Richard Grossman: Teaching Artist
About Richard Grossman:
Richard’s life journey is an enduring exploration of artistic expression and creative communication — blending curiosity, passion and entrepreneurial spirit with technical savvy and good old-fashioned know-how.
His career path has taken him from the theatrical stage to the concert stage; from the broadcasting studio to the recording studio; from the front of the post-secondary classroom to behind the administrator’s desk; and from post-production facilities to facilitating the communications needs of Fortune 500 corporations.
As a producer/engineer, sound designer, songwriter and composer, his work has been heard on major label recordings, radio and television, live theatre, corporate boardrooms and online over the past three decades.
As an entertainment industry entrepreneur, Richard established Mainstage Promotions in the early ‘80s as one of the leading artist management and college booking agencies in the US. His artist roster included comedian Louie Anderson. He also owned and operated Synctronix Recording and Production Studios during the “Purple Rain” boon, helping launch the career of MCA recording artist Giorge Pettus, among others. In 1985, Richard co-founded the indie record label and publishing company Crocus Hill Music, which he still operates today.
Richard has more than 15 years experience in higher education as a teacher and administrator. He managed Arts Education programs for both McNally Smith College and Hennepin Technical College. In 2009, he founded REAL (Real-life Experience in Academic Learning), an education/digital media consulting firm, offering arts-centric programs and services including TIPP (Training Intuitive Performers and Presenters) as well as a series of Jazz Master Classes and Lectures.
In the corporate arena, he has consulted for companies such as Traveler’s Insurance, 3M, American Express, Kodak and Northwest Airlines. He served as Vice President of Marketing and Business Development for Advanced Communication Design and as Director of Media Services for North American Media Group, both based in his hometown of Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Richard firmly believes that knowledge empowers and is dedicated to helping people realize their full potential through improved communications. He has spent the better part of his life becoming a “born” communicator and knows from personal experience what that requires. He is at his best developing the personal presence and technical expertise of others.
Richard holds a Bachelor Degree in Organizational Management and Communications from Concordia University in Saint Paul, Minnesota along with various certifications and licenses. He is an active volunteer in non-profit community arts through his association with MAP (Map for Non-Profits).
Workshops with Hennepin Theatre Trust:
Inner Technology: An Inside-Out Approach to Overcoming Performance Anxiety Part 2
(Can be taught as a single workshop or as a two-part series with Cindi Claypatch)
Just Beat It: Drumming for Multitaskers
(See Program Description download for more information)
To request one of Richard's workshops, contact:
Whitney Rhodes, Education & Community Engagement Associate
612.455.9531 or Whitney.Rhodes@HennepinTheatreTrust.org