Born and raised in Fountain Hill, Pennsylvania, Rip was educated at Northampton Community College (AA), Temple University (BA) and The University of Connecticut (MFA) and has served on the adjunct faculty at Columbia College Chicago and taught numerous workshops on college campuses, high school classrooms, and acting studios. His work has been seen and/or heard on various stages, screens, and pages throughout the country.
A member of Actors Equity Association, Rip was awarded Best Actor at the Washington D.C. 48 Hour Film Festival for his work in the short film, Re-Break, and was a President’s Scholar at Temple University. Over the past two decades, he has traversed numerous stages both venerable and novel including Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Illinois Shakespeare Festival, Connecticut Repertory Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, Writers’ Theatre, TUTA Chicago, City Lit Theatre, Teatro Vista, Philadelphia Children’s Theatre, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Pennsylvania Youth Theatre and many others. A drummer since the age of 12, Rip has appeared on 9 albums and is currently working on a new one with the rock band Secret Pint.
Rip has been taught by and continues to collaborate with a vast network of diverse educators, artists, and peers who symbiotically stimulate and challenge his growth as an artist, as well as the quality of the American theatre experience. He looks forward to sharing this experience with his students by stimulating them to become bold, risk-taking artists.