About Marian Rich

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“Marian is magic! With her, people do the impossible.”                                                                        – Dr. Lois Holzman, Director of the East Side Institute

Marian Rich is the President of Career Play, Inc. As a trainer, facilitator, and comic educator, she uses improvisation as a tool for growth. Through playful and engaging training workshops, classes and presentations, Career Play helps people develop leadership, communication and interpersonal skills, while enhancing participants’ creative capabilities.

Career Play Inc. provides training to a number of businesses, non-profits, and academic organizations. As a consultant to Elliott Management Corp., a NY-based investment management fund, Marian was the in-house trainer for young professionals, with a focus on developing communication capabilities.

She partners with improvscience to offer Communication and Collaboration trainings for data scientists, analysts, engineers and programmers. Marian is also one of improvscience‘s Performance Directors, helping scientists communicate and collaborate more effectively with one another.

As a consultant to New York Institute of Technology, Marian offers performance-based educational trainings and directs an experiential learning program where college students teach STEM classes to children in community-based after school programs. At NYU Stern School of Business she offers “Improv in Residence” coaching groups and workshops.

During her tenure of 15 years at a boutique retained executive search firm, Marian has coached executives from a range of industries. As a longtime human resource professional she helps her corporate clients with their recruitment, onboarding and talent management efforts.

Marian received her training in a cutting-edge performance-based approach to human development at the East Side Institute, an international research, education and training center for new non-didactic approaches to psychology and education. As a faculty member at the Institute, she leads workshops on the relationship between humor, improvisation and human development. She is the resident performance and improvisation teacher and coach for the Institute’s International Class during their residencies in New York.

As a longtime builder and volunteer at the not-for-profit All Stars Project, Marian teaches the popular Improv for Everyone class every semester at UX, a free “university style” school for people from the poor communities of New York City.

Marian is an Artistic Associate at the All Stars’ Castillo Theatre on 42nd Street. She has explored various comedic forms including stand up comedy and humanitarian clowning with Dr. Patch Adams. She has 20 years of improvisational performance and directing experience, and currently performs comedy improvisation at Castillo Theatre

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

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