Richard Stockton Rand has acted on and off Broadway; in regional theatres in the United States, Europe and Canada; and in film for public television. He has written and toured one-person shows to 50 universities, theatres, and festivals, and received an Indiana Arts Commission-National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship for his solo performance. 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: Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte. Upcoming: Book Chapter in Movement for Actors, second edition by Allworth Publishing.
Rich specializes in the integration of acting and characterization and teaches beginning acting, physical preparation, commedia dell’arte, clown, mask, combat, period style acting, 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. He frequently lectures on teaching, character and leadership.
Rich has directed, acted or choreographed 150 productions and served as a resident artist at the Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts, University of Minnesota/Guthrie, University of Missouri-Kansas City, FSU/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 and Interim Chair, Rich has served as coordinator of undergraduate studies for 25 years. Nationally, he has served as President of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.
Rich studied with Stella Adler, Moni Yakim, Dharma Mittra, Jim Hancock, Melodie Somers, Steve Wangh, Jack Clay, Joan Schirle, and Dale Rose.
Prior to academia, Rich earned his living as a street performer, cab driver, inner city high school teacher, nutritionist, glazier, elevator operator, masseuse, messenger, and yoga instructor.