Rick Bingen

Rick Bingen

Class Year


Current home

Kenosha, Wis.


Theatre and Computer Science

Current Position

Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Game Development at Carthage College 

Rick Bingen ’15 is a playwright and theatre artist, and a full-time computer science and game development professor at Carthage. He graduated from Carthage in 2015 with degrees in theatre and computer science.

“The thing I have enjoyed most in my career is the freedom to create new things, whether this is developing software, designing game features, or writing plays. I have time to think and problem solve creatively.”

Rick Bingen, 2015

How did Carthage prepare you?

“Carthage allowed me to have two very distinct majors in computer science and theatre, and without that, my life would have turned out very differently. Likely, I would not have been as interested in game development without these two halves of my life combining at Carthage.”

Why did you choose Carthage?

“I chose Carthage because I knew I wanted to major in computer science, and I could also join the Theatre Department without being required to audition.”

What opportunities were made possible because of your Carthage experience?

“I wrote my first play, “Whirligig of Time,” which was just produced in Milwaukee, and I created the game development curriculum here at Carthage.”

What's your favorite Carthage memory?

“I met my wife on my first day at Carthage, and I asked her to marry me at a talk-back after a world premiere show on the Wartburg stage.”

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