About Marian Rich

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Marian Rich is the President of Career Play, Inc. She is an executive coach, trainer, recruiter and performing artist. Marian uses improvisation as a tool for growth to help people develop their capacity to think on their feet, become active listeners, and develop leadership and interpersonal skills.

She is trained in a cutting-edge performance-based approach to human development. As an adjunct faculty member of the East Side Institute, an international research, education and training center, she leads workshops on the relationship between humor, improvisation and human development. She also leads improv workshops for the Institute’s International Class during their residencies in New York.

Marian has been a career coach with NYU Stern School of Business since 2011, providing performance-based coaching to MBA students, with a specialty in interview preparation. As a consultant to Elliott Management Corp., a $22B hedge fund, Marian was the in-house trainer and coach to young investment professionals, with a focus on developing communication capabilities. She also partners with ImprovScience as a Performance Director, helping scientists talk and work more effectively with one another.

She teaches the popular “Improv for Everyone” class at the not-for-profit All Stars Project’s UX, a free “university style” school for people of all ages and backgrounds.

A talented human resource professional, Marian spent 15 years at a boutique retained executive search firm. She has been described as, “A rare example of a thoughtful relationship-oriented recruiter. In an industry where the norm is transactional and short- term oriented, Marian stands out.”

Marian is an Artistic Associate at the All Stars’ Castillo Theatre on 42nd Street.  She has 20 years of improvisational performance experience and currently performs comedy improvisation at Castillo Theatre and stand-up comedy at Caroline’s Comedy Club.

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Arts. 

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