Thomas Riccio

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Thomas Riccio is Professor of Performance Studies and Artistic Director of Story Lab at the University of Texas at Dallas, working in the Institute for Interactive Arts & Engineering.


He has an MFA from Boston University, and has held a number of University and theatre positions over the years. The director of over 100 stage plays, he is also a prolific researcher whose articles have appeared in numerous journals. His plays have been produced in the United States and internationally and he is a recipient of numerous grants and awards.

Contribution to South African theatre and performance

He spent some time in South Africa, and worked with NAPAC and their Kwasa group, to workshop and produce Emandulo in 1992.

He has written up his African experiences and produced a number of articles and books on theatre and performance in Africa and Southern Africa, including:

Riccio, Thomas 1994. Emandulo: process and performance in a changing South Africa. Theatre Research International, 19:238-261.

Riccio, Thomas 1996. Politics, slapstick, and Zulus on tour. The Drama Review, 40(4):94-117.

Riccio, Thomas 1997. N!ngongaio: people come out of here: making a new story with the !Xuu and Khwe Bushmen. TheatreForum, 10:45-59.

Riccio, Thomas 2007. Performing Africa: Remixing Tradition, Theatre, and Culture. New York: Peter Lang.


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