Rick Batalla is performer, writer, and director for television, film and the theater, and a founder of one of Los Angeles’ most prolific and successful theater companies, The Troubadour Theater company.
Rick’s dad was a Mariachi singer and owner of Discoteca Batalla, the first Latino record store in the city of Santa Monica, California. So Rick was always surrounded by music and performers.
Rick got his start in comedy studying with the creator of The Groundlings in Los Angeles, from there he went to The Second City in Santa Monica, and then onto open his own comedy club in Santa Monica called Upfront Comedy.
Rick starred in the CBS sitcom PAYNE, which was an American version of Fawlty Towers, where he played the bellhop “Mo”. He also has appeared as a guest star on many TV shows including Married with Children, Cold Case, and Liv and Maddie.
Rick starred as Larry “The Ubiquitous” Repairman” on TBS’s Dinner and a Movie, a show where he was also a Writer and the Director.
Rick also writes original musicals. He wrote “CHiPs the Musical”. A musical based on the 1970’s TV show. He also wrote the original musical “Blake…Da Musical” that was about the night Robert Blake “may or may not have” killed his wife outside a Los Angeles restaurant. Rick was awarded The Ovation award for Best World Premiere Musical, and Best Actor at The New York Fringe Festival.
Rick is also a filmmaker. He just recently finished a comedy short “Dancer By Trade”, where he plays an aging dancer with magical powers. The film is now making the rounds and Film Festivals around the country.
In 1996 he helped found The Troubadour Theater Company. A company that would go on to become one of the most prolific and awarded companies on the West Coast with numerous Ovation Awards, LA Weekly Awards, Backstage Awards to name a few.
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