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

May 7, 2019
CTAM Communications Strategies Course

April 11, 2019
Storytelling and Social Change, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

March 20, 2019
Starion Bank, North Dakota

March 19, 2019
North Dakota Council on the Arts

March 11-15, 2019
WBENC National Summit & Salute, Houston

February 21, 2019
Public Engagement for Academics: The Use and Abuse of Story, Institute for Research on Women, Rutgers the State University of NJ

February 5-8, 2019
FRANK conference, FL

December 14, 2018
Beyond Understanding: Listening for Emergence, NYC

December 9 & 10, 2018
Private Client, Phoenix

December 7, 2018
United Nations Population Fund, NYC

November 15, 2018
NationSwell Summit on Solutions, NYC

October 30, 2018
Listen Better, Hear More, free Waggl webinar

October 24 & 25, 2018
Behavioral Summit, NYC

October 18-21, 2018
National Harm Reduction Conference panelist, New Orleans

October 10-12, 2018
Communications Network, San Francisco

September 25-27, 2018
Participatory Narrative Program, San Diego

September 12 & 13, 2018
Building Narrative Power for Racial & Health Equity convening, NYC

June 21 & 22, 2018
Inspirefest keynote, Dublin

June 11, 2018
Biodiversity Funders Group, Kona, HI

June 7, 2018
Your Solution Story Matters, closing keynote, North Dakota Association of Nonprofit Organizations

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

March 22-25, 2018
Palliative Care Advanced Narrative Medicine Workshop, Columbia Presbyterian Hospital, NYC

March 20, 2018
Finding, Developing & Sharing Your Success Story, Foundation for Jewish Camp, Baltimore

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