Richard Rella Jr.

, Staten Island , NY 10303 , United States


A college professor by the age of twenty five, Richard received his BA from Fordham University and his MFA in Acting from Brooklyn College. He has studied at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts and the Manhattan School of Music, learning from such film and stage icons as Austin Pendleton(A Beautiful Mind, Nemo, My Cousin Vinny), Marcia Milgrom Dodge (Ragtime), Olympia Dukakis (Moonstruck), Paul Gemignani (Pal Joey, Assassins), and Rodney Cottier (Shakespeare’s Globe, Royal Opera House).An actor, singer and writer, Richard has performed in London, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Dallas, and New York City. Richard has toured nationally with Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding and has performed several of Shakespeare’s works at the Globe Theater in London and in London’s West End.Richard received his first major motion picture contract in 2009 for his performance in the Touchstone Pictures film Confessions of a Shopaholic. Richard has since been seen in seasons three and four of the Emmy award winning NBC comedy 30 Rock.Richard is also an accomplished writer, writing for the nationally syndicated newspaper Backstage. Since 1960, Backstage has been serving the artistic community and Richard is proud to boast a dozen periodicals for this renowned publication.Not resting on his accomplished past, Richard continues to work towards a brighter future. He has had several callbacks for the critically acclaimed Broadway and touring productions of Jersey Boys. In preparation for this demanding show, as well as to broaden his already diverse skill set, Richard is studying piano and guitar at Monmouth University. In addition, some of his upcoming endeavors include producing and directing the National Touring company of Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding, recording his first CD, and performing the lead role of “Jerry” in the feature film Because of You.

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