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Learning & Development Through Play

Marian Rich Career Play WorkshopCareer Play Inc. works with organizations that want to develop a more collaborative, innovative and effective workforce. We provide human resource consulting – from talent acquisition, to creating a better work environment, to coaching and training staff – using an improvisational and playful approach.

“While the worlds of comedy and business may not initially appear to have much in common, a growing number of firms are in fact turning to comedians to help them boost staff communication, performance, and creativity.”

— Quoted from BBC News article, No joke: Why the business world is embracing comedy (published 3/10/16)





An innovative, off-script approach to networking and relationship building.

improvscience and Career Play Inc

improvscience & Career Play

A Professional Gymnasium in which data scientists, programmers and engineers can stretch and strengthen their collaborative and communication muscles.

Recruiting and Research Services

Recruiting & Research Services

We can help you identify and recruit qualified candidates to create a better workforce. We also provide research services to investment management firms.


Transformational Play

On January 31st I was invited by my colleague Cheng Zeng (pictured above on the bottom row holding a bottle of wine) to lead an improvisational play session with people who were quarantined throughout China. The last thing I thought of that day was that 6 weeks later I, too, would be sheltering in place […]

Rx for the Isolation of Coronavirus Quarantine? A Healthy Dose of Improv and Performance!

My colleague and friend, Cheng Zeng and I were invited to author a guest blog by Dr. Lois Holzman, Director of the East Side Institute. Cheng Zeng is an Applied Improvisation Practitioner, facilitator, speaker, and corporate trainer based in Beijing. He is the founder of China Applied Improvisation Institute. He is dedicated to building a […]

Can We Talk?

Watching Johnny Carson host The Tonight Show kept me up past my bedtime as an adolescent and teenager. Although I loved Johnny, it was his (groundbreaking) substitute host, Joan Rivers who inspired me. I loved imitating her signature question, “Can we talk?” Can we talk about conversation? During an interview with journalist David Brooks, NBC’s […]

Hire Potential

CRANACH/GETTY IMAGES Partnering with a great hiring manager is an executive search consultant’s dream. I’ve been fortunate to work with outstanding leaders over the last few months, and in all three projects I placed candidates who will be growing into their new roles. They were all hired for their potential, a successful strategy and approach […]