Thomas Riccio
Since 2007
Works in RICHARDSON, Texas United States of America

THOMAS RICCIO is an award winning writer, performer and director and Professor of Performance and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Previous positions: Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Artistic Director of Chicago's Organic Theater Company; Resident Director and Dramaturg for the Cleveland Play House; Assistant Literary Director at the American Repertory Theatre; Visiting Professor, University of Dar es Salaam, the Korean National University for the Arts, University of Nairobi, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He was Artistic Director of Tuma Theatre, an Alaska Native performance group and currently serves as artistic director of Dead White Zombies, a Dallas-based performance group. He has directed over one hundred plays at American regional theatres, off-off and off Broadway, and the National Theatre of Italy.

He works extensively in the area of indigenous performance conducting workshops, research (in the areas of ritual, shamanism and mythology), and devised performances in Africa, Russia, Siberia, Korea, China, Vietnam, and Alaska. The Republic of Sakha (central Siberia) declared him a "Cultural Hero of the Sakha Peopleā€. His plays have been produced in the US and Europe. A variety of international journals and magazines have published his scholarly and performance writings. Peter Lang published Performing Africa: Remixing Tradition, Theater and Culture and he received an International Distinction Prize in Playwrighting from the Alexander Onassis Foundation.

He was Lead Narrative Engineer for Hanson Robotics, co-authoring several robot personalities. In 2009, he conducted research in Christian Orthodox ritual and devised a performance, Andegna in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Recently he conducted workshops in Estonia and presented an installation, The Invention of Memory and Not So Indifferent, to multimedia installations, were presented at at Central Trak Gallery, Dallas, 2011 and 2012 respectively.

Riccio is the Poo Pah Doo of Dead White Zombies which produced his play blahblah in 2011. DWZ produced Flesh World and (w)hole as a site-specific performance installations in 2012. In 2013 DWZ produced T.N.B., a site-specfic work that took place in a former crack house, and Bull Game, an interactive performance dealing with competition. DWZ will present Hotel Karaoke in the fall of 2014.

Red Arrow Contemporary presented his photo/video/archival exhibit in the spring of 2014. He was an artist in residence at Halka, Istanbul, Turkey, 2014. Upcoming international work includes research and performance projects in Chad and Nepal. For more info: and