Fickman had directed the stage musical Reefer Madness, which had its world premiere in Los Angeles in 1999. The show went on to sweep the West Coast theatre awards, including the Ovation Award for Best Musical and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the Backstage West Garland Award for Best Production. In addition, Fickman garnered Best Director honors from all three organizations. Reefer Madness made its off-Broadway debut in 2001, earning two Drama Desk Award nominations.
The director scored another success with the comedy Jewtopia, which opened in Los Angeles in May 2003 and became one of the longest-running Equity waiver productions in Los Angeles theatre history. It was also the first play in Los Angeles ever to have 240 consecutive sold-out performances. The show transferred to New York, where it is still selling out nightly.
Fickman's other stage directorial credits include Sneaux, starring Kristen Bell and Robert Torti, which earned Fickman an LA Weekly Award for Best Comedy Director,; The Marrieds, starring Peter Krause; The Gift, featuring Alicia Witt in her stage debut; We the People, which ran for two years in Los Angeles to sold-out houses; There Will Be Penetration; Denying Park Avenue; It's Wonderful Being a Girl; Fortinbras Gets Drunk; and The Day Room, to name only a few. Fickman was also a co-founder and managing director of the critically acclaimed Fountainhead Theatre Company, which has featured actors such as Anne Heche, Morgan Sheppard, Ron Livingston and Molly Shannon, as well as writers John Lee Hancock, John Zinman and Frank Pugliese.
In 2005, Fickman was honored to be asked to direct the musical revue Les Girls 4 for the National Breast Cancer Coalition. The show raised the most amount of money the coalition has earned since its inception.
For the screen, Fickman directed the independent teen comedy Who's Your Daddy?, starring Ali Landry, Patsy Kensit, Kadeem Hardison and Wayne Newton. Following She's the Man, he has several projects in various stages of development for both film and television.
Prior to becoming a writer and director, Fickman was a development executive. He held the posts of Senior Vice President of Production for Middle Fork Productions, Vice President for Bette Midler and Bonnie Bruckheimer's All Girl Productions, and Vice President of Development for Gene Wilder's Pal-Mel Productions. He also served as Associate Producer on Middle Fork Productions/Columbia Pictures' film Anaconda. Fickman started his entertainment industry career at the Triad Artists Agency, where he worked his way up from the mailroom to booking stand-up acts in Triad's comedy packaging department.
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