Rich Swingle has performed and/or taught on five continents, in 27 nations and in hundreds of venues, mostly with one-man plays he has written or helped develop: A Clear Leading, Big Fish Little Worm, The Revelation, The Acts, Alien Immigration Training, Views of the Manger, Five Bells for 9/11, Journey to the Garden, Paradise Lost, God of Hope, Shepherds Reflect on Psalm 23, and Beyond the Chariots, which he’s performed Off-Broadway, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival (the largest arts festival in the world), in LA, Toronto, Hong Kong, Shangai, and in Beijing, Vancouver, Singapore and London while those cities hosted the Olympics or Youth Olympics.
Rich has acted in a number of New York City productions, film, radio, and CD-ROM.
He has been featured in over a dozen movies: the lead role of Frederich Lehman in Indescribable, the featured role of Claud in the award-winning A Christmas Snow, the principal role of Forrest Woods in The Screenwriters, the principal role of Coach Sean Ryan in For the Glory, the featured role of Sheriff Hanson in the award-winning Pawn’s Move, the featured role of a land speculator plus the voice of a featured role in Alone Yet Not Alone, the featured role of Nigel Livengood in Princess Cut, a slave trader in Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods, a lead role in the short film “Settled”, a featured role in Christmas Grace, a voice over in Creed of Gold, and a featured role in Beyond the Mask.
He has been performed as The Apostle Paul for CD and DVD in God of Hope. He played the narrator and all other roles in Paradise Lost, which was featured at the International Double Reeds Conference. He provided the voice of Peter Cooper, the subject of a documentary by award-winning Gardner Documentary Group. For the Beginners Bible video series, distributed by Sony Wonder, he did 20 roles including Jesus, Adam, and the Serpent.
He recorded two projects related to the September 11th attacks: Crossing Barriers and Stage Shadows. He has performed voice-overs and on-screen roles in several commercials. He originated the roles of Simonides and Pontius Pilate in the musical Judah Ben-Hur in Singapore, and he performed five poems by George Herbert at The Kennedy Center.
Rich has directed the theatre program of The MasterWorks Festival since 2005. There he worked with John Kirby (acting coach on The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, DéJà Vu, Count of Monte Cristo) to co-direct Tartuffe and Our Town, during which he performed the role of the Stage Manager, and The Miracle Worker. Rich has directed Cyrano de Bergerac, and has taken to an Off-Broadway venue The Jeweler’s Shop, Twelve Angry Jurors, and in the summer of 2014, Much Ado About Nothing. www.RichDrama.com/MWF
Rich’s shorter works have shared the stage with numerous musicians including Margaret Becker, Bob Carlisle, The Martins and Fernando Ortega.
Rich was on the planning committee for Media and Arts at the Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization in Cape Town, South Africa, and he is on the board of Christians in Theatre Arts, through which he was selected as a leader and Featured Dramatist for CITA to the Nations, a trip to Jordan and Israel in which he taught, directed, performed and organized others to do the same for students in Amman, Jordan. Then they performed biblical sketches where they took place.
Rich is a Freedom Finder for Graceworks, helping presenters in a variety of fields overcome stage fright and connect with their audiences through seminars and project coaching.
Rich was a writer for the documentary Olympic Hero in China: The Eric Liddell Story, for which he recorded the English narration. He is working on some other projects for stage and screen.
He has performed and/or taught workshops in more than 40 colleges or universities, including his alma mater, George Fox University (once rated the number one Christian college in the US by Forbes and US News and World Report), University of Memphis, Namseoul University in Korea, Singapore Bible College, and Asia-Pacific Nazarene Theological Seminary in the Philippines. Each spring he teaches a workshop at Princeton University. Rich also spoke at the Ivy League Congress on Faith and Action, hosted by the Harvard University chapter of Christian Union.
The Unexpected Bar Mitzvah (pre-production), Micah Maslow
Polycarp: Destroyer of Gods (post-production), Auctioneer
Princess Cut (post-production), Nigel Livengood
Confessions of a Prodigal Son (post-production), Homeless Man
Beyond the Mask (post-production), Dr. Bonneville
The Screenwriters (post-production), Forrest Woods
Creed of Gold, TV Reporter
Christmas Grace, Clerk
In His Steps, John Gray
Alone Yet Not Alone, Speculator
Settled (Short), Tom
For the Glory, Coach Ryan
Pawn’s Move, Sheriff Hansen
A Christmas Snow, Claud
The Beginner’s Bible: The Story of Easter (Video short) (voices)