Richard Stockton Rand

Professor of Theatre

My work as a professional director, actor, movement coach, fight choreographer, playwright, and scholar - and thirty-five years teaching a wide range of course work - enables me to integrate movement, acting, characterization, and play analysis into a clear, accessible approach for undergraduate students, MFA actors, and working professionals. 

Education: MFA in Acting, Southern Methodist University; BA in Theatre, SUNY at Stony Brook

Academic and Professional Appointments
2013-present      Director of Undergraduate Studies                       
2008-2011           Chair, Department of Theatre, Purdue University
2008                   Teachers for Tomorrow, Senior Faculty Mentor            
2002-2004         President, Association of Theatre Movement Educators
1988-2007          Head of Undergraduate Program

Awards and Honors
The Book of Great Teachers, 2008
Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2005
College of Liberal Arts Teaching Academy, 2004
Patti and Rusty Rueff School of Visual & Performing Arts Award for Excellence in Teaching, Purdue University, 1997, 2000, 2003


Diversity Transformation Award: “Promoting Student Inclusion An Evidence-based Program for Transforming Purdue’s Climate.” 2016
            Role: Research Bias and Inclusion issues affecting URMs; write 5-6 short screenplays, audition, cast, rehearse and direct actors.
International Travel Grant, The Arezzo Festival, Arezzo, Italy 2005
International Travel Grant, The Human Body Conference, Krakow 2003
International Travel Grant, International Federation of Theatre Research, Amsterdam 2002

Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts – 2014
University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre Program – 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2014
University of Missouri-Kansas City Summer Institute for Teachers – 2004
The Asolo Conservatory – 2001

Membership in Professional and Academic Societies (representative)

1981 - present          Actors’ Equity Association
1982 - present         Screen Actors’ Guild
1989 – present        Association for Theatre in Higher Education
1989 – present        Association of Theatre Movement Educators

Courses Taught (since 2002)

THTR 233 Acting I                                   THTR 323 Movement for the Actor                  THTR 523 Creating a Character
THTR 524 Theatrical Character              THTR 525 Comedy, Clown & Commedia        THTR 539 Period Style Acting
THTR 526 Mask                                       THTR 590 Audition Showcase Tour                 THTR 532 Professional Issues
THTR 526 Stage Combat                           THTR 535 Vocal/Physical Preparation                 THTR 333 Acting II                 


Directing - Directed 60+ productions at 15 university and professional theatres.

Choreography - Choreographed movement or fights for 75 productions at 20 university and/or professional theatres.

Acting - Performed on and Off-Broadway; at regional theatres in San Francisco, Seattle, Sarasota, and Chicago; and in films for public television and national commercials as a member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Screen Actors Guild. Rand has received national and international recognition for his work as an actor and been invited to perform at 45 theatres, universities and festivals in the USA, Canada, SA, and Europe.

PlaywritingWritten 10 solo works and received an Indiana Arts Commission-National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship for his solo performance. Plays and monologues published in Baseball Monologues and More Monologues for Men by Men by Heinemann Press, Hopewell Journal: New Work by Indiana’s Best Writers, Sycamore Review, Slipstream, and other journals.

Workshops/Lectures - Rand has given 100+ workshops at professional theatres and universities, and lectured on leadership, teaching, empathy, and creativity for the Center for Instructional Excellence and organizations, departments, and colleges at Purdue University.

Scholarly Publications

2017 Rand, Richard S. Acting with the Whole Body in Movement for Actors, second edition, Allworth Publishing
2015 Rand, Richard S. The Young Lovers in Routledge Companion to Commedia Dell’Arte, Routledge Publishing
2014 Rand, Richard S. Contributing Editor, The Essential Theatre, Oscar Brockett, Robert J. Ball and Andrew Carlson
2011  Rand, Richard S. Tribute to Dorothy Runk Mennen in A World of Voice, Voice and Speech Trainers Association, Inc. 
2004 Rand, Richard S. Review of Through the Body by Dymphna Callery.” Theatre Topics, Fall.
2002 Rand, Richard S. Teaching the First Year Student (Play and video script) Lilly Funded DVD currently in use at 40 universities
2002 Rand, Richard S. Vinnie G. in Monologues for Men by Men, Volume 2. Ed. Gary Garrison.  Portsmouth, NH:  Heinemann Books

Theatre Service

Undergraduate Service:

  • Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies (1988-2007, 2013-present) 
  • Established teaching excellence committee in School of VPA and chaired committee (1995-2000, 2008-2011, 2013-present)
  • Established undergraduate mentoring system in the theatre department and coordinated mentoring from 1987-2008, 2013-present
  • Chair, Undergraduate Committee (1987-2007)
  • Chair, Undergraduate Recruitment Committee (1987-1998) – conducted 150+ workshops for high schools in the Midwest
  • Chair, Undergraduate Scholarship Committee (1998-2007), served on committee (1998-2014)
  • Chair, Undergraduate Projects Committee (1988-2007)
  • Audition coaching for 1000+ actors since 1987 

Committee Service:

  • Served on an average of 10 committees per year since 1987
  • Served on 40 committees at division, department, school, and college level, chairing committees at each level
  • Served on 32 Search Committees
  • Served as member or chair of 115 Master of Fine Arts committee

Alumni Relations:

  • Primary liaison and mentor to alumni actors, since 1987

Community Service:

  • Cast and directed scenes from W;T by Margaret Edson for Cancer Culture Community event on Purdue campus, 2008
  • Coordinated benefit performances to raise money for undergraduate scholarships, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for Kids, and Lafayette Crisis Center
  • Directed, choreographed, acted, or assisted on 20 productions and taught numerous classes for Civic Theatre of Lafayette

Professional Service (since 2005):

  • Served as an outside evaluator for 20 candidates coming up for tenure and/or promotion to full professor
  • Served as President and on Tenure/Promotion and Nominating Committee for the Association of Theatre Movement Educators
  • Served as play reader for Phoenix Theatre, 2010-2017
  • Assisted playwrights Patricia Henley, Jacquelyn Reingold, Suzan Zeder, Don Seybold, Tom Alvarez, Cliff Chang, and Richard Thomas and Carrie Newcomer in the development of new works

Course Evaluations

The following represents the average of approximately 1,200 student responses to 130 courses taught since 1987:

Core #3       4.8 Overall, this course is among the best I have ever taken.
Core #4       5.0 Overall, this instructor is among the best teachers I have known.


2017    The Glass Menagerie, Carole and Gordon Mallett Theatre, Purdue University

             The Mousetrap, Nancy T. Hansen Theatre, Purdue University

2015     One Man, Two Guvnors, Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
       “Considering his experience as director, actor and choreographer, it’s no wonder the physical comedy is stupendous.”
              ***** Tom Alvarez, Indianapolis Examiner
2014     The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, NAFA, Singapore
2014     Don Juan, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Program
2014     Tribes, Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
2013     Brighton Beach Memoirs, Purdue University
2011      Side Man, Ka-Tet Theatre, Chicago, IL
2009    Almost, Maine, Purdue University Theatre
2009    ROAD, Ka-Tet Theatre, Stage Left Theatre, Chicago, IL
2008    The Underpants, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre Program
2007    Noises Off, Purdue University Theatre
2006    A Story About a Girl… (World Premiere)  Purdue University Theatre
2005    Tartuffe, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre Program
              ROAD, Purdue University Theatre

Choreography and Stage Combat

2017     Cabaret, Nancy T. Hansen Theatre, Purdue University

2015     One Man, Two Guvnors, Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis
2014     The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, NAFA, Singapore
2013     Anna in the Tropics, Purdue University Theatre
2013     Company, Civic Theatre of Lafayette
2012     Dog Meets Boy, Purdue University Workshop
             Blithe Spirit, Purdue University Theatre
             August: Osage County, Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
2011      Jericho, Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
2010     Amadeus, Purdue University Theatre
2010     Reasons to be Pretty, Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
2010     Hamlet, Purdue University Theatre
2009    The Most Damaging Wound, Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis, IN
              Almost, Maine, Purdue University Theatre
              ROAD, Stage Left Theatre, Chicago, IL
2008    The Underpants, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre Program
              Noises Off, Purdue University Theatre           
2007     Urinetown, Purdue University Theatre
2006     Seven Guitars, Purdue University Theatre
2005     His Occupation, Purdue University Theatre
              Tartuffe, University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theatre Program


2016     Static [World Premiere] Role: Walter Burke, Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis*

2015     The Nether [Role: Cedric Doyle], Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis*           
              “**** Lisa Gauthier Mitchison
          "Instead of the expected pervert, Rand shows us a heartbroken man crippled by his own needs, searching for love."
2012     August: Osage County, Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis*
2011     Jericho (Leading Role: Josh), Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis*

“Rand’s Josh—the survivor trying to change his life at the expense of family—felt more like an original creation. His pain felt more honest, his struggle more real… I was more drawn to his story.” Lou Harry, Indianapolis Business Journal

2010     The Sunset Limited (staged reading) (Role: White), Benefit for Lafayette Crisis Center           
2007     Stuff Happens (Role: Tony Blair), Phoenix Theatre, Indianapolis* 
2007     The Milk Dragon by Suzan Zeder (Role: Wizard), Provincetown Playhouse, NYC*
2005     The Patriot Act (Role: Arlecchino), Arezzo Theatre Festival, Arezzo, Italy

*Member Actors Equity Association

Theatre Department Chair of Theatre (2008 – 2011) Responsibilities included alumni and donor relations; budget; hiring of faculty, staff and guest artists; coordinating and producing events; setting agendas for faculty meetings; writing reports to departmental, college and university administrators; sending personal letters to subscribers, donors and students; overseeing a staff of six; daily meetings with current students, alumni and donors; mediating disputes; making committee assignments; marketing productions, writing and proofreading all publicity materials, brochures, programs and chair notes; and serving as liaison to the regional, national and international community. (Also, Interim Chair, 2004)