TEACHING

Improv Teaching Experience

Part Time Faculty, New School University, 2012-2014

Instructor of undergrads and continuing ed. students in comedy/comedic improv and intro to acting

 

“I am pleased to recommend Rich as one of the best instructors in improvisation.  Finding an acting instructor in NYC is not difficult, but finding an extraordinarily talented, kind, and respectful one is a blessing.  Rich has proven to be a passionate professional that dedicates his time to every student in class in a respectful and wise manner.”

-Luis Galli, Undergraduate Performing Arts Coordinator, New School University

 

Faculty Member at the People’s Improv Theater (The PIT), New York City, 2011-present

Saturday drop-in class instructor, Level 1 instructor, Corporate workshop instructor, Improv instructor for teens and children

 

“Working with Rich was a great experience because of his attention to detail and constructive note-giving.  He helped us develop a unique and original form that fit our style of play, while addressing issues our team had to help us relax and play freely with each other.”

-Brad Stuart, PIT house team member

 

Birch Wathen Lenox Private School

Improv workshop for private school acting program

 

“Richard creates a safe classroom, which gives me the freedom to explore, make mistakes and take chances.  He’s incredibly insightful at seeing the good in my work as well as giving me an informative critique of what I can do to go to the next level.  I always leave the class on a high note. ”

-Leo Preziosi, Student

 

Corporate Workshop Instructor, 2011-presentHollman Teaching Column

Workshops designed to foster intra-group communication, brainstorming, and creative risk taking

Clients include Spire Realty Group, The Association of Small Foundations, Con Edison, The Renaissance School for the Arts

 

Improv Coach, New York Date Coaching, 2013-present

Improv Coach working on the art of conversation, spontaneity, story telling

 

The Real House Wives of New York, 2013

Improv Coach

 

The Picture House, Pelham Film Center, 2011-2014

Improv workshop instructor

 

NYU, Improv Instructor, 2010-2014

Annual freshmen leadership seminar instructor

 

Junior Tours, Improv Instructor, 2010-2012

Instructor of improv workshops for groups of performers on NYC tours

 

Playhouse on Park, 2010-2012

Improv workshop instructor at professional theater in CT

 

Det Andre Teatret, Oslo, Norway, 2012

Visiting improv instructor at Oslo’s premiere improv comedy theater

 

St. Bart’s Summer Camp, Summers 2011, 2012

Drama, movement and improv teacher for children, five classes, ages 3-13

 

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

Teams: Albatross (PIT house team), National weather Service (PIT house team), Liza (PIT house team), South Going Zax, Layla, Motley Misfits, Kissing Disease, Why Clouds Why

 

10,000 Hours Improv Program, 2010

Improv coach

 

Cypress Hills High School, Brooklyn, NY, Summer 2006

Improv and drama instructor

 

 

Training and Education

The People’s Improv Theater, 2007, Levels 1-5 of improv training, several master classes and intensives

M.F.A., Acting, New School University, 2004

B.A., Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1999

 

 

Other Work and Volunteer Experience

Thinkativity Toys, 2009-2011, music composition and voiceover work

The Huffington Post, 2011, Contributor

The Stephen Wise Synagogue homeless shelter, Overnight shelter volunteer, 2009-present

Partners With Parents Tutoring Service, 2006-2007

Mckinsey & Co., Management consulting firm, 1999-2001