About Us

Welcome to Rich Tolsma Productions

We share stories through video. Stories that sell, train and inform.  Stories that raise money, raise friends, or raise awareness. We believe that video is the most effective and compelling tool to reach your audience. Whether at a sales meeting or gala event, on a DVD or via the internet, video stories reach your audience where they are. The programs we produce are purpose-driven and results oriented. Working together we’ll see that your video achieves your goals and connects with your target audience. Our experienced team is dedicated to providing a a high quality production and to meeting your needs through superior customer service.

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Our Team

Team Member

Rich has over thirty years of experience in video communications, multi-media production and training. For many years he was Manager of Communications for Strawbridge & Clothier, and was responsible for producing training, delphia. recruiting, fashion, point-of-sale and motivational programs for the highly regarded department store chain. In 1996, he went into business on his own as Rich Tolsma Productions. Rich is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and has been involved at the local and international level for twelve years.  In 2015 Rich was elected to the board of American Insight and the Free Speech Film Festival.  He holds a bachelor’s degree from Susquehanna University in Music Education and a master’s degree in Educational Communications from Temple University. A dedicated musician, Rich sings with the Philadelphia Singers Chorale and the Mendelssohn Club of Phila

James joined the Tolsma Productions team in 2012 and works both at our South Philadelphia office and on-location. James manages day- to-day operations, coordinates logistics, and works directly with clients at all stages of the production process including producing and directing productions. An avid amateur cyclist and photographer, James earned an A.A.S. from Delaware County Community College and B.S. from Saint Joseph’s University.

Since 1994, Mark has been successfully producing images and photos for Emmy nominated television shows, inspiring documentaries, reality television, professional sporting events, national news, and non-profit groups. His creative vision, sensitivity to client needs and an understanding of production technology and techniques offer clients a confidence that is unique to the industry. Mark received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast / Cable from Penn State University with a minor in Art / Photography.

Erik balances post-production and field work, has experience filming, editing, and providing technical support to a broad base of clients. With a passion for audio and years of experience as a musician, Erik brings a unique skill set to all projects. He has worked with multiple production technologies and a myriad of equipment, solidifying a professional knowledge in many aspects of the film and audio professions. Erik holds a B.A. in Film and Media from Temple University.

What Others Say About Us

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Rich and his team captured the essence of our project on day 1. He worked closely with my team and the college leadership to blend his expertise with our knowledge of the college and the product we wanted to produce.  Our experience with Tolsma Productions was first rate, and I recommend them highly.

Don Hasseltine

Formerly with Dickinson College, Current VP for Development at Brown University

Rich and his team focused on understanding the mission and needs of our agency and were able to help us creatively and effectively communicate our message through numerous videos over the years.

Marlene Olshan

Formerly with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Rich Tolsma Productions understands nonprofits – from story telling, to outcomes, to donors and sponsors.  They will deliver a compelling product that will captivate your target audience… and win awards!

Rachelle Damminger

Formerly with Big Brothers Big Sisters, Current Deputy Director of Communications at Spark Program

I’ve been working with Rich and his team for several years. They are adept at taking footage from one shoot and creating multiple videos for multiple platforms, which helps me create cost-efficiencies with everything I shoot. The Tolsma team also project manages extremely well under tight deadlines—and they’re always a pleasure to work with.

Nora Barry

Owner, Druid Media, Inc.