Born and grew up in the Bronx, raised by parents were also native New Yorkers. Graduated from St. Ann’s, Regis High School in Manhattan, and Fordham University at Rose Hill (The Bronx) with a BA in Mathematics.
Taught math for a traveling high school, then worked as a computer programmer for IBM in Westchester, where he became involved with theater for the first time. “Retired very early” from IBM and spent 2 years training as an actor at the Neighborhood Playhouse School. Satisfaction and happiness eluded him until a director friend, Kent Paul, encouraged him to try stage managing. He bought Bert Gruver’s book, The Stage Manager’s Handbook, and he learned as he went.
Many triumphs and mistakes later, Rich counts himself very lucky to have a career that has taken him to lots of wonderful places, geographically and artistically, including Cleveland, Ohio, – 11 seasons at Great Lakes Theater Festival. There he met three people who have had a great and lasting influence on his personal and professional lives – Gerald Freedman, the Artistic Director; Hal Holbrook, with whose Mark Twain Tonight! he’s been touring for over 16 years; and Randy Wilcox, who’s been his partner in life since early 1992 and husband since Nov. 3, 2013. They live on the Jersey shore and love their travels, the most fabulous of which were their 18-day honeymoon to Hawai’i – 4 islands in a tent – and a month in New Zealand. Paradise!!
Rich’s resume includes 7 Broadway shows, plus countless showcases, off-Broadway, regional, touring, event and “other” productions over the past 35 years.
Rich is very proud of, and grateful for, his association with the SMA, for through it he has made many, many friends across the country.