watch.

Photo Flash: Factory 449's AGNES OF GOD, Featuring Felicia Curry & Nanna Ingvarsso

On Saturday November 9, 2019, Factory 449, a Helen Hayes Award-winning theatre company in residence at Anacostia Arts Center, opens 'Agnes of God' by John Pielmeier. 

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Rick Hammerly has been nominated for the Outstanding Lead Actor, Resident Play category at the Helen Hayes Awards for his role in "Me and Jezebel".

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