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Thomas RiccioThomas 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 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. Thomas will be teaching in the Writer’s Workshop and will be a panelist (responder) for the Playlabs.