Richard Walker - Columbia College Chicago

Richard Walker

Assistant Professor


Ric is a performer, teacher and writer and director.

As an actor, he has appeared in numerous plays, independent films, and television. He has worked as a corporate spokesman for such companies as Eli Lilly, Computer Associates and Oracle. He has improvised with and been a member of comedy troupes The Second City, Comedy Sportz Chicago, and MCTD (Midwest Comedy Tool & Die).He is also a founding member and log time director of The Improvised Shakespeare Chicago. He is a member Emeritus of 2nd Story and an active participant in Chicago's story telling commiunity. Ric has designed and facilitated workshops on improvisation, public speaking and communications for corporations and organizations such as Coke, Pepsi, and Starbucks. You may recognize him from guest roles in Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and APB. Ric is currently a Professor at Columbia College Chicago in the nation’s first BA in Comedy Writing and Performance

Ric has stories published in a compendium of short stories entitled Briefly Knocked Unconscious By A Low-Flying Duck and on the web including

Instructional Areas

Improvisation Comedy Performance Acting Silent Comedy Stand UP Character Work On-Camera Comedy Writing Storytelling

Creative Practice and Research Interests

Story Telling Comedy Improvisation On-Camera Performance


B.F.A., Acting Wright State University 1987
M.F.A., Theatre Arts University of Pittsburgh 2014