For a week you were able to share with performers from throughout West Africa your knowledge and experience combining popular and traditional performance. Your workshops will no doubt have a profound impact and will be felt in the next generations of the companies from which these young performers belong. Your ability to bridge between your methods and the objectives of the festival made for a very successful exchange. My sincere thanks.

Jean Guingane

Directeur FITMO, Burkina Faso

Without Mr. Riccio's tireless input this project would not have been possible. He has shown an uncanny ability of walking into a foreign culture and developing a theatre language that transcends all barriers.

Themi Venturas

Kwasa Group, South Africa

Now I am more expressive and have a deeper understanding of what happened in my people's past and what is happening now and what I can do about it.

Wilma Brown

Tuma Theatre, Alaska

Sharing with  you the joy of life at this point is a privileged moment for me.  I share with you a noble sense of living with full of joy, zeal and vigor. I do cherish an iconic image of life, art and service from you. I imbibe from you sincere dedication to profession and love of life of freedom. You are my role model in both life and profession.

Dhruba Karki

Tribhuvan University, Nepal

Using his understanding of the Yup'ik performance traditions as a basis, Thomas evolved the workshop into a model of the collective creative process. This process illustrated, in a very practical way, how the Yup'ik have lived with their land, climate, and animals. This understanding empowered the participants with their own culture as it promoted a deeper understanding, and put a truer meaning behind the significance of traditional performance.

Cynthia Simpson-Sugar, Kuskokwim College, Bethel, Alaska


Select workshops

University of Pondicherry, India
Mandala Theatre, Nepal
Viljandi Culture Academy, Estonia
Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia
Great Plains Theatre Conference, Omaha
DirectorsLab, Chicago
International Puppet Festival, Kenya
National Theatre of Kenya
Kwasa Group, South Africa
College of Wooster, Ohio

Brown University
Tukak' Teatret, Denmark
Out North Theatre, Alaska
Center for the Arts, Zambia
Riksteatern (National Theatre), Sweden
Shikasta Teatre, Sweden
School of the Art Institute Chicago
Massachusetts College of Art
National Theatre School, Poland
Eastern New Mexico State University
International Festival of Theatre & Marionettes, Burkina Faso
National Theatre of Sakha, Siberia
East African Theatre Center, Tanzania
Helsinki Institute of Art and Media, Finland
Turku School of Art, Finland
Cleveland Public Theatre
National University for the Arts, Korea
University of Nairobi, Kenya
Smith College
Mount Holyoke College
University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Asian Pacific Performance Exchange, UCLA
Metamorphosis Theatre, Russia
California Institute of Integral Studies
Dramatiska Institutet, Sweden
Västanå Teatern, Sweden
Tampere Theatre Festival, Finland
Springs Teatret, Denmark
Perseverance Theatre, Alaska
Kuskokwim College, Alaska