Rick Garman grew up in Iowa and although he appreciated his solid Midwestern upbringing, he moved to Los Angeles as soon as he was old enough to be sure that his parents couldn’t send a sheriff to bring him back. He studied theater at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts, but soon realized that acting was not his passion. Writing was.
He made his writing debut with a stage production “17 Days,” which was produced at The Colony Theater in Los Angeles and played in in small theaters around the country. The work received strong critical praise and several DramaLogue Awards.
A few years later, his second play “Mountains” debuted at The Colony. It went on to win the GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Los Angeles Theater Production.
He transitioned into travel writing, authoring more than a dozen guide books about Las Vegas including Frommer’s, Las Vegas for Dummies, and Moon Handbooks.
Rick has published four novels including “Interitas Volume 1: The Beginning of Sorrows,” “Interitas Volume 2: False Prophets,” and “Interitas Volume 3: Unequaled,” the first three books in a proposed seven book YA series, and “Jake Davenport PI: The Case of the Missing Cha Cha Heel,” a comedic mystery.
In 2022, Rick launched the Bay Street Cabaret, a troupe of singers, actors, and dancers that performs cabaret theater shows in Savannah, Georgia.
He has written, co-written, developed the story, and/or acted as executive producer on many movies and theater shows including:
- An Evening of Modern Classics: A Benefit for the Historic Savannah Foundation in May 2022 at the Green-Meldrim House
- Tail of Love starring Brittany Bristow and Chris McNally aired April 2022 on Hallmark Channel
- Time Traveling Drag Queens in the 1940s in April 2022 at the Bay Street Cabaret
- Love Stories/Love Songs in February 2022 at the Bay Street Cabaret
- Vivian and Bill’s Christmas Party in December 2021 at the Bay Street Cabaret
- Bawdy Broadway in December 2021 at the Bay Street Cabaret
- Christmas at Castle Hart starring Lacey Chabert and Stuart Townsend aired November 2021 on Hallmark Channel
- Christmas Time is Here starring Rukiya Bernard and Dewshane Williams aired November 2021 on GAC Family
- Award-Winning Broadway in September of 2021 at the Bay Street Cabaret
- Hot Summer Broadway in July of 2021 at the Bay Street Cabaret
- You Had Me at Aloha starring Pascale Hutton and Kavan Smith aired June 2021 on Hallmark Channel
- An Evening of Broadway Showstoppers in May of 2021 at the Bay Street Cabaret
- To Catch a Spy starring Nathalie Kelley, Colin Donnell, and Patti Murin aired February 2021 on Hallmark Channel
- Mix Up in the Mediterranean starring Jeremy Jordan and Jessica Lowndes aired February 2021 on Hallmark Channel
- Country at Heart starring Jessy Schram and Niall Matter aired October 2020 on Hallmark Channel
- It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas starring Eric Mabius and Tricia Helford aired December 2019 on Hallmark Channel
- A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Benjamin Ayres aired November 2019 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
- A Working Mom’s Nightmare starring Lydia Wilson and Rupert Graves, aired October 2019 on Lifetime Movie Network
- Nostalgic Christmas starring Brooke D’Orsay and Trevor Donovan aired October 2019 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries (Executive Producer)
- Love, Romance and Chocolate starring Lacey Chabert and Will Kemp aired February 2019 on Hallmark Channel
- Valentine in the Vineyard starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Brendan Penny aired February 2019 on Hallmark Channel
- A Shoe Addict’s Christmas starring Candace Cameron Bure, Luke Macfarlane, and Jean Smart aired November 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- Welcome to Christmas starring Eric Mabius and Jennifer Finnigan aired December 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- Christmas at the Palace starring Merritt Patterson and Andrew Cooper aired November 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- Christmas at Pemberley Manor starring Jessica Lowndes and Michael Rady aired October 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- Love on Safari starring Lacey Chabert and Jon Cor aired July 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- The Perfect Bride Wedding Bells starring Pascale Hutton and Kavan J. Smith aired June 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- Frozen in Love starring Rachael Leigh Cook and Niall Matter , aired January 2018 on Hallmark Channel
- A Royal New Year’s Eve starring Jessy Schram, Sam Page, and Cheryl Ladd aired December 2017 on Hallmark Channel
- Christmas in Evergreen starring Ashley Williams and Teddy Sears, aired December 2017 on Hallmark Channel
- Enchanted Christmas starring Alexa and Carlos Penavega, aired November 2017 on Hallmark Channel
- Once Upon a Date starring Dean Geyer and Katrina Bowden, aired 2017 on PixL TV
- Same Time Next Week starring Jewel Staite and Travis Milne, aired August 2017 on PixL TV
- Bad Date Chronicles starring Merritt Patterson and Justin Kelly, aired July 2017 on PixL TV
- The Perfect Bride starring Pascale Hutton and Kavan J. Smith, aired June 2017 on Hallmark Channel
- The Sound of Christmas starring Lindy Booth and Robin Dunne , aired December 2016 on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries
- Christmas in Homestead starring Taylor Cole and Michael Rady, airied November 2016 on Hallmark Channe
- Late Bloomer starring Italia Ricci and Nathan Parsons, aired August 2016 on PixL TV
He is working on many more movies for television, a fiction podcast, and the fourth novel in the Interitas series entitled “Out in the Wilderness.”
Rick enjoys taking road trips to see colorful bits of Americana and counts Savannah, Georgia as his favorite city in the world. In his spare time you’ll probably find him on the couch binge-watching TV.