Ricardo Pitts-Wiley Bio April 20, 2012Posted by rpittswiley1 in Uncategorized.
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Contact Ricardo Pitts-Wiley
C/O Mixed Magic Theatre
1005 Main Street Unit 115
Pawtucket, RI 02860
In 2000 Ricardo Pitts-Wiley and his wife Bernadet formed Mixed Magic Theatre & Cultural Events, a non-profit arts organization, dedicated to presenting a diversity of cultural and ethnic images and ideas on the stage. Ricardo served as the company’s Artistic Director until 2010 when his son Jonathan, a 2007 Yale grad became the new director.
While serving as Mixed Magic Theatre’s director he gained national and international acclaim for his page-to-stage adaptation of Moby Dick, title Moby Dick: Then and Now. This production, which was presented at the Kennedy Center for the Arts in Washington, DC and showcased in Poland at a bi-annual Melville conference, is the centerpiece of a national teachers study guide. It will also be featured in a book “Reading in A Participatory Culture due out in the Spring of 2012. Pitts-Wiley has also written adaptations of Don Quixote, Frankenstein, The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave and the life and poetry of Paul Laurence Dunbar.
During the 2009-2010 school year Ricardo was the Martin Luther King Visiting Scholar at MIT in Cambridge, MA where he directed and lectured on Shakespeare and page-to-stage adaptations of classic literature.
In addition to his work as an adapter of classic literature Ricardo is also the composer of over 150 songs and the author of 12 plays with music including Waiting for Bessie Smith, Celebrations: An African Odyssey, Sara’s Jukebox, The Spirit Warrior’s Dream, Man, Woman, Chaos: A Cabaret Show, Night Voices, Reflection On My Afro-Centric Self, 35 Miles From Detroit, Night and Shakespeare, Fate Comes Knocking, The Well of Woman and A Kwanzaa Song.
The music for Sara’s Jukebox, The Spirit Warrior’s Dream, The Well of Woman, Man, Woman, Chaos: A Cabaret Show, Night Voices and Night and Shakespeare was written with his long-time collaborator Robert Schleeter
Ricardo Pitts-Wiley is an accomplished actor, director, playwright and composer. He has performed at noted theaters throughout the United States including The Actor’s Shakespeare Project in Boston, Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI, The Old Globe Theater and San Diego Repertory in San Diego, North Carolina Black Repertory, Rites and Reason and Perishable Theater. He has also performed at the North Shore Music Theatre, Foxborough Orpheum, New Repertory Theatre, Worcester Forum, Westerly Shakespeare in the Park, The People’s Light and Theatre in Westchester, PA and the Providence Black Repertory.
Ricardo has played feature roles in Fences, King Lear Master Harold and the Boys, Driving Miss Daisy, The Tempest, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Spunk, Boseman and Lena, Macbeth, The Good Times Are Killing Me, Romeo and Juliet, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, A Winter’s Tale, The Island, Threepenny Opera and John Brown’s Body. He has also appeared in productions of The Emperor Jones, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Hamlet, Of Mice and Men, The Taming of the Shrew, Only In America, The Colored Museum and A Raisin In The Sun.
He also has extensive experience with the work of William Shakespeare including several years of work and study with Tina Packer at the renowned Shakespeare and Company in Lenox, MA
He has directed over 50 plays and musicals.
Below Ricardo Pitts-Wiley as King Lear