I'm a writer, performer, and educator originally from Coral Springs, Florida. I now call New York City home. I received my M.F.A. in Playwriting from Indiana University, where I studied under Peter Gil-Sheridan; my B.A. in Theatre, with a certificate in Musical Theatre, from Northwestern University, where I studied under Laura Schellhardt; and I'm a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. I’m currently on faculty at SUNY New Paltz as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, specializing in dramatic writing.
I'm represented by Ben Izzo in the Literary Division of Abrams Artists Agency.
I have news.
Pinch me (with a Clubbed Thumb), ‘cause I’m in their Writers’ Group!
This season, I will be one of eight playwrights in Clubbed Thumb’s Early-Career Writers’ Group. I’ve been a huge fan of this theatre company for years, so I am honored and thrilled to be part of this. I will be mentored through the year by Tony Award-winner Rachel Sheinkin (!!!), and the program will culminate with a presentation of my work next summer at Clubbed Thumb’s annual Summerworks. Stay tuned for that!
That’s Professor Ricciardi to you.
This coming school year, I will be on faculty at SUNY New Paltz in the English department as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Creative Writing, specializing in dramatic writing. I can’t wait to be back in the classroom.
Find me next season at the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis
I’ve been selected as a Core Apprentice by the Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis for their 2019-2020 season. The Core Apprentice program at the Playwrights’ Center pairs student playwrights or recent graduates with professional mentors and offers full play development workshops at the Center.
Click here for a press release from the Playwrights’ Center, where you can learn about the other two writers who will be joining me for the Core Apprenticeship, Gursimrat Kaur and Taylor Rankin.
Stay tuned for news on a week-long workshop and reading of a TBD new play next June!
I got my MFA and moved back to NYC!
After three years studying with Peter Gil-Sheridan at Indiana University (IU), I got my MFA in Playwriting. I’m so grateful for my time at IU, where I grew so much as a writer, wrote a bunch of new stuff, made fabulous friends, and started my teaching career, teaching undergraduate courses in Playwriting, Musical Theatre Songwriting, and Musical Theatre Bookwriting.
Now I’m back in New York City, excited to see what the future holds.
Videos from workshop of my new solo show A Bushel and a Peck at IU
I workshopped my newest project, A Bushel and a Peck, a play for one actor, which I performed myself. The presentation was direction by Kenneth L. Roberson (Broadway’s Avenue Q and All Shook Up). Check out these videos of my performance:
Only Child premieres at Indiana University
My new play Only Child runs from February 22nd-March 2nd at Indiana University as part of their At First Sight New Play Festival, directed by Jenny McKnight.
Check out this interview from the Indiana Daily Student with me about the play, and this video interview with me:
Him & Her & Gay Men in General wins big at Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Fest.
My new ten-minute play Him & Her & Gay Men in General was chosen as a National Finalist for the Gary Garrison National Ten-Minute Play Award at Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival in Madison, WI.
Him & Her & Gay Men in General going to Region III Kennedy Center American College Theatre Fest.
My new ten-minute play Him & Her & Gay Men in General was chosen as one of the top six plays in Region III of the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. It will be performed in a staged reading on Saturday, January 12th in Madison, WI.
briars lit published my poem, "Sonnet no. Diner"
briars lit published my poem “Sonnet no. Diner” in their first volume, which went live today! Click here to check out my work and the work of other great writers in this new anthology of queer work.
Nice Nails premieres at Indiana University
Resting Bitch Face selected as runner-up in Tennessee Williams Festival One-Act contest
I'm in Brett Ryback's Joe Schmoe Saves the World
I'm playing Lyon in a developmental production of Brett Ryback's new musical Joe Schmoe Saves The World, directed by Christian Barillas.
My musical theatre songs performed in concert
Call Me Crazy: the lyrics of Aaron Ricciardi, a concert of musical theatre songs with lyrics by me and music by Kelly Hoppenjans, Ayumi Okada, and Daniel Rein, was presented at The Blockhouse in Bloomington, Indiana. Check out these videos!
I'm a writer.
In a landscape of distorted and fractured memories, a teenage prince meets a lonely schoolteacher and becomes deeply intertwined in her home, her marriage, and her fantasies.
As word spreads of labor department crackdowns, a Korean-American woman fights to modernize her parents' tired nail salon, all while growing captivated by a new customer.
Resting Bitch Face
While studying for a history test on World War II, three 10th-grade girls warn their friend about the dangers her RBF poses to her social standing.
A canvasser comes to the door of two clueless young women, to encourage them to vote in the upcoming election, but they couldn’t care less, even though the world is on the brink of disaster.
Natalie, an “actor” in L.A., grabs coffee with her estranged childhood friend who’s in town, and word vomits about her fabulous life, until her façade falls, and the two women are drawn together.
Full of It, or Diana
Diana is the worst. Or is she actually a pretty decent person with a strong moral compass and the rest of us are assholes?
A Bushel and a Peck
Excavating a family secret, Aaron grapples with what to make of a void left by a less-than-perfect loved one.
for young audiences
Shayna hates Hanukkah. That is, until a bubby from the Old Country teaches her the value of tradition and of miracles, large and small.
Can I See Your Face?
By day, Jeff and Kirk lead humdrum lives like the rest of us, but, at night, these two closeted men rendezvous in a gay sex chat room and project their fantasies onto each other.
Him & Her & Gay Men in General
A metaplay that starts as a simple story but spirals into a more complicated one, about love, sex, and children of abuse.
At the Movies with Kenneth and Asher
Kenneth and Asher got caught sneaking into an R-rated movie, so they’re on a bench in front of the theater, unsure of what to do with their night—or at least until their moms come to pick them up.
The Haven, a pilot
A dry ensemble comedy-drama that centers on a seedy family-owned rent-by-the-hour motel. Inspired by my family.
The U.S. of A. is the greatest country on Earth — at least, that’s what they preach every day on the nation’s only TV show. This dystopian tale has proven eerily prophetic in the age of Trump.
The Cousin with the Eyebrows
12-year-old Sol's life turns from dismal to spectacular when Seth, his 25-year-old gay cousin who lives in New York City, comes to visit for Yom Kippur.
1979, New York City. A privileged, well-bred young woman goes off in search of adventure in the world of disco, where she finds her new obsession: a fabulous trans woman.
Published on the Huffington Post:
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