Rick Criswell is a personal mentor and CTA Certified Life Coach. Rick became a life coach after having a 3 year struggle and battle with vocal cord cancer. In November of 2015 during one of the vocal cord surgeries, Rick had a life altering experience on the operating table. During that surgery, Rick was given a vision and ultimately the peace to know that no matter what was being given to him on his cancer journey, he would overcome the fear and face the obstacle head on with grace, dignity, and love. Rick has been cancer free since November 30, 2017.
Master of Your Journey Coaching was born on that November day in 2015. There is power when lives are transformed and his life calling has shifted to help others discover their true purpose and calling to live their dreams.
Rick also serves as the General Manager for the award winning Off-Broadway theatrical experience Sleep No More and the entertainment venue, The McKittrick Hotel in NYC. He joined the production immediately after it opened in early 2011.
Prior to Sleep No More, he lived in Tampa, Florida and worked at the David A. Straz Center for the Performing Arts (formerly, the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) as the Producing Artistic Director between 1996-2011.
Criswell’s career is multi faceted. He is a writer, director, motivational speaker, and audition/acting coach. He has directed several current and former Broadway and Off-Broadway performers and coached many young performers just starting their careers as well as those auditioning for high school and college placement programs.
Rick has directed projects for Kathie Lee Gifford and David Friedman, including the premieres Key.Pin.It.Real and Party Animals. Criswell served as the Project Director for Lucie Arnaz on An Evening with Lucille Ball and was the Project Director for the original premiere of the Off-Broadway show, Miss Abigail’s Guide to Dating, Mating and Marriage.
As a writer, Criswell has written and directed countless cabaret shows throughout Florida and NYC. He has travelled extensively as a motivational speaker and in 1994, Criswell received a Points of Light Foundation Presidential Volunteer Service Citation from President Bill Clinton for creating and directing one of the first teen drama programs about HIV/AIDS Awareness.
Criswell is a graduate of Central Bible College where he holds a degree in theology and sacred choral music. He is a licensed non-denominational minister.