Jay Rhoderick

Jay RhoderickIn October of 1996, Jay Rhoderick was cast in a news satire show, requiring him to write and improvise nightly sketches based on late-breaking New York Times articles. Thrilled by the big laughs he heard during his Bill Clinton impression, Jay left the stage determined to make a career as an improviser—drawing real stories and ideas from teammates, audiences, and breaking news to inspire spontaneous theatre.

Jay taught acting and developed curriculum in the Bronx public schools and was a guest instructor at Yale School of Drama. He is a proud founding member of one of New York’s first “long-form” improvisation troupes, Centralia (named after a Pennsylvania town with a underground coal fire that has been burning since 1962). Jay taught improv at the People’s Improv Theatre in New York for a decade (Thaler was one of his students).

All this performance and teaching work led to corporate role-playing and coaching for clients like Merck and PriceWaterhouseCoopers—as doctors, managers, and “challenging” customers. Jay was delighted and surprised to hear his business clients laughing hard as they improvised stories and solutions together—just as hard as the Bronx nine-year-olds and Yale MFA students.

Jay has since developed high-level pitching, presenting, and negotiating skills at many companies, including Condé Nast, JPMorgan Chase, Mars Candy, the US Olympic Committee, and Herman Miller. Four years ago, Jay founded and continues to lead Bizprov, a boutique consultancy training business people in creative methods of communicating and collaborating through improvisation.

Centralia won Improvisation News’ Best Long Form Award in 2010 and still performs hour-long entirely improvised musical-acrobatic-comedy spectacles.

Jay is leading our creativity efforts, coaching executives, facilitating our How to Develop & Deliver a TED-Style Talk workshop, and designing our Pitch Academies.

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Upcoming Events & Appearances

April 12, 2018
Persuasive Speaking & Storytelling, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

March 16, 2018
How to Write an OpEd, Institute for Advanced Study

February 15, 2018
How to Write an OpEd, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

February 6-9, 2018
FRANK conference, FL

Autumn, 2017
Staff Retreat: Communication & Story Exploration, NYC Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Tobacco Control

October 27, 2017
Storytelling is Only Half the Story, public program, NYC

September 27-29, 2017
Communications Network Conference

September 13, 2017
Storytelling is Only Half the Story: The Value of Narrative Enquiry, Dublin, Ireland

September 18 & 19, 2017
Oral History Collection, Ireland

August 16, 2017
NationSwell Council round table, Storytelling for Change, NYC

July 25, 2017
What is Story & Why it Matters to You & Your Clients, public affairs firm, Washington, DC

June 22-25, 2017
Images & Voices of Hope Media Summit

June 22 & 23, 2017
Narrative Team Building Retreat, international nonprofit

June 5, 2017
The Welcome Conference

May 22 & 23, 2017
Communicating Meaning: The Crucial Role of a Leader, public program, NYC

Week of April 24, 2017
Oral History Collection, Bermuda

April 12, 2017
Narrative Leadership Program,
global cosmetics company

March 23, 2017
Writing OpEds, Institute for Research on Women

March 1-3 , 2017
FRANK Conference

February 24, 2017
Finding, Developing & Sharing Your Story, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

February 23, 2017
Why & How True Stories Matter, keynote, S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

February 15, 2017
Montefiore Medical Center ObGYN Advocacy Track