Culture News

Rick Waymire, Owner of Waymire Studios (1946 - 2011)

Rick Waymire, co-owner of Glendale's Waymire Studio for the Performing Arts, has died following a long-term illness. He was 64.

His passing was announced by wife and studio co-owner Linda, who said, "Rick slipped away peacefully and my mind knows he's in a better place. I'm trying to get my heart to catch up." 

The husband-and-wife team started the venue (located at 6404 West Pinnacle Peak Road) for acting instruction in 2004. Formerly called Matlin Studio, the space has offered adult- and kid-level performing arts classes, ranging from traditional techniques to improvisational methods.

In April 2010, the Waymires opened a secondary studio at 236 North Fraser Drive in Mesa.

A memorial for Rick Waymire is scheduled to take place from 9 a.m. to noon today at Regency Mortuary, 9850 West Thunderbird Road. Go to

KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Steve Jansen
Contact: Steve Jansen

Latest Stories