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Thomas Riccio is an award winning writer, performer and director and Professor of Performance and Aesthetic Studies at the University of Texas at Dallas. Previous positions: Professor, University of Alaska Fairbanks; Artistic Director of Chicago's Organic Theater Company; Resident Director and Dramaturg for the Cleveland Play House; Assistant Literary Director at the American Repertory Theatre; Visiting Professor, University of Dar es Salaam, the Korean National University for the Arts, University of Nairobi, and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He was Artistic Director of Tuma Theatre, an Alaska Native performance group and currently serves as artistic director of Dead White Zombies, a Dallas-based performance group. He has directed over one hundred plays at American regional theatres, off-off and off Broadway, and the National Theatre of Italy. He works extensively in the area of indigenous performance conducting workshops, research (in the areas of ritual, shamanism and mythology), and devised performances in Africa, Russia, Siberia, Korea, China, Vietnam, and Alaska. The Republic of Sakha (central Siberia) declared him a "Cultural Hero of the Sakha People”. His plays have been produced in the US and Europe. A variety of international journals and magazines have published his scholarly and performance writings, among them, TDR, PAJ, Theatre Topics, TheatreForum, and New Theatre Quarterly. Peter Lang published Performing Africa: Remixing Tradition, Theater and Culture and he received an International Distinction Prize in Playwrighting from the Alexander Onassis Foundation. He was Lead Narrative Engineer for Hanson Robotics, co-authoring several robot personalities. In 2009, he conducted research in Christian Orthodox ritual and devised a performance, Andegna in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Recently he conducted workshops in Estonia and presented and as an installation artist presented, The Invention of Memory (2010) and Not So Indifferent (2012) at Central Trak Gallery, Dallas. In 2011, Undermain Theatre did a workshop of his play, Ilira, and Dead White Zombies produced his play blahblah, which he directed. DWZ produced his play Flesh World as a site-specific performance installation in the Spring of 2012 and will present (w)hole in the Fall 2012. Upcoming international work includes research and performance projects in Chad, China, and Nepal. For more info: thomasriccio.com and deadwhitezombies.com

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