Ed Reggi is a proud member of Commercial Theater Institute in NYC; Actors Equity Association; Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor; and he is a Webster University C.A.T. Alum. Reggi performs around the world; offers individual and group coaching using Spolin techniques; consults not-for-profit agencies, governments, and corporations. When not traveling, Reggi lives in St. Louis, Missouri where he Produces the city's Fringe Festival; he is an Artist in Residency with Young Audiences of St. Louis and directs the award winning, Paper Slip Theatre.
What kinds of improv-related services are you involved in?
Teambuilding, Creativity, Innovation, Problem Solving, Communcation, Conflict Resolution, Life Skills, Change Management, Presentation Skills
Any niche industries, skills, etc?
Working with children, teens; including at-risk populations.
Share a favorite 'improv epiphany'
"If you really do not know what to say, then just fall - you will figure things out by the time you hit the ground." - Martin de Maat
More about you: (Short Bio or any other details you'd like people to know)
Ed Reggi is a professional producer and actor who facilitates both social and cultural change using improv techniques. Using Spolin Theatre Games, Reggi has successfully taught conflict management skills to street-gang members and developed new innovative HIV health education programs geared toward elementary school-aged children. Reggi founded the Saint Louis Improv Project, Inc., a community not-for-profit organization that used the work pioneered by Spolin to explore new ways at teaching life skills regardless of literacy, language and cultural barriers. His success has awarded him numeral awards and was named St. Louis Teaching-Artist of the Year in 2007.
Reggi was raised in the Big Apple; he knew he was a performer from the moment he met Bill Cosby outside the NBC studios across the street from his Brooklyn home. He spent his teenage years sneaking onto the set of the famed Bill Cosby Show to learn the ropes from the comic master. Reggi pursued Musical Theatre at the University of New York and holds a BFA in both Visual and Theatre Arts from Fontbonne University. Reggi has studied closely with Martin de Maat, Second City’s late Artistic Director, and Voila's son, Paul Sills.
Some of Reggi’s clients include: SONY-PLAYSTATION; MarkingWerks Chicago; DREAMS Hotels; COCA-COLA; Continental Tires; GTE; Farmers Insurance; Drake Beam and Morin Chicago; Brothers and Sisters of America; Community Health in Partnerships; Zanimation Los Angles; Zipitoni Agency; St. Charles Family Arena Center; St. Louis Regional Arts Commission; Association of State Treasurers; SONY; ABS-CBN Philippines Television Network; Cultural Center of the Philippines; A World of Difference, Inc.; Missouri State Thespian Association; Rolla Chamber of Commerce; First Night St. Louis; and State Farm Insurance Companies.
I need help with...
Connecting to new clients and working more outside the United States. I have had success in several third world countries and would like to continue this work.
Hi Ed, neuroscientist from MU here writing a grant to investigate neuroscience of creativity - would love to chat - trying to connect with you - firstname.lastname@example.org or check out haganlab.org - - my background included Keith Johnstone based improv, trained by Patricia Ryan in college - please lets connect, maybe would like to hire? involve? invite? you to participate in this project which will have implications for the way creativity is taught in business school curricula. am also collaborating with a psychologist who studies cognitive flexibility and trying to bring on board a business school faculty member who has an interest in creativity. best regards, catherine
I would love to connect with you. I am looking for an experienced workshop leader to work improvisationally, of course, with the families of returning veterans. This person needs to be able to travel to sites in Illinois that are within commuting distance from St. Loius (and way too far from Chicago). Background experience with creative arts therapies or psychodrama is a definite plus, but not a neccessity.
Missed you at the conference in Banff. It was terrific. This community honors and respects Viola's contributions.
I had the chance to work with Keith Johnstone too.
He is as direct as Viola, a true teacher. His methods though, seem to lead through the head and into the space.
Not as direct a route as Viola's.
Welcome aboard this wonderful site.