Riley Thomas is a New York based writer/composer. His musical style having been compared to Jonathan Larson, Jason Robert Brown, and Jeanine Tesori, Riley has developed his unique sound of contemporary musical theatre influenced by pop, rock and jazz. A champion of alternative characters, ethnic integration and using theatre for evolution, Riley Thomas continues to challenge the audience perspective by exploring stories that are often overlooked in favor of glitz, glamour and fluff.
Notable projects include the feature film Stuck starring Giancarlo Esposito, Amy Madigan and Ashanti. Check out more: http://stuckmovie2019.com His musicals Stuck and Wearing Black collectively garnered five awards at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF). Wearing Black continues its development after an invited industry reading starring Constantine Maroulis at Playwrights Horizons. His newest musical My Real Mother, based on the book Open: An Adoption Story in Three Voices, was commissioned by Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and debuted in February 2019. His short film Beast or Raven was a hit on the film festival circuit, winning Best Short Film at the Milan International Film Festival, and Best Screenplay Nominations from the Berlin International Film Festival and the London International Film Festival.
Riley is Creative Director of StageLight Magazine, a member of ASCAP, the Dramatists Guild, a 2017 New Group Workshop Playwright, a 2016 Weston Playhouse Invited Artist, and recipient of the Anna Sosenko Assist Trust Grant and Johnny Mercer Songwriter's Certificate. His work has been performed all over the country and in NYC, notably at famous venues such as Lincoln Center, Feinstein's/54 Below, the Metropolitan Room, the Laurie Beechman and the Duplex.
"Thomas has shown that he has mastered just about every genre of show tune..."
Anita Welch, Danny Bolero, Mel Johnson Jr., Beth McVey, EJ Zimmerman and Tim Young; Stuck, NYMF 2012