Aaron Ricciardi

College Faculty
Musical Theatre: Book Writing Elective

Aaron Ricciardi is a NYC-based musical theater writer, playwright, Equity actor, and educator who hails from South Florida. His plays and musicals include The Star Killers, Only Child, A Bushel and a Peck, Nice Nails, The Travels, and Hanukkah Harriet, which is published and licensed by Stage Partners. His work has been produced and developed by Clubbed Thumb, the Playwrights’ Center, NYMF, Jewish Theatre of Bloomington, Stages Bloomington, and the BMI Workshop, and he is an Affiliated Writer at the Playwrights’ Center.

Awards and residencies include Clubbed Thumb Early-Career Writers’ Group, Playwrights’ Center Core Apprenticeship, BMI Advanced Musical Theatre Workshop, Roundabout Space Jam, and the Clubbed Thumb Constitution Commission. Aaron wrote a chapter in The Playwright’s Toolbox, released in May 2024 by Applause.

Aaron graduated from the Theatre program at Northwestern University, where he studied playwriting under Laura Schellhardt, and he received his MFA in Playwriting from Indiana University, where he studied under Peter Gil-Sheridan.

As an educator, Aaron was visiting assistant professor of dramatic writing in the Creative Writing Program at SUNY New Paltz for five years. Currently, he teaches musical theater writing at Manhattan School of Music and playwriting at 92Y, and he co-directs the Musical Theatre Lab Series at Manhattan School of Music. www.aaronricciardi.com

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