Areas of Specialization: Performance Studies, Media Performance, Installation, and Immersion performance; Indigenous Performance; Ritual and Shamanism; Acting, Stage Directing, Dramaturgy, and Theatre Theory, Literature and Criticism.
Education: MFA, Boston University, 1982
Thomas Riccio is a post-disciplinary performance artist and Professor of Performance and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Previous positions: Professor, University of Alaska; Artistic Director, Chicago's Organic Theater Company; Resident Director, Cleveland Play House; Assistant Literary Director, American Repertory Theatre; Visiting Professor: University of Dar es Salaam, California Institute of Integral Studies, University of Nairobi, and Korean National University for the Arts.
He has directed over one hundred plays at American regional theatres, off-off and off Broadway and has worked extensively in the area of indigenous performance conducting research and/or creating performances in: South Africa, Zambia, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Kenya, Europe, Russia, Siberia, Korea, China, and Alaska. The Peoples Republic of Sakha (central Siberia) declared him a “Cultural Hero”. His writings on performance, ritual, shamanism, and robotics have appeared in numerous international journals, books, and magazines.
He received an International Distinction Prize in Playwriting, from the Alexander Onassis Foundation and has worked as a Narrative Engineer for Hanson Robotics, co-authoring several interactive, conversational robot personalities. He devised Andegna a performance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2009.
He is the Poo Pah Doo of Dead White Zombies, a Dallas-based experimental, post-disciplinary performance and media group that utilizes ritual, indigenous and immersion expressions. In 2012 He wrote, directed and created the installations for Flesh World, (w)hole, and in 2013 T.N.B., and Bull Game for the Dead White Zombies. He conducted workshops and research in Nepal and India in 2013. In 2014 he was a Halka artist in residence, Istanbul and presented his photos, video and performance artifacts at Red Arrow Contemporary Gallery.