One Man, Two Guvnors (2015) Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis ***** FIVE STARS "WIT AND BUFFOONERY ABOUND IN BRITISH IMPORT AT PHOENIX THEATREBe prepared to park any sense of propriety at the door when you see 'One Man, Two Guvnors,' a raucous, riotous comedy at Phoenix Theatre. Richard Stockton Rand, professor and coordinator of Undergraduate Studies at Purdue University, directed. Considering his experience as a director, actor, and choreographer who teaches period styles, commedia dell'arte, clown, mask and combat, it is no wonder the broad physical comedy in the show is as stupendous as the actors he cast, who deftly execute it. Each and every cast member was pitch perfect in their comic timing, delivery and accents." Tom Alvarez, Indianapolis Examiner
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (2014)
Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
“What a marvelous production you have created with the team at NAFA! The way you used the space to tell the story was creative and inspiring. My students and colleagues truly appreciated your professionalism and artistry. We are really fortunate to have you at NAFA sharing your expertise with the Department. We really hope and expect that you’ll come back to NAFA to direct and teach in the near future. On behalf of the students and the department, thank you again for all you’ve done for us.” ~ Wenhai Ma, Head of Department, NAFA
Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
“Consummately directed by Purdue University Professor Richard Rand, each actor in the superb “Tribes” cast turned in believable performances. The intimacy of the Basile Theatre and Rand’s inventive staging makes “Tribes” a particularly satisfying experience. Being so completely drawn into the play’s action on stage and in the house makes for compelling theatre.”
FIVE STARS *****
~ Tom Alvarez, Indianapolis Performing Arts Examiner
Don Juan (2014)
University of Minnesota/Guthrie Program
“Don Juan rocked. The playing was so effortless and TRUTHFUL. Every character was likeable. The story-telling was effective because it wasn't pushed or muddled with conceptual character choices; no one was trying to be funny, which of course made the story quite funny, but also poignant. And I got the story! I am so impressed with you, because you did all of this in such a short amount of time. You are an excellent director, Rich. Thank you for a wonderful Don Juan (and a hilarious Underpants!). Thank you for a great night of theater!”
~ Steve Cardamone, BFA Faculty, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Program
Side Man (2011)
"Over the past few years the folks at Ka-Tet have mounted terrific shows. Their latest show, Side Man, may be their best work yet. Director Richard Stockton Rand and the creatives at Ka-Tet have mounted a hauntingly powerful drama that vividly depicts a long-lost way of life. Fabulous acting and deft staging make this marvelous play one of the best works mounted in Chicago this year! Don't miss it. (Highly Recommended)" ~ Tom Williams, Chicago Critic
"Richard Stockton Rand's perfect-pitch staging captures every note...I don't want to call the work – or play – of Ka-Tet's ensemble acting. That's a term you can use only after it's over. (Highly Recommended)" ~ Lawrence Bommer
"Side Man was a beautiful production, both visually and emotionally." ~ Kaylee Holt, Chicago Theater Review
"I saw a really good play done by Ka-Tet Theatre…very strong chemistry and high quality acting…Big compliment to Mr. Rand who puts this all together and makes it such a crisp piece." ~ Theatre Talk with Tim McGuire
Almost, Maine (2009)
"The production was very tight and well-rehearsed. The entire ensemble owned the stage truthfully. Acting psychology was one of the great delights of the evening. The actors could easily have fallen into one-dimensional characterizations and "sketch" acting. Instead, the ensemble mined the depths of the character relationships, backstories, and psychologies and articulated this work in their very dimensional performances. The ensemble was appropriately energized and stageworthy. The stylistic balance and counterpoint between realism and surrealism was particularly noteworthy. This was an outstanding production of a good play, made better by a strong concept, cohesively and imaginatively designed and very well performed."
~ Lee Orchard, Chair, Valparaiso University, KCACTF Respondent
"Rand's expertise lies in helping young actors craft interesting, unique and believable characters and his troupe shines as brightly as the stars in the "Almost, Maine" sky. Bravo to all!" ~ Kathy Matter, Lafayette Journal & Courier
"Road is a most engaging show filled with strong character acting, innovative staging filled with excellent lower class British accents. I have not witnessed a finer ensemble piece in many a year. Director Richard Stockton Rand has energized his cast giving them permission to play their vignettes all out. The result is a most truthful and energetic look into the dark world of the disenfranchised. You'll be amazed at the acting presented here. How often can you see 12 skilled actors each fully enshrining their characters? You'll enjoy your 2 hours and 25 minutes in the dreary world of Lancashire's alienated people. The ensemble work here is first class. Ka-Tet Theatre is off to an excellent start. Highly Recommended" ~ Tom Williams
"For its debut, Ka-Tet sports a fine ensemble of 12 mostly young actors playing 27 major and minor roles, throwing themselves with deep commitment and great comic ability into director Richard Stockton Rand's rapid and highly physical staging. In the tiny and dark storefront space, Rand creates most effective tableaux utilizing the theater's depth all the way into the back alley. Ka-Tet probably is unaware of the legendary 1987 Chicago premiere of Road, directed by Robert Falls for Remains Theatre. Most Ka-Tet kids would have been two years old, but it's just as well. They make Road their own, and put themselves on the Chicago theatrical road map." ~ Jonathan Arbanel, Windy City Times
"Directing Ka-Tet Theatre's debut, Richard Stockton Rand shows how inventive staging can transform a tiny storefront into a world..." ~ Justin Hayford, The Reader
"Road is a very impressive and surprising work. I had no idea this company was so brilliant. I look forward to watching them flourish in the upcoming season. Road is a brilliant start for their season." ~ Ruth Smerling, Theatreworld
A Story About a Girl (2006)
“A Story About a Girl is strongly directed…To see a new play, so satisfyingly presented, is a rare treat. Purdue is to be thanked as well as congratulated.”
~ KCACTF state representative, Professor Elliot Wasserman, University of Southern Indiana
“This is one of the most effective and powerful theater experiences I have seen in twenty years. The work was ‘ensemble’ in all of the positive aspects of the word, including designers, technicians, even extending to house management in creating THIS world of THIS play. It appears that the director’s clear vision invited creative contribution all around. Thank you for this important work.”
~ KCACTF Respondent, Dr. Tim Good, DePauw University
The Cherry Orchard (2003)
“The strength of Rand’s final moment, which is also the show’s final moment… leaves an impact that the audience cannot forget.”
~ Kathy Matter, Lafayette Journal & Courier
To Kill a Mockingbird (2003)
“This was a splendid production. The director did a masterful job of developing his ensemble and choreographing its movement. I have sincere admiration for the artistic leadership of Richard Stockton Rand…and I congratulate the entire Purdue Theatre on this grand effort.” ~ KCACTF Respondent, Prof John Steven Paul, Valparaiso University
“One of the finest productions I've seen at Purdue Theatre in forty-five years.” ~ Dick Jaeger, The Lafayette Leader
The Glass Menagerie
One Man, Two Guvnors
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Brighton Beach Memoirs
The Venetian Twins
A Story About a Girl
The Cherry Orchard
To Kill a Mockingbird
Moon Over Buffalo
The Dining Room
A Doll’s House
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Of Mice and Men
North of Providence and Dolores
Win, Lose or Draw
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
The Zoo Story
Arsenic and Old Lace
Fool for Love
The Runner Stumbles
When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
The Real Inspector Hound/After Magritte
The Sea Horse
The Clown Project
The Beaux Stratagem
The Sins of Sor Juana
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
Anna in the Tropics
August: Osage County
Dog Meets God
Reasons to be Pretty
The Most Damaging Wound
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Our Country's Good
Romeo and Juliet
Escape from Happiness
The Taming of the Shrew
The Gut Girls
The Recruiting Officer
Moon Over Buffalo
Les Liaisons Dangereuses
As Bees in Honey Drown
To Kill a Mockingbird
Goodnight Desdemona (Good Morning Juliet)
TESTIMONY FROM COLLEAGUES
"Richard Stockton Rand is a great teacher and a great artist, and these attributes are not unrelated. He represents the theatre and the University wonderfully well."
"Rich Rand is a dynamo of a man. I admire him, and if I could start my life over I’d like to be like him. He has the soul of a poet and the passion of a politician, but he’s also got the imagination of a wonderful artist. That sounds a little soft, but he’s got a hard discipline. He’s not patient enough to let something integrate into his life – he makes it happen, he’s exacting."
Jim Hancock, Professor Emeritus, University of Texas-Austin
“Through our professional and personal association over the past twenty seven years, my admiration for Professor Rand (Rich) as an educator, colleague, artist and human being has never wavered. I have observed how this teacher has counseled, consoled, comforted and inspired thousands of our students throughout the years. The path outside his door is highly worn. His empathy and ability to listen to a student, without judgement draws a large majority of students to his office. His willingness to work with them outside of class on auditions, character work or guidance in other academic issues is exceptional.
Among our faculty and staff Rich is deeply respected. His vast experience as an artist in the professional world, his unending pursuit of learning, his devotion to sharing his knowledge and skills with others throughout this country, have made him and indispensable colleague. At times in a faculty meeting, when the discussion is controversial, and tempers are on the edge, Rich will add his calm voice and wisdom to the conversation, and all listen. Trust me, this is not hyperbole, I have observed this many times over the years. These are just a few examples how Rich’s talents go beyond the Department of Theatre and add to the knowledge and enlightenment for our students and faculty throughout our University and beyond.
Richard Stockton Rand has guided me throughout my years at Purdue and has helped me in becoming a better teacher, artist and human being. Rich personifies the spirit, dedication and high standards that Purdue is revered for.”
Richard Sullivan Lee, Professor, Purdue University
“I taught in the MFA in Creative Writing Program at Purdue for 27 years. During my time at Purdue…I felt supported in my creative goals by the College of Liberal Arts, the university, in general, and my colleagues, particularly Richard Rand. So it is with fond memories and gratitude to Purdue that I write this letter. Sometime in the first years of the 21st century I read a news story about a halfway house for prostituted women in Chicago. I was struck by the challenge these women faced in their effort to renounce their former way of life and get off the streets. As a writer, I follow my intuition, and intuition led me to find an agency that worked with prostituted women, an agency that might welcome a writer into their midst. I found that at Y.A.N.A. -- You Are Never Alone -- in Baltimore City. I visited Baltimore, interviewed the women, but upon returning home to Purdue I realized that to write a novel about these women would necessitate spending months, possibly years, in Baltimore, immersed in street life. For a variety of reasons, that was not a feasible strategy for me. I put my notes away. But I never forgot those women. In 2009 I discovered my notes and was suddenly convinced that I could write a play about the women, employing their voices, and that the realism a novel required would not be necessary to give voice to their experience. I titled the play “Armies of Grief.” When I finished it I asked Richard Rand to read it…and he offered to stage a reading of the play. When I think back to the period of development, development that never would have occurred without Rich Randʼs enthusiasm for the project, what moves me most is the way I felt when black and white actors sat down for the first table read. If nothing else ever happened for the play, this felt momentous, black and white actors working together on a play I had written. But Rich Rand and his actors (and the subsequent audiences) did so much more for me. They gently guided me through questioning some of choices, shoring up the plot, and identifying ways to make the characters more authentic. Rich Rand and his actors did two staged readings in Mallett Theatre at Purdue University. I was able to absorb the critiques of the audience, thanks to Rich instructing me on the ways of development and collaboration in the theatre world, which functions quite differently than the process I was accustomed to as a novelist. The play was revised and eventually produced professionally in September 2015 at Compass Rose Theatre in Annapolis, Maryland, as part of the Womenʼs Voices Festival of D.C., and it was chosen for a staged reading at The Kennedy Center during that same Festival. I owe much of the success of that time to Professor Richard Rand. The beautiful thing about our work together, I believe, was the sense that we were working on a project that was much bigger than both of us. We were giving voice to the voiceless, four women prostitutes, two black, two white, who were thrown together out of their mutual desire to rise up out of what had kept them down, be it family mythology, abuse, poverty. When youʼre working on a project like that, your own ego falls away, if you are lucky. While working with Richard Rand I admired the relaxed, but professional manner he exhibited with his student actors and technicians. He is rare among professors, I feel, in that he manages to bring the students up to his level, challenging them, expecting their personal best at all times. Iʼm reminded of the male student, perhaps in his early twenties, who came up to me after the first staged reading of my play at Purdue. He was obviously moved, near tears. He said, “I am someone who would have automatically put down these women. I will never be able to do that again after watching this play.” Thatʼs what stories do. Thatʼs what theatre can do. And Richard Rand has devoted his life not to the accumulation of professional credits on his own C.V. but to the proliferation of stories and the growth of young people just coming into the theatre to tell those stories.”
Patricia Henley, Professor Emerita, Purdue University
“I believe that the crisis in American acting is not simply an issue of aspiring actors and their misconceptions of the art form, or their aversion to working obsessively hard on their craft. The swamp of mediocrity also has a great deal to do with the training itself. Overall, it’s just not that good. What qualifies someone to teach acting? In many cases it takes no more than a few notebooks and memories of classes taken years ago. Worse than that is the “celebrity”, who uses their fame and commercial success as justification to claim the ability to teach. That said, we do have many wonderful teachers thriving in theater departments of universities all over the country; passionate, inspiring, demanding and energetic teachers who have made profound impacts on the students who have crossed their path; those that consider teaching as an art form, who have an inviolate sense of truth and an ability to communicate and instill the important fundamental skills that any serious actor should strive to master. I was fortunate to have studied under Rich Rand at Purdue in the late 80’s, and with Maggie Flanigan and Bill Esper in Rutgers MFA program in the late 90’s. But there are thousands of young actors who aren’t that lucky. They flock to LA and NYC with a dream, but not much insight on how to vet and interview prospective teachers and programs. Rare now is the artist who devotes their life’s work to the art and craft of teaching acting.” http://www.maggieflaniganstudio.com/acting-classes-nyc/crisis-in-american-acting-2/
~ Charlie Sandlan, Executive Director and Senior Acting Teacher, Maggie Flanigan Studio
"Rich is the finest teacher we have on the faculty. The students treasure his work in the studio and in the rehearsal hall…He has served theatre well in being the chief recruiter…shaping enormous changes to the curriculum, guiding students’ career decisions, and remaining a mentor long after graduation."
Russ Jones, Professor and Chair of Theatre (1998-2008), Purdue University
"Rand came to us with international acclaim as a…teacher. [His] contributions to our program have been of the highest caliber. The range of his teaching expertise is impressive. At the same time, Rand’s rapport with students permits him to be both nurturing and critical. These are rare attributes in instruction and justify the designation of master teacher."
Gil Lazier, Dean Emeritus of FSU School of Theatre, past-president of the Association for Theatre in Higher Education and one of a hundred formally acknowledged world leaders in theatre.
"Professor Rand has been an outstanding teacher in each and every class that he has taught. His students rave about him and consistently achieve beyond what might be expected in the development of their natural talent. He is a disciplined but also a caring teacher, one whose ego is invested not in himself, but rather in the accomplishments that his students will achieve…I know student after student who feels that their life has been significantly and positively affected by their connection with Professor Rand."
Jim O’ Connor, Professor Emeritus and Former Chair, University of South Carolina/Purdue Theatre
“What a marvelous production you have created with the team at NAFA! The way you used the space to tell the story was creative and inspiring. My students and colleagues truly appreciated your professionalism and artistry. We are really fortunate to have you at NAFA sharing your expertise with the Department. We really hope and expect that you’ll come back to NAFA to direct and teach in the near future. On behalf of the students and the department, thank you again for all you’ve done for us.”
Professor Wenhai Ma, Head of the Department of Theatre, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, Singapore
"[Rand] is an extraordinary teacher. He is held in the highest esteem by his colleagues (both professional and academic) and students alike. He brings to the classroom a tremendous integrity for the work and a sensitivity to the needs and struggles of the student, combined with a strong demand for disciplined excellence."
Marya Lowry, Senior Lecturer, Brandeis University
"Rich is a caring, devoted and gifted teacher…who can work with both advanced and introductory students. He is a director of subtlety and depth, and an excellent colleague…I consider him to be one of the real strengths of the Purdue theatre program."
Dr. Annie McGregor, Professor of Theatre, Penn State University
"I had the good fortune to be able to hire Rand as a Visiting Professional Guest Artist for the spring semester. He proved to be an invaluable part of this program. He was able to bring many students to new levels of performance and inspire in them a new-found devotion to their craft. He was able to work with tremendous patience, with students of widely varying abilities and experience, and work to establish a strong feeling of ensemble. The students were often overwhelmed with the range of skills he had to offer them. However, Rand was excellent at establishing students differing needs and strengths and working individually with them. He was always eager to discuss the students' work with me and other faculty, and happy to incorporate our assessment of students' needs into his teaching -- I have tremendous respect for Richard Rand's talents and abilities."
Dr. Cynthia Dillon, Professor, New Mexico State University
"What Professor Rand very clearly and precisely does in every situation is conduct and guide the learning situation with care, love and thorough preparation. He instills the reward of growth in each of his students, and nurtures each student to participate in the learning process as thoroughly as himself. He is an absolutely excellent role model, amazingly consistent in his demeanor as he is in our teaching laboratory."
Retired Professor Stan Abbott, Purdue University
"Quite simply, Rich is a brilliant teacher of movement and acting. He instills in his students a strong work ethic in conjunction with a great passion for the art. He is able to synthesize the external work with the internal work, thus enabling his students to realize what it means to be a 'total actor.'… This is the kind of person Rich is: always there to help, always ready with his intelligence, talent and energy. I couldn’t ask for a better colleague."
Retired Professor Jim Wise, Penn State University
"Rand approached each segment of his assignment with enthusiasm and unbridled vigor, whether it was teaching the students about Commedia Dell'Arte, working with a cast on character analysis, or talking production concepts with the design staff. Rich was also kind enough to come in to my History course to lecture. He captured the students’ attention instantly and kept them interested throughout the various lectures. He is a gifted teacher and was such a positive influence on our program. I could go on for pages..."
Shan Ayers, Berea College
"Rich Rand has an outstanding reputation here on campus and is without a doubt one of the finest instructors we have at Purdue."
Sara Jane Coffman, CIS Instructional Developer
"I am writing regarding a remarkable teaching collaboration…My students found the fact that an actor or actress could interpret their work and perform it live absolutely enthralling. Professor Rand’s commitment to teaching, and obvious zeal for collaboration and interdisciplinary learning helped guide and shape these tremendously effective exercises."
Professor Rob Davidson, Department of English, Chico State University
"Congratulations on receiving the Excellence in Teaching Award! Your talents have been recognized on numerous occasions as both a teacher and an artist…I am so pleased that you came to Purdue and are sharing your talents with us (I include myself!).
Distinguished Professor Emerita Dorothy Mennen, Purdue University
"The scope of your knowledge was and is frankly impressive. Your integration of anthropological, cross cultural, historical and biological facts conveyed a truly operational holistic appreciation of the human condition and of individuals. As you know, this was the first time in the more than fifteen years of our program that a non-analyst has been invited to offer a training weekend for our faculty and students. Its success is all the more significant in that it was truly ground-breaking. A new precedent has been established. Be assured that the weekend will remain a high point in our institutional memory. You have left no doubt about the contribution theatre and acting has to make to the training of therapists and analysts."
Donna Marie Flanagan, CG Jung Institute of Chicago
"For four years Rich Rand served as ESA’s Artistic Director of Drama. His responsibilities entailed working with the other professional choreographers and music coaches to construct a two hour show which would tour throughout 7 European countries and be seen by tens of thousands of people…Rich has a unique ability to work with, direct and motivate students. I can honestly say that I have never encountered a deeper, more healthy student/teacher relationship. Rich has stretched his pupils beyond anyone’s expectation to bring out the very best in them artistically, and opened their eyes to their potential, inspiring them in their pursuit of a professional career. Mr. Rand has also made significant contributions to ESA’s leadership staff, working extremely well with his fellow colleagues…I would categorize Mr. Rand as a man with a conscience. He is unselfish, willing to work and extend himself far beyond any contract to get the job done, cooperative, extremely considerate, industrious, artistically creative, reasonable, sensitive yet to the point, conceptual, unmistakenly reliable and has demonstrated an exemplary character during these past four years…I count it as a great privilege to have Mr. Rand as a part of ESA’s artistic staff."
Randy Sykes, Executive Director, Extraordinary Students of America
Testimony from Students
"As a graduate teaching assistant under Professor Rand, I learned how to successfully facilitate discussions, listen to students, demonstrate ideas or activities…I am reminded by Rich’s example to seek to learn, to know myself, to focus on the WORK, always THE WORK…and no matter what my profession, to first be a human being. I have never met a person whose ways and attitude I aspire to more than I do Rich Rand’s…Rich makes students try harder, allows them to feel safe to make mistakes, to take risks, to open their minds, and to observe and explore without judgment… You were always there to remind me that I can accomplish whatever it is I dream if I focus and prepare, and you gave me some vital tools to help toward my goal. Most importantly is the fact that you have been an example, an inspiration, a reminder to so many that discipline and hard work do pay off."
~ Ryan Shively, MFA in Acting, 1996. Mr. Shively has acted in numerous productions on Broadway and in regional theatre.
Dear Rich, Now that the dust of finals has settled and with our graduation ceremony tomorrow, I have had time to reflect and I am reminded of the people that have helped me get to this moment. I want to give you the biggest thank you for your role in my journey at Purdue. From my first class with you, to Brighton Beach, and to Characterization, and everything in between, the skills and knowledge I have gained from you is irreplaceable. You have ignited a creative fire in me that was dormant for some time and I cannot accurately describe what that means to me. You go above and beyond what is required for your job and trust me when I say your students feel that and appreciate it. You have always had an answer for a quick question, guidance for a dilemma, and hours of your time to give direction. I value all the advice you have given me and especially your honesty and sincerity. You have been much more than a teacher to me, you have been my mentor. You have the great ability to understand where I come from and the insight to give me what I needed to move on. There was a time in my life when I thought this would never happen. That the idea of acting was just that, an idea or a dream that wasn't realistic for my life. I thank you for helping me accept my passion as reality. ~ Abby Vieck (BA in Acting 2015)
"Rich Rand is about something much larger than himself, and he nurtures human beings as well as artists. He is simply the finest teacher I have ever had in any subject, and the finest director I have ever worked with on any level. And yet, his teaching and his direction is incredibly demanding. He inspires actors to explore places in themselves that may have seemed impossible or unsafe in the past . . . He is one of those rare people who inspires you to live your life and do your craft with more discipline, humanity and love."
~ Dr. Andrew Carlson, MFA in Acting, 2007, Faculty UT-Austin
"Professor Rand is the finest teacher I have studied under. He equipped me with the tools I need to succeed as a professional actor. He challenged me to read, write, perform, and think more deeply, clearly, and compassionately. If you ever have the opportunity to work with, study under, or perform alongside Rich, take it."
~ Patrick Midgley, MFA in Acting, 2010
“I had the pleasure of working as a composer/sound designer on two productions. In both instances, Rich directed the process with a wonderful balance of vision and openness. A Story About a Girl, in particular, stands out as one of my favorite creative experiences, and that's absolutely due to the wonderful collaborative relationship that Rich and I shared. It was a workshop production for a new play which presented the challenge of a constantly evolving script. Rich set the tone for everyone involved with his even-tempered confidence and persistence. He valued input from everyone and gently pushed us all to create a really wonderful theatre experience for the audience. Rich is a thoughtful director who cares deeply about every detail of a production. He is passionate about the projects that he takes on, and has a wonderful ability to spread that passion to his creative team. I highly recommend him.”
~ Jason Knox, (MFA in Sound Design, 2009) Media Producer/Audio Manager at Jellyvision
“Thank you for being one of the greatest gifts that Purdue could have ever given me. You were caring, compassionate, fun, understanding and, above all else –honest. You have a way of making everyone feel important and valued that not many others do. Over the last four years you truly made this department feel like home for me, which is something that I never thought would be possible. I truly do hope our paths cross again soon!
~ Chris Adams, BA in Acting and Biochemistry, 2017
“I am so lucky and honored that you contacted me to audition for this amazing show. There is never a hesitation for me when it comes to the possibility of working with you. You continue to be a source of inspiration to me as an artist.”
~ Katie Bartholomew, BA in Acting, 2001, Professional Actor
"No person I met at Purdue has had a more positive, profound and lasting impact on my career as a student and as a professional than Rich Rand. In the classroom, Rich is an inspiring instructor, encouraging and uncompromising. He is unfailingly attentive, a unique and generous listener: present, empathetic and insightful in discussion. He is the finest teacher I have ever known."
~ Gerritt VanderMeer, Professor of Theatre and Theatre Program Leader, Florida Gulf Coast University
“Thank you for leading me to truths and discoveries that I never could have found on my own. Thank you for challenging me and really making me work. Thank you for teaching me what it means to dig deep into the world of a play. Thank you for the guidance. Thank you for being my mentor.”
~ Chynna Fry, BA in Acting, 2015
"For your patient wisdom, your gentle caring, and your boundless commitment to the art and the teaching of it, I thank you."
~ Dr. Adam Wiggs, MFA in Acting 1993, Professor of Psychology, Benedictine College
"I look forward to next semester & working with you again in the future. This has been an amazing journey & I am blessed for the opportunity to pursue my dreams. Thank you so much for all of your help & insight & giving me a chance to take these classes. Because of your inspiration, I am pursuing this further. Thank you for doing what you do best & being such a positive influence!"
Julie Wilkinson (Class of 2017)
“I had the honor of working with Professor Rand for 3 ½ years. He always encouraged me to be better than I even believed possible. He is a brilliant educator and truly understands on a deeper level the material he is teaching. He emphasized, not just the moment for a character, but what each interaction will mean for the rest of the character's life. Not only is he an amazing teacher, but also an amazing person. He is kind and understanding, he actually listens to students because their opinions and journeys really matter to him. That is very important to me as a student and speaks to the value this Professor has to Purdue University and to the World. I have truly loved working with him and receiving his council. No matter where he goes he will always be a valuable asset to the people and organization.”
~ Noelle Turner-Ball, BA in Acting, 2013
“It has been an honor to work with you. Your expertise, patience, and sense of humor have made this a joyful experience. I’m so grateful to have explored the complexities of Don Juan with you. Our work has helped unlock different parts of myself and my acting. I will undoubtedly carry the lessons from this project with me as I make my journey in the world of theatre. Thank you for your guidance.”
~ Riley O’Toole, University of Minnesota-Guthrie Theatre Program, 2015
“I was just going through my old papers from your classes, and I ran across some old notes from you. The detail and time you took to craft responses to our work is so inspiring and has touched me deeply. I remember it meaning so much to me while I was at Purdue and I think it means even more to me now as I read back over your comments. You are such a rare and special soul and I feel so grateful that I was your student. Thanks for putting all the time, heart, and hard work that you invest into your students. It definitely has left its impact on me. Perhaps we need your lessons most ten years later.” ~ Stacie Mitchell, MFA in Acting 2007 (2017)
"I don't know how to begin thanking you for all you have taught me, and for your guidance and support. I was so fortunate to have you for so many classes and I have learned so much about theatre, myself and life."
~ Jes Mercer, BA in Acting, 2007
"Though it's been 17 years since we've spoken I wanted you to know that you are the best teacher that I ever had."
~ Lavonne Byers, MFA in Acting, 1990
"You have been an amazing inspiration for both of us."
~ Carla and Jim Harris, MFA’s in Acting, 2004
“Rich recruited me for the Purdue Theatre department. I had no idea what direction I wanted to go but only that I knew theatre had to be part of it. He was the one who took the phone calls. He was the one who answered a scared high schooler’s emails and helped her find scholarships and money when funds were essentially non-existent. It was Rich who would take time to work my acting pieces to near perfection, even if he was overwhelmed with his own work. He was my faculty mentor when I was nominated for the College of Liberal Arts Outstanding Senior Award and was just as excited as I was when I won. Rich helped me to figure out what my next steps were, leading me to the Master of Fine Arts in Acting program at the University of Connecticut (where I just graduated). Rich was the first person I called during my graduate school auditions when I received good news and he was a stalwart support later in my graduate school journey when my ACL ripped in half and almost ruined my chances of finishing the highly physical program. When I come back to visit my undergraduate alma mater, coffee with Rich is the first thing I plan. Always a mentor, I am proud to say he is now a peer and excellent friend. I’m about to head to New York City to continue my career. But I would be remiss if I did not, daily, thank Rich for the path he helped me create in my past and present. From personal experience, I know Rich continually enriches the lives of the students under his care and guidance, usually with no regard for himself. If we all took the time to spread light and understanding the same way Rich does daily, the world would be a better place overnight.”
~ Arlene Bozich, BA in Acting, 2014 (MFA in Acting, UCONN, 2017)
"When I am onstage with you I understand what it means to craft a role."
~ Brian Edgecomb, MFA in Acting, 2004
"The skill with which you hone, mold, craft, and breathe life into a play is ASTOUNDING! Your understanding of the human condition is humbling and inspiring. I could go on, but I must stop…"
~ Dan Meisner, BA in Acting, 2010
“Professor Rand is an exceptional teacher and his classes are always thought provoking and exciting. Other teachers have a tendency to design lectures and labs for the average student. Professor Rand teaches at a variety of levels within one classroom. He makes a point not to leave anyone behind and finds new challenges for those that may be more advanced. He has and continues to advise me on life, the theatre, and my future pursuits. I do not know what I would have done without him. Since my graduation, he continues to be a mentor and is always ready with words of wisdom on life and the pursuit of an acting career. I am grateful to have had such a wonderful teacher, advisor, and friend."
~ Anna M. Hughes, BA in Acting, 2004
"I cannot express how much I loved and value the character classes…and I'd like to take this opportunity to give you a big THANK YOU for putting me in touch with Bryan Fonseca and the Phoenix Theatre. I had such a great experience working there."
~ Dawn Glover, MFA in Acting, 2010
“Rich was my mentor in the acting program and he helped me magnanimously every step of the way. Starting in Acting I, Rich was an utter spirit of inspiration and learning through every development of the acting process. After each performance – be it monologue or scene – he carefully balanced well-worded reinforcement with necessary critique, and I cannot overstate how important his guidance was to throttling me ahead towards becoming a better actor. After Acting I, Rich was an omnipresent mentor, and someone always willing to meet to discuss paths into the acting career, answer specific technique questions, or provide wisdom about struggles with the certain roles. More than once, he met far outside standard “working hours” in order to ensure my success, and I’m incredibly grateful for this. After graduation, Rich has continued to guide me whenever possible. He has gone out of his way to make sure I am properly set up with photographers for headshots and ensured that I have connections in first Chicago, then Austin. I can honestly say that my confidence has been greatly strengthened by Rich’s confidence in me.”
~ Joseph Landis, BS in Computer Science, Certificate in Acting, 2016
"I hold your wisdom, your lessons, your support and your mentorship close to my heart. I feel ready to face the world with the tools you've provided for me."
~ Mariana Fernandez, MFA in Acting, 2010
"Thank you so much for all of your help and guidance. Your constant push and excitement was what drove me to want to do my very best. You have given me more than I could ever ask in a teacher and mentor."
~ Kagiso Painter, BA in Acting, 2009
"I came to your office pleading to be allowed into your class…and it changed my life. You gave me the chance to really express my passion and that's one of the biggest things that anyone can ever give…Thank you so much you have made such a big impact on my life."
~ Rico Montanez, BS in Management, 2007
"It has been a pleasure and an honor to work with you."
~ Jake Mahler, MFA in Acting, 2010
"While most professors’ disciplines cover one or two subjects, Rich’s versatility and knowledge is unparalleled…Quite simply, Rich Rand is the best teacher I have ever had. In a city competing with thousands of artists, I feel confident and prepared for a career as an actor as a direct result of what I learned from Rich."
Charlie Sandlan, Senior Acting Teacher/Executive Director, Maggie Flanigan Studio, NYC
"You taught me to look deeper and harder at the characters we all possess within…You’re a tough teacher and I respect you for that! I won’t forget the skills that you taught me and I won’t forget that it was you who sparked…ignited my interest in stage movement! I only hope that one day I can be a teacher like you. Thank you, Rich Rand!!"
DeAnna Gonzales, MFA in Acting, 1997
"Thank you so much for your endless help and support these past four years. I truly appreciate your selfless devotion to your students and to fostering art at Purdue, and I feel privileged to have had these opportunities to work with you."
Annelise Dickinson, BA in Acting and Sudler Prize Winner, 2006
"You are a true artist. Please know that your passion has affected me immeasurably. I can only hope that my influence on students could be half as powerful as yours."
Kristen Tripp Kelley, Head of Fine Arts Dept, Nichols School, Buffalo, NY
"I think I speak for the whole design team in thanking you for respecting us and appreciating us."
Professor Kristina Tollefson, University of Central Florida
"As a senior majoring in Education, I feel I have an in-depth knowledge of successful teaching methods…Rich Rand is the one instructor who stands out above the rest. He exhibits exceptional skills of organization and communication. He exemplifies the necessity to learn and to live. He gives his students a sense of pride which makes them feel as though they were born to participate. Students are engaged in activities every session while concurrently and unrecognizably grasping information that seemed far beyond comprehension. I can unequivocally state that he is a source of inspiration for me and many other students. I feel privileged and honored to have studied under one of the best professors at Purdue University."
Yolanda Raquel Jones, BS in Education, 1998
"I know Rich to be one of the most patient, caring, focused and demanding acting teachers I’ve studied with. He had the unique ability of nurturing a student while challenging the artist. Somehow Rich allowed me and my classmates to explore human behavior, how people think, what pushes them into action…I am passionately grateful for the things I learned from Rich."
Davey White, BA in Theatre, 2000 (MFA in Acting, Temple University 2003)
"There is nothing I can write in a few short paragraphs that would fully describe Rich Rand and his effect on his students… He was the reason I came to Purdue and his dedication and commitment became my model for living… [Rich] always arrived prepared and organized and pushed us to excel on a daily basis. He compelled us to look deeper into ourselves as artists. He taught me what it is to be a theatre professional."
Jason Cornwell, MFA in Acting, 2001
“Throughout my college career I spent a great deal of time in a building unknown to most, Yue-Kong Pao Hall. Within those four walls I spent numerous hours seeking guidance from a single individual who helped shape me into the Actor I am today, his name is Rich Rand. I first met Rich Rand Spring of 2015 in Acting I. In this class I would learn not only the basics of acting, but how to take my craft to the next level. It was an adjustment for me and I had a slew of never ending questions, but Rich Rand was always close by to put my mind at ease. You see, Rich Rand is the kind of professor that enjoys his work and lives to teach students both the basics of theatre and essentially how to become a better human being. For me, what defines Rich Rand’s style of teaching revolves around intent listening, acute observation, and a willingness to put aside time for his students outside of class. Whenever I didn’t understand something, all I had to do was raise my hand and ask for a further explanation. He always seemed to know the material forwards and backwards which served him well in learning how to relay the information to students whom learn at different speeds and communicate on seemingly different wavelengths. The thing I appreciate most about Rich Rand is his willingness to meet with students outside of class. He never failed to find a small gap in his very busy schedule to answer my burning questions. Even after graduating from Purdue, he continues to meet with me to both provide helpful direction and introduce me to noteworthy acting teachers in the Big Apple. In my 16 years of schooling, I’ve never had a teacher who cared more about his student’s wellbeing. Regardless of the things that I have said, words cannot describe how helpful he has been throughout my 4 years at Purdue, Suffice it to say that Rich Rand is the gift that keeps on giving and I am happy to call him my professor, my mentor, and my dear friend.”
~ Michael Stamets, BA in Acting 2016. (Currently enrolled in two-year acting program at Maggie Flanigan Studio in NYC.)
"You truly are an inspiration as a teacher and a person. Thank you for remaining true to your students!!"
Ed Duran, MFA in Acting, 2001
"Professor Rand encourages students to strive to their fullest potential, and most importantly he challenges students, and students are asked to set challenges for themselves and meet those challenges. He has inspired me to take risks and take responsibility. He’s made a difference in my life."
Courtney Adler, BA in Theatre, 1996 (MFA, University of Kansas, 1999)
"I take the initiative for the whole class when I say that this is not ‘one of the best courses I’ve ever taken,’ but undoubtedly sets the overall standard for all classes."
Jason Todd, BA in Theatre, 2004
"I just want you to know that you have touched my life in many ways – you are a constant source of inspiration and mean more to me than I know how to say. Thank you for always pushing me to do my best, for believing in me, and for helping me believe in myself."
Jill Robinson, BFA in Acting, UCLA, 2003
"His level of commitment to his students is unparalleled, and while remaining distant from his own achievements, maintains an excellent rapport with his students. We trust Rich, in that our own creative energies are encouraged to manifest themselves without fear of judgment or empty praise. However, Rich is critical of our work and seems to maintain a high degree of objectivity in his comments."
Robert West, MA in English, 1995
"It is my genuine privilege to share my experiences under the instruction and direction of Richard Rand. It is difficult for me to find a place to begin for a man who has given so much to so many people. I must first touch upon his teaching, since that has proved to be the most inspirational for me. When I first arrived at Purdue, Rich was there for me not only as a teacher but as an advisor. His instruction not only served as a valuable lesson in acting, but in life itself. My classmates and I were always able to take what we learned from each class and apply it to the plays and projects we were doing at the time. It was only afterward that we discovered he gave us all much more than was on the surface. He instilled confidence, self-esteem, and direction into me and many others....To be blunt, Rich is the best. When I found out that he was being nominated for the Liberal Arts Award for Educational Excellence, I not only wanted to write this letter, but I needed to. For a man who has given me and many others so much, this chance to give something back is a welcome one."
Andrew Stout, BA in Theatre/Communications, Stewart Prize Winner, 1995, Theatre Instructor Kishwaukee Community College
"He showed me ways to reach my inner self, thoughts, and desires. He showed me how to use them to my advantage to become a better actor. When I thought I was doing my best, he helped me see that I could do better.... He is my inspiration and his teachings I will use throughout my life both in and out of acting."
Tracy Hyde, BA in Theatre/Communications, 1993
"You helped me become who I am today. A high school theatre teacher and an Educational Director of a large regional theatre company...I have always used you as a benchmark for the kind of teacher I wanted to be. And I am and will always be grateful for the gifts you gave us. The lessons have been long-lasting."
Jeff Draper, Performer with Extraordinary Students of America (Studio faculty, American Conservatory Theatre)
"I think of you and the advice you gave me (way back when) often in my daily life…THANK YOU for everything!!”
Kristen Nichols, Class of 1995
"During my four years in the theatre department, Rich Rand was my mentor. Rich had a genuine concern for me, was an expert in a field I longed to break into, and offered me a unique perspective on my own life. Fulfilling more than the minimum requirements for his duties, Rich spent time with me outside of the classroom - working on the craft, offering up a listening ear, a professional eye, or a thoughtful word. I was not the only one to benefit in this way. During those four years at Purdue, I watched as he provided mentorship to all of his students, encouraging their exploration of the craft, asking tough questions, or giving them the honor of watching him work. He wasn't simply concerned with grades or the perfect performance; Rich wanted us to grow, to challenge us to think, to look at theatre not as a game but as a tool to implement change in the world. His impact on my college career extended beyond the four walls of our studio work. Rich volunteered his own time to help me rehearse, found opportunities unique to my skill set, and continues to be a part of my career from afar. I'm grateful for the opportunity to have spent time with Rich Rand - I am proud to have an expert in my field, someone who takes a genuine interest in his students and their human condition, as a mentor and a friend who is not just a brief character in my life story, but one that helped shape the path I will take."
~ Juddson Updike, BA in Acting 2016
"You have really been a creative inspiration and great guide for me…I will always cherish your teachings.”
Peter Kremidas, Class of 2005
Richard Stockton Rand has acted on and off Broadway; in regional theatres in the United States, Europe and Canada; and in PBS films and numerous national commercials. He has written and toured five one-person shows and received an Indiana Arts Commission-National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship for his solo performance work. His monologues and short stories have been published in Baseball Monologues and More Monologues for Men by Men, Hopewell Journal: New Work by Indiana’s Best Writers, Sycamore Review, and Slipstream. Recent scholarship includes contributions to the Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte, and Movement for Actors, second edition, by Allworth Press.
Rich specializes in the integration of acting and characterization and teaches beginning acting, physical preparation, mask, clown, commedia dell'arte, period style acting, combat, audition, and professional issues. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Rich has served as a Senior Faculty Mentor in Purdue University’s Teachers for Tomorrow program and frequently lectures on teaching, leadership, and character.
Rich has directed, acted or choreographed 160 productions and served as a resident artist at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota/Guthrie, University of Missouri-Kansas City, the Asolo Conservatory, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Denver Center, Brandeis University, The College of William and Mary, Centre College, University of Rochester, Berea College, Franklin College, West Virginia Wesleyan College, Southern Illinois University, Wagner College and the Indianapolis Children’s Museum.
In addition to serving as Chair, Interim Chair and Undergraduate Coordinator at Purdue Theatre, Rich is a past president of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.
Teachers and mentors include Stella Adler, Moni Yakim, Dharma Mittra, Jim Hancock, Theo Barnes, Dale Rose, Melodie Somers, Steve Wangh, Freddie Kareman, John Stix, Jack Clay, and Joan Schirle.
Prior to his time in academe, Rich earned his living as a street performer, cab driver, inner city high school teacher, nutritionist, glazier, elevator operator, masseuse, messenger, carpenter, gardener, and yoga instructor.
THE YOUNG LOVERS
THE YOUNG LOVERS
PROFESSIONAL ENGAGEMENTS (selected)
Professional Engagements (selected)
Taught, directed and/or performed at the following universities, theatres and festivals:
A Contemporary Theatre*, Seattle, WA
Alabama Shakespeare Festival*
Alexandra Palace, London
American College Theatre Festival Conferences*
Arezzo Festival, Arezzo, Italy
Asolo Conservatory Theatre*
Ball State University*, Muncie, IN
Berea College*, Berea, KY
Birmingham Summerfest Theatre*
Brandeis University, Waltham, MA
Central Missouri State University
Centre College*, Danville, KY
Chicago Dramatist’s Workshop
Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park
City Lit Theatre, Chicago
CiviC Theatre of Lafayette, IN*
Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Emory College, Atlanta, GA
Ensemble Studio Theatre, NYC
Florida State University, Sarasota, FL
Franklin College*, Franklin, IN
The Helen Hayes Theatre
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN
Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne*
Indiana Theatre Works Conferences*
Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY
Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland
La MAMA, E.T.C.
Maggie Flanigan Studio, NYC*
Market Theatre, Seattle
Miami University, Oxford, OH
Michigan State University, Lansing, MI
New York Shakespeare Festival
Phoenix Theatre*, Indianapolis
Planetarium Theatre, Winnipeg
Provincetown Playhouse, NYC
St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, IN
Southern Illinois University at Carbondale
Stage Left, Chicago
State University of New York at Stony Brook
The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA*
The Changing Scene, Denver, CO
The Edmonton*, Winnipeg*, Toronto* and Seattle Fringe Festivals
“Rand tugs at our heartstrings as a man whose creed is, “I can fix it,” as he struggles with things he can’t seem to make right.” John Lyle Belden, The Eagle
**** Lisa Gauthier Mitchison
"Doyle, played by Rich Rand, is a client addicted to his depravity. Instead of the expected pervert, Rand shows us a heartbroken man crippled by his own needs...searching for love."
“Haunting work by the cast brought a strong script to memorable life…One of the year’s best arts events” Lou Harry, Indianapolis Business Journal
THE SANTALAND DIARIES
“”Santaland Diaries” is a funny play. Very funny. So funny I could barely take notes from laughing so much. So funny the audience around me was constantly laughing. Not titters and guffaws, but deep belly laughs – the most I’ve heard any audience laugh all season. Rich Rand played the part of Krumpet and…like some elfin Richard III, our protagonist bounces back and forth between phony sprightliness and cynical reaction takes, all with running commentary to the audience. Rand dances this schizoid dance with just the right body language, just the right timing – spot on, and hilarious. As I mentioned, this is a one-man performance. Rand has to do it all – and he pulled it off.” Marty Fugate, Arts and Entertainment, The Observer
“Rand’s performance is strong, often gripping.” Tom Scanlon, THE SEATTLE TIMES
“Amusing, magical, frightening and endearing, Rand’s characterization and storytelling skills make this script soar. SMOKE will envelope you.” Gail Wamba, ON THE FRINGE
THE ZOO STORY
“The production is simple and direct, deriving palpable malice from the performance of Rand, who some will remember for his previous visits here with his one-man reminiscences about baseball.” Vit Wagner, TORONTO STAR
i dreamed i was a baseball card
“Rand’s character’s hero-worship of Mickey Mantle helps him escape the hell of his life through fantasy. As his world becomes more hellish, though, fantasy stops working. He eventually grows into a person strong enough to face and shout down his demons. We give him a prolonged ovation, he smiles and leaves, and we stay in our seats. It takes awhile before I figure out that everyone is doing what I am, waiting to stop crying before going back into the light. Finally someone says, “I have to go now” and the tension breaks. We file out, and I reflect that this play is what makes the Fringe unique and valuable. I have been profoundly moved, and it would not have happened without the Fringe. Rand goes on to receive rave reviews from CBC radio and television.” Kevin Longfield, THEATRUM Issue #4
“Rand’s fine portrayal makes the boy’s innocence seem as desperate as an impossible leap over the outfield fence to prevent a home run.” Vit Wagner, TORONTO SUN
“Frightening and vividly written.” Hedi Weiss, CHICAGO SUN-TIMES
“I won’t give away a moment of the show to spoil your enjoyment. Mr. Rand held both the audience and his subject matter firmly in hand from beginning to end. The text is solid and Mr. Rand is true to the character throughout. To laugh and cry at the same time is a delightful anguish, but to be given hope and relief to carry you out of the theatre is a rare treat.”
Robert G. Slade, CBC RADIO
Top Ten Pick of the Winnipeg Fringe Festival, CBC TELEVISION
“I’m enchanted with “I dreamed I was a baseball card.” Thank you for giving us the opportunity to share with readers what makes us especially proud about Indiana, her writers.
Ann. M. Stack, Publisher and CEO Hopewell Review: New Work by Indiana’s Best Writers
l i t t l eg u y s
“A charming, inventive series of vignettes featuring a variety of neighborhood characters and crackpots at some special moments in their lives. Richard Rand is a delight in his multiple roles, creating characters he obviously loves to portray out of a simple change of clothes, stance, and expression. An entertaining fifty minute monologue in many voices.”
Karen Crossley, WINNIPEG SUN
“Rand gets into his thoroughly likable characters, and his on-stage changes, while minimal, are astonishingly convincing.” H.J. Kirchhoff, TORONTO GLOBE AND MAIL
“little guys – Very good show. Book it. Audiences will be happy. Your staff will be happy. The local press will be happy. You as a presenter will be happy. Your board will be happy. Your theatre/college/community center will grow and prosper. little guys- Very good show. Book it.” Aaron Beall, Executive Director, NADA, NYC