Ric Royer writes stories mordant and morbid, stages plays of absurd wonder, and sings songs of hope and disaster. A song and dance man of the avant-vaude, Royer is the founder and artistic director of Psychic Readings Co, a performance collective that has entertained, frightened and confused audiences with their interdisciplinary hysterics since 1999. He is also a curator at Model City Books.
Ric studied theatre and writing at University of Buffalo, and Towson University, and Dartington College of Art and Brown University.
He currently lives in New York, where he can often be found collaborating with his long-time music partner G Lucas Crane. They have been involved in several music/performance projects, including The Coincidental Hour. Their LP, Dark Cabinet, was released by Baltimore’s EHSE Records in 2008.
Ric’s published works of literature include She Saw Ghosts He Saw Bodies (Narrow House, 2010), The Weather Not The Weather (Outside Voices, 2008), Hystery of Heat (Publishing Genius, 2007), There Were One and It Was Two (Narrow House, 2007) and Anthesteria (Bark Art Press, 2001).
In addition to his performance and writing work, Ric has also been an active arts organizer. He was a core curator for the Transmodern Performance Festival from 2006-2009, a performance art curator of Fields Festival (2016) and a founding curator for Murdered Word Festival, now in its third year.