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 10 one-person shows to 50 universities, theatres, and festivals, and received an Indiana Arts Commission-National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship for solo performance. His work has been published in Baseball Monologuesand More Monologues for Men by Men by Heinemann Press, Hopewell Journal: New Work by Indiana’s Best Writers, Sycamore Review, Slipstream, and other journals.
In addition to his work as a professional actor, director and choreographer, Rich specializes in the teaching of acting and characterization, and also teaches period style acting, commedia dell’arte, character mask, clown, movement for the actor, and professional issues at Purdue University. The recipient of numerous teaching awards at Purdue, Rich has served as a Senior Faculty Mentor in the Teachers for Tomorrow program and chaired awards committees on the division, department and college level. He has and continues to lecture on the art of teaching at universities across the country.
Rich has acted, directed or choreographed 150 productions and served as resident artist at the University of Minnesota/Guthrie, University of Missouri-Kansas City, FSU/Asolo Conservatory, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, The Denver Center for the Performing Arts, 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.
At Purdue, Rich has served as Undergraduate Theatre Coordinator, Interim Chair and Chair of Purdue Theatre, and he has chaired or served on 175 committees. He is a past President of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.
Rich studied with Stella Adler, Theo Barnes, Jack Clay, Jim Hancock, Dharma Mittra, Dale Rose, Joan Schirle, Melodie Somers and Steve Wangh.
In his younger years, Rich taught high school and drove a cab in New York City, earned his living as a street performer on Fisherman’s Wharf, and was a competitive gymnast and wrestler. He currently teaches yoga and still plays a mean third base.