Ed Reggi is a lifelong storyteller–who has the stories to prove it. Growing up in the Big Apple, Ed honed his acting early on by sneaking into the NBC studios located across from his Brooklyn home. Reggi studied at the prestigious Edward R. Murrow, School for Television and Media Communications. He was immediately drawn to both musical theatre and improvisation. He also trained at Marymount Manhattan College where he was introduced to Keith Johnstone’s Theatresports.
Ed earned his BFA from Fontbonne University and moved to Chicago to continue his study at the historic Second City. Reggi was invited to study with Second City’s founder Paul Sills and he did for nearly 10-years at Paul’s Theater Games Training Center in Door County, Wisconsin. Since 2004, Ed has traveled on behalf of Sills throughout Europe and the Southeast Asia; teaching and keeping the authenticity of Spolin’s Theater Games alive outside the United States. He also serves as an Artistic Associate for the Chicago Improv Festival, the largest Improv Festival in the World.
When Reggi returned to St. Louis, he served as COCA’s Director of Theatre and Voice until 2007. In that role, he created and founded the pre-professional COCA Theater Company (CTC) teen acting program. He has also managed to create a thriving career in both television and on stage. He’s a founding ensemble member of Insight Theatre in Webster Groves and has directed the highly acclaimed St. Louis original musical, ASPERGER’S: A HIGH FUNCTIONING MUSICAL. You can see Ed play himself on Oprah’s nationally syndicated show, WELCOME TO SWEETIE PIE’S. He has managed to start some local cultural events including the 48-Hour Film Project, the St. Louis Improv, and the St. Louis Fringe Festivals. Reggi is a proud member of the Actor’s Equity Association Union and serves on the regional governance board.
In 2013, Reggi co-created an Emmy™ nominated PBS weekly news and public affairs program that were fueled by social media engagement. His program got the attention of the National Press Club in Washington D.C. and many national cable broadcast owners. Ed is currently a Trainer and Teaching Artist with COCAbiz, where he facilitates Applied Improvisation workshops geared toward business leaders and their employees. He also teaches at Washington University, Saint Louis University and Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville. Viola Spolin (Ed’s biggest influence and mentor) said, “play touches and stimulates vitality, awakening the whole person: mind, body, intelligence and creativity.” And Ed maintains, “when we play together: we repair ourselves and we repair our world.”
See www.edreggi.com for current performance schedule.