Rich has taught improv and acting to children, teens, and adults at theaters in New York, regionally, and internationally as well as at New School University and The Pelham Film Center. He's currently the resident director and drama instructor at the Buckley School where he's directed or co-directed over 100 plays and musicals since 2015.
Rich has also consulted and taught at numerous institutions and corporations including NYU, Con Edison, and the branding firm ClarkMcdowall. The foci of the workshops consist of using improv technique to foster creativity, collaboration, and communication in groups. Rich has also taught several leadership workshops at West Point Military Academy.
In 2017 Rich was invited to give a TEDx talk on improv technique and how, beyond just the creation of spontaneous comedy, it can engender compassion and empathy by systematically helping individuals and groups not only overcome a deeply ingrained sense of risk aversion, but to see moments of vulnerability as opportunities.
The Buckley School, 2015-present
Drama instructor and resident director
Part Time Faculty, New School University, 2012-2014
Intro to acting and improv comedy classes for undergrads
Corporate Workshop Instructor, 2011-present
Workshops designed to foster intra-group communication, brainstorming, creative risk taking, empathy and compassion
Clients include West Point Military Academy, Spire Realty Group, The Association of Small Foundations, Con Edison, The Renaissance School for the Arts, ClarkMcDowell
Birch Wathen Lenox Private School, 2014
Acting coach and improv workshop instructor
New York Date Coaching, Improv instructor, 2013-2015
The Real House Wives of New York, Improv instructor, 2014
The Picture House, Pelham Film Center, 2011-2014
Improv instructor for students age 12-16
NYU, Improv Instructor, 2010-2014
Annual freshmen leadership seminar instructor
Junior Tours, Improv instructor, 2010-2012
Playhouse on Park, 2010-2012
Workshop instructor at professional theater in CT
Det Andre Teatret, Oslo, Norway, 2012
Visiting instructor at Oslo's premiere improv comedy theater
St. Bart's Summer Camp, Drama instructor, Summers 2011, 2012
Hall High School, West Hartford, CT, 2009-2011
Visiting instructor at nationally ranked high school drama program, beginner and intermediate
improv, Harold workshops
Independent Improv Team Coach, 2009-present
Cypress Hills High School, Brooklyn, NY, Drama instructor, Summer 2006
Training and Education
M.F.A., Acting, New School University, 2004
B.A., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1999
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