I'm a writer, actor, and singer originally from Coral Springs, Florida. I now call New York City home. I got my B.A. in Theatre, with a certificate in Musical Theatre, from Northwestern University, and I'm a lyricist in the BMI Lehman Engel Musical Theatre Workshop. In 2014, The Travels, my epic play with songs by Kelly Hoppenjans (music) and me (lyrics), played a sold-out run at the New York Musical Theatre Festival. I'm currently an M.F.A. candidate in Playwriting at Indiana University, where I study under Peter Gil-Sheridan.
I'm represented by Ben Izzo in the Literary Division of Abrams Artists Agency.
I have news.
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!
HuffPost publishes my thoughts on the 2016 election
My song "I Met a Guy" featured in BMI Workshop Smoker
"I Met a Guy," a song with lyrics by me and music by Daniel Rein, was featured in the BMI Musical Theatre Workshop Smoker, a showcase of new songs from workshop writers. Click here to read a press release about the event, and check out this video of the performance.
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.
Him & Her & Gay Men in General
A metaplay that starts as a simple story but spirals into a more complicated one, a story about love and sex and how time moves for children of abuse.
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.
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.
A Bushel and a Peck
full-length solo show
A solo show about the last nine months of my grandfather's life, in which I play pretty much everyone in my family.
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?
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.
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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