Faculty at the School of Arts and Humanities

Thomas Riccio


Areas of Specialization:  Performance Studies, Theatre, Ritual, Indigenous, African, Alaska Native Performance

Office:  JO 5.614
Office Hours:  T: 5-7, Th: 5-7
Mail Station:  JO 31
Email:  [email protected]
Phone:  972-883-2016

Thomas Riccio, performance and media artist, writer and director, is Professor of Performance and Aesthetics at the University of Texas at Dallas, previous positions: Professor of Theatre, 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 Der es Salaam, University of Pondicherry (India), University of Nairobi, and the Korean National University for the Arts; and Artistic Director, Tuma Theatre, an Alaska Native performance group. He has directed at American regional theatres, including, LaMama ETC, The New York Theatre Workshop, and the National Theatre of Italy. Riccio works extensively in the area of indigenous performance, ritual, and shamanism, developing performances and/or fieldwork in South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Russia, Alaska, Korea, Ind ia, Nepal, China, Vietnam, and the Republic of Sakha (Siberia), which declared him a "Cultural Hero." In 2009 he devised/directed a performance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Academic writings have appeared in TDR, TheatreForum, Theatre Topics, Theatre Research International, and PAJ. Peter Lang published Performing Africa: Remixing Tradition, Theater and Culture. He is the recipient of the International Distinction Prize in Playwriting from the Alexander Onassis Foundation. His photographs, videos, and installations have been exhibited in a variety of galleries. He is the Artistic Director of Dead White Zombies, a Dallas-based, post-disciplinary performance group, most recently creating/writing/directing performance immersions, kaRaoKe MoTeL (2014) and DP92 (2015). He was Watermill Artist in Residence and is collaborating on a three year performance project at the Whitney Museum. www.thomasriccio.com & www.deadwhitezombies.com

Some of my research areas are: ritual, indigenous, shamanic, and experimental performance. Trained as theatre artist and writing, I work in western dramaturgical idioms. II also work extensively in the area of performance creation and devising. I am the director of the Dead White Zombies, a Dallas-based post-disciplinary performance group, which produces site-specific immersion performances.

I work to develop a student's ability as a interdisciplinary artist-scholar.

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Cleveland State University
Boston University

Curriculum Vitae:  Thomas Riccio's CV

Website(s):  Thomas Riccio  |  Dead White Zombies