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Richard Stockton Rand

Richard Stockton Rand

Professor / Theatre / Acting // Rueff School of Design, Art, and Performance

Professor, Acting // Theatre // Rueff School

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Room: PAO 2178


Phone: (765) 494-3077

MFA, Southern Methodist University
BA, State University of New York at Stony Brook


Acting & Movement


Richard Stockton Rand has acted on and off Broadway; and in regional theatre, film, and commercials. A recipient of an Indiana Arts Commission-National Endowment for the Arts Artist Fellowship for Solo Performance, and has performed in two hundred cities in more than a dozen countries. His creative and scholarly work has been published in Movement for Actors, Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte, Baseball MonologuesMore Monologues for Men, Hopewell Journal: New Work by Indiana’s Best Writers, and Sycamore Review. Rand has directed, acted or choreographed 75 professional productions and 75 Purdue Theatre productions. A resident teaching artist with Maggie Flanigan Studio in NYC, he has served as a resident guest artist with NAFA in Singapore, University of Minnesota-Guthrie, FSU/Asolo, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, Brandeis University, The College of William and Mary, University of Rochester, and other universities and theatres. More important than his professional or academic work, Rich is a teacher. His specialty is physical transformation and the integration of characterization and acting. The recipient of numerous teaching awards, he has mentored faculty and established and chaired teaching excellence committees at the division, department and school level; and served as Senior Faculty Mentor in Purdue’s Teachers for Tomorrow program. A frequent lecturer on teaching and character, Rich is honored to teach “Life – A User’s Guide” for the Honors College and work with Purdue Old Masters. In addition to serving on 175 committees at Purdue, he has served as Chair, Interim Chair, and Undergraduate Coordinator in the Department of Theatre; is a Past-president of the Association of Theatre Movement Educators; and was recently inducted into the National Theatre Conference. In his life and work, he is devoted to mental wellbeing, inclusion, equality, equity, and honesty.


Purdue Theatre Directing
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, 2020
The Two Gentlemen of Verona (co-director)2019
Companion Animals, 2018
The Mousetrap, 2017
The Glass Menagerie, 2017

Static (World Premiere), Phoenix Theatre, 2018
The Sunset Limited, Medical Humanities Conference, Purdue University, 2019

The Glass Menagerie, NYC
, 2021
Guards at the Taj, Purdue Theatre, 2019
Release Point, Indy Books, 2018

Picnic, Purdue Workshop Production, 2018
The Beaux’ Stratagem, 
Theatre, 2018
The Mousetrap, Purdue Theatre, 2017

Doubt, NYC 2021
Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches, Purdue Theatre, 2020
Companion AnimalsPurdue Theatre, 2018
The Beaux’ Stratagem, Purdue Theatre, 2018
The Mousetrap
, Purdue Theatre, 2017
The Glass Menagerie
, Purdue Theatre 2017

Movement for Actors – Chapter: The Whole of an Actors’ Life, Allworth Press, NY, 2017

The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’Arte, Routledge, 2016

UG Workshop Advisor
A Raisin in the Sun, Spring 2018

Resident Instructor, Maggie Flanigan Studio, NYC, 2014-Present

Inducted into National Theatre Conference, 2018
Honorary Old Master, Purdue University, 2018
Book of Great Teachers, 2015