Thomas Riccio is currently professor of performance studies and arts and technology at the University of Texas–Dallas, artistic director at Story Lab and a faculty member at the Institute for Interactive Arts and Engineering. He was formerly professor of theatre at the University of Alaska–Fairbanks, artistic director at the Organic Theater in Chicago, resident director/dramaturge at The Cleveland Play House, associate literary director at the American Repertory Theatre at Harvard and visiting professor at the University of Dar es Salaam and Korean National University of the Arts.
Riccio has worked extensively in the area of indigenous performance and anthropology, conducting research and developing performances in Africa, Siberia, Korea, China and Alaska. He has presented workshops and lectures internationally. His academic writings have appeared in numerous international journals.
His recent activities have included Performing Africa: Remixing Tradition, Theater and Culture, Peter Lang (2007); distinction prize in playwriting, Alexander Onassis Foundation (2006); lead narrative engineer for Hanson Robotics, Inc. and co-author of the Einstein robot personality, featured at the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, New York City.