zombie co-founder, Poo Pah Doo
Thomas Riccio is a Professor of Performance and Aesthetic Studies UTD, previous positions: Professor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; Artistic Director of Chicago's Organic Theater Company; Resident Director and Dramaturg for the Cleveland Play House; Visiting Professor at the University of Der es Salaam and the Korean National University for the Arts; and Artistic Director of Tuma Theatre, an Alaska Native performance group. He has directed over one hundred plays at American regional theatres, off-off and off Broadway. He has worked extensively in the area of indigenous performance, ritual, and shamanism, conducting research and developing performances in Africa, Russia, Siberia, Korea, China, Vietnam, and Alaska. In 2009 he devised a performance in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. He is the author of Performing Africa: Remixing Tradition, Theater and Culture, Peter Lang and receptiant of an International Distinction Prize in Playwrighting, from the Alexander Onassis Foundation. He wrote, designed, and directed, blahblah, (w)hole, Flesh World and T.N.B. and Bull Game, Karaoke Motel,and DP92 for DWZ. He recently conducted research, workshops, and gave lectures in Nepal, India and China. He was a Watermill Center Resident Artist and is collaborating with Sibyl Kempson on 12 Shouts, a performance series at the Whitney Museum.
above: in the T.N.B. crack house/performance space
Dead White Zombies