Professor of Theatre

Purdue University

246 Lincoln Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906
United States
(765) 714-6522


Rich 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 more than fifty 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 Companion to Commedia Dell'Arte by Routledge, 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. In addition to his work as a professional actor, director and choreographer, Rich specializes in the teaching of acting and characterization. He also teaches dramatic literature, period style acting, commedia dell’arte, character mask, clown, audition, and professional issues. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, Rich has served as a Senior Faculty Mentor in the Teachers for Tomorrow program at Purdue and frequently lectures on the art of teaching. Rich has acted, directed or choreographed 150 productions and served as resident artist at the NAFA-Singapore, 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. He is a past President of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators.

Movement Specialties:


Clowning and Circus

Commedia dell'Arte

Conditioning and Acrobatics

Contact Improvisation


Grotowski Physical Theatre

Improvisation/Theatre Games



Movement for the Actor

Period Styles: Acting

Physical Characterization

Physical Theatre


Solo Performance

Stage Combat

Stretching, Strength, and Relaxation


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