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Riley Elton McCarthy

Based in New York City

They/Them • Member Since 2022

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My Story

RILEY ELTON MCCARTHY (they/them) is a nonbinary playwright, performer, producer and screenwriter spawned in Georgia, AKA the land where peaches grow freely and fiddle-playing devils roam, transplant of North Carolina, and is currently residing as a plant parent in Brooklyn. Riley writes a lot about plants, especially about climate change, environmentalism, and the treatment of Earth reflected in the psychology of how we humans treat one another. Riley's work tends to focus on the subversion of classic tropes through the lens of lesser-known genres, transgender representation, and underrepresented queer history. And of course, lots of plants. Plants are neat, okay? Residencies include Chaos Collective, CPH HOTMeat, Elephant Room Productions EERS, Scawwy Howwow Theatre Works-in-Progress, The Bechdel Group Readings Series, and Art House Productions’ INKubator New Play Development program. Their work has subsequently been staged at The Tank, CPH Queer Theatre Festival, Bøssehuset, Folketeatret, Kulturhuset Indre By, House of International Theatre, Student Theatre at Marymount, Marymount Manhattan College, and The Hudson Guild Theater. They are a proud member of The Dramatists Guild, and are a proud parent to their dog and two cats. BA: Marymount Manhattan College.

Sexual Orientation
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Playwright, Actor, Producer

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