Devised, Writer, Director


Riccio has directed a serious, richly textured piece of stagecraft that incorporates haunting visual and aural effects and finely realized ensemble movement into an engrossing theatrical ritual. His work evokes a sense of magic and myth that goes beyond the usual standards of “theatricality” back to the origin of performance as an expression of awe and wonder.

The Chicago Reader




Writer/Director, Dead White Zombies

Animation projections, Kartasi, StoryLAB

Animation projections, Kartasi, StoryLAB



We are bombarded by so much information, much of it external, superficial and lacking a depth of consideration. Our lives increasingly sped up, mediated and structured, and ordered by technology, determining who and what we are." he says. "Holy Bone is about being human again, about considering that we are on a journey every day. We are now cosmic hunter-gatherers that must be alert, nimble, mobile, and when necessary, subversive.

Riccio likes theater, he teaches it, but he says that's not really what Dead White Zombies are up to.

"Theater, along with ritual, performance art, installation, meditation, media, sound and drama therapy, are all languages we apply," he says.

"We live in a mobile and transitory world, the form of theater – people sitting in the dark watching the illuminated mind – is a bit of a relic.”

from an interview

Dallas Observer


Riccio likes to throw visual razor blades at his audience.

Chicago Sun Times