Career Play Inc.
New York, NY
Career 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.
I offer workshops, full and half day trainings and executive coaching.
“Each year I bring together a dozen educators, scholars and activists from about that many countries in a program training them in the practice of a psychology of becoming. They simultaneously build their learning ensemble and learn the basics of performance and development. They couldn’t do this without Marian Rich, our resident performance and improvisation teacher and coach. Marian is magic! With her, people do the impossible!” – Dr. Lois Holzman, Director East Side Institute; Author, Performing Psychology
“Marian Rich will have participants thinking about interviewing and networking in new and useful ways. She offers strategies on how to have meaningful and memorable conversations, whether the conversations are in the context of a career fair, networking event, or an interview. Her facilitated activities build confidence and empower participants to perform at their highest potential. Her sessions are effective whether participants consider themselves to be extreme introverts or those who are known extroverts. I’m one of those deathly afraid of audience participation kinds of things but I found nothing to fear with Marian (or her activities) and much to learn. I enjoyed her activities. She trains participants to listen and respond to what is being communicated at that moment. Because of her performing arts background, I found the insights into career planning that she was able to provide and solicit from participants were different than those career services staffs are typically able to generate, and thus her expertise and programming for students was an invaluable contribution to our programming line up and excellent professional development for our staff.”
– Libby Westley, Director, Center for Career Planning, Christopher Newport University
I am a 20+ year veteran improvisational comic who started my own business in 2011 to offer applied improv trainings, workshops and classes. I also continue to teach improv at the All Stars Project in New York City. I am currently the co-leader of AIN-NYC, the New York City chapter of AIN.
I am trained 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. I am also on the faculty where I lead workshops on the relationship between humor, improvisation and human development.
I am an Artistic Associate at the Castillo Theatre on 42nd Street. I'm also a long time community organizer and performance activist. I'm part of the international organizing committee for the biannual international Performing the World Conference.