JOINED THE IMPROV PROJECT: 2012
IMPROV TRAINING: The Second City Detroit
WHY I TEACH IMPROV: “While working with The Improv Project, I’ve had many students tell me that they have been surprised by how creative they’ve become. They say they feel free to take risks and try new things. I’ve watched them discover and learn to value their unique voices. I love that.”
EXPERIENCE: Rico is a professional actor and improviser. He has a long association with The Second City Detroit as a writer, performer, director, and producer. He has taught improv to youth for over 15 years. His experience also includes working with young men in adjudicated youth facilities and coaching business school students at Wayne State University. Rico is a member of The Detroit Creativity Project’s artistic advisory group and has been instrumental in developing our applied and online improv syllabuses.
Rico can be seen onstage and in film and television roles. His recent stage work includes University of Tennessee’s production of Master Harold, Ixion Theatre’s production of TopDog/Underdog, and the CAP production of Fences. He is also featured in several independent films, including Lost Heart, Sincerely Brenda, and Buzzard.