Born in Vienna, Austria, Ginger Rich spent most of her formative years in Rensselaer, NY and Newton, Massachusetts. A graduate of Wellesley College (magna cum laude) where she majored in Spanish, she also has a Business Management Certificate from NYU in Personnel Management Development and Training. After many years in the corporate world, in 1995 she was finally able to realize her dream of becoming a professional actress.
Since then, she has appeared in numerous films, theater productions, and on TV, where she was seen on “Late Night with David Letterman”. In “Angels in America”, on HBO, Comedy Central, MTV, the Romance Channel; and, among many others: “30 Rock”, “Law & Order”, “Saturday Night Live”, “Sex & the City”, and the “Maury Povich Show”.
A highlight in her career was playing the role of Sarah Becker in the Peccadillo Theater Company’s production of “Counsellor-at-Law” with John Rubinstein, which won 2 Lucille Lortel Awards, an Obie, and was nominated for 3 Outer Critics Awards. She played the role twice (the second time Off-Broadway) earning considerable published praise.
Other theater credits include the leading role of Rita in “Second Chance” at the Paul Robeson Theater; the Italian comedy “What ?” for La Risata Theatre Co.; and 21 Off-Off Broadway shows (since 2002) for Love Creek Productions, where she is in the repertory company and appeared twice in the Samuel French Festival. Among her favorite Love Creek Network roles: Anne, the nurse, in Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House”; Pearl, the outspoken matchmaking waitress, in “Strictly Personal” (two different productions); Aunt Peggy, the creepy cleaver-wielding apparition in Le Wilhelm’s “Shiver”; and Greta, the sophisticated condescending dog-human in David Brendan Hopes’ comical raunchy comedy, “Alfie & Greta”.
Her performance training includes Weist-Barron, The School for Film & Television, and HB Studio, where she continues to study Musical Theater with Dan Manjovi.,
She is also a print and runway model, who has appeared on two magazine covers and a centerfold for “The Net Economy”; the cover of a greeting card for Avanti Press; and, among others, in the New York Times Magazine’s special Wedding Section. She modeled designer fashions for three summers on a 40-foot runway in front of the Adam Clayton Powell Office Building during Harlem Fashion Week Uptown, has been modeling fashions since the 70’s, and for adult education art classes in recent years.
Ginger has been reading talking books for the blind at the Jewish Braille Institute since 1993, when she was seeking a way to help others which could fit in with her career. She is also a Certified Consulting Hypnotist, who helps individuals to attain their personal goals, and who has lectured widely.