Ralph is a performer, director, producer, and instructor and has been involved in improv comedy since 2008. He was the Artistic Director of Philly Improv Theater from January 2013 to June 2015 and during that time was instrumental in moving Philly Improv Theater (PHIT) into it’s permanent home at The Adrienne Theater, as well as reshaping it’s programming schedule into one of the most robust in the city, with shows representing improv, sketch, stand-up, and variety. Ralph also created The Dynamite Series @ PHIT, a series of different projects that blend improv comedy with other communities and disciplines within the Philadelphia area to create hybrid shows exclusive to the PHIT stage. He has also been an instructor at the PHIT Training Center since 2011, teaching hundreds of students through Level 101, 201, and 301 improv courses.
Ralph is a member of former PHIT house team King Friday, of the 2010 TROIKA Championship team Pasiones de Pasiones (an improvised Spanish telenovela), and one half of the duo Sad Trombone with fellow PHIT instructor and director Steve Kleinedler. He is also creator and cast member of (Untitled) #_, a show that combines improv comedy and visual arts. Finally, Ralph hosts VS, PHIT’s cagematch style improv competition show that happens every Saturday at midnight.
He has performed on the UCB Theatre main stage as part of the Del Close Marathon, at the People’s Improv Theater for the New York Improv Festival, at the Magnet Theater in New York, on the Baltimore Improv Group stage, at the Chicago Improv Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, Boston Improv Festival, and the Los Angeles Improv Comedy Festival.
Before he began his improv career, Ralph worked in Los Angeles on the production teams of some memorable television shows and movies, including The World Stunt Awards, ABC’s 50th Anniversary Special, the 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, and the feature film Seabiscuit. He was also Art Director on many independent videos and short films, and worked as the Assistant Art Director on the Showtime comedy series The Underground, starring Damon Wayans.
Ralph has studied under some of the most gifted improvisers in Philly, and workshopped with talents like Armando Diaz, Christian Capozzoli, Brian O’Connell, Craig Cackowski, Shaun Landry, Kevin Mullaney, Susan Messing, Christina Gausas, and 30 ROCK’s Scott Adsit.
When not performing, Ralph coaches independent teams in and around Philadelphia, and formerly directed PHIT House Team The Future. He also has a regular 9 to 5 job as an Operational Specialist for BBYO, a worldwide Jewish leadership organization for high school teens.
Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphAlpha