Rick McVey Takes Center Stage in CPP’s New Project “Searching for the Elephant”

Rick is hardly a stranger to anyone who has seen any of Cross Purposes Production’s feature films. He played the unflappable Sheriff Callier in “Found.” and Mr. Mahoney in “Royal Ashes”. Rick is tapping into his dramatic roots this time around tackling the complex role of haunted, Vietnam POW, Griff Bowden.

Rick McVey has spent most of his life as a storyteller – either on the stage or behind the camera. In his time as a full-time member of the Resident Acting Company at Barter Theatre, America’s longest-running professional theater, Rick appeared in more than 100 productions on Barter’s stages and appeared as the Boss in Barter’s 2009 national touring production of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men.  Some of his favorite roles include: Javert (Les Misérables); Chief Bill Gillespie (In the Heat of the Night); George Bailey (It’s a Wonderful Life); Harold (The Full Monty); Todd (Friendly’s Fire); Doyle Mayfield (The Doyle & Debbie Show); Ebenezer Scrooge (A Christmas Carol); Robert E. Lee (The Road to Appomattox); and Kris Kringle (Miracle on 34th Street).

Rick spent the early years of his career in broadcasting serving as Production Manager at WOPI Radio and Director of Production at WCYB TV. He also performed in and directed scores of shows at Theatre Bristol, where he served for a time as Producing Director. He was also the Producing Director of the Don’t Touch That Dial! radio theater company for six years.

Rick is a graduate of East Tennessee State University where he was awarded the Bud Frank Award for Excellence in Theater. In 2010 Rick was inducted into the ETSU Department of Communications Alumni Hall of Fame.

“Searching for the Elephant” begins shooting this July in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee.

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David Alford

David Alford

Founder of Cross Purposes Productions