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Thomas Riccio

Thomas Riccio is a Professor of Performance and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas, previous positions: Professor of Theatre, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Artistic Director, Organic Theater Company, Chicago; Resident Director/Dramaturg, Cleveland Play House; Assistant Literary Director, American Repertory Theatre; Visiting Professor, University of Der es Salaam and the Korean National University for the Arts; and Artistic Director, Tuma Theatre, an Alaska Native performance group. He has directed over one hundred plays at regional theatres, off-off and off Broadway, and at the National Theatre of Italy, with other productions touring Russia, Africa, and Europe. Riccio worked extensively in the area of indigenous performance, ritual, and shamanism, developing performances and/or conducting fieldwork in South Africa, Zambia, Kenya, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Russia, Republic of Sakha (Siberia), Korea, China, Vietnam, and Alaska. His plays have been produced in Europe and the US and he has presented workshops and lectures internationally. His academic writings have appeared in TDR, TheatreForum, Theatre Topics, Theatre Research International, and Performing Arts Journal. Peter Lang published Performing Africa: Remixing Tradition, Theater and Culture, 2007. He received an International Distinction Prize in Playwrighting from the Alexander Onassis Foundation, 2006. He is Lead Narrative Engineer for Hanson Robotics, co-authoring several robot personalities, among them Zeno for the Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago. Current interests include performance immersions and media installations. He is a Producing Artist with Project X, and recently wrote and directed Some People for the Dallas-based company.