Roger Manix is an international consultant, educator and author at the forefront of designing play-based learning experiences to grow empathy, joy, and belonging. His award-winning curriculum was developed while lecturing at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and has been taught to elementary school students through The Fortune 500. Clients include Goldman Sachs, The World Bank, PWC, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Dow Jones, LinkedIn, FDNY, Sprint, Riverdale Country Day, the K-12 Lab at Stanford’s d.school, and NYU.
He created the first-of-its kind play-based course to stimulate innovation and foster collaboration at Parsons School of Design at The New School. Roger continues to teach within Parson’s Global Executive Program, using his curriculum to spark curiosity and develop emotional and social intelligence within creative teams.
Roger’s curriculum has been recognized as one of Fast Company’s World Changing Ideas, and rated the #1 workshop at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business multiple years in a row. For several years, he’s been nominated by students for Parson’s Most Distinguished Teaching Award and The Award for Social Justice.
He is co-author of Turn That Thing Off! Collaboration and Technology in 21st Century Actor Training. The book explores excessive smartphone and tablet use, its effects on collaborative behaviors in the classroom, and offers solutions to rekindle human connection.
He’s co-founder of Immersiva, a technology company that uses play to turn TV into an interactive, social, and educational experience for families. Immersiva strives to raise the consciousness around digital wellness and promotes conscious screen time and family bonding with original programming. Roger has created multiple shows dedicated to both SEL and STEM.
A public-school student all the way through graduate school, Roger studied math and theater at The University at Albany, and earned his M.F.A. in Acting from Brooklyn College, where he taught for 11 years.
Bullied from a very young age, Roger has made it his life’s mission to create a global community of kindness through play.