Riley Thomas is a writer/composer for stage and screen. After developing his sound of contemporary musical theatre influenced by pop, rock and jazz, Riley has been compared to Jason Robert Brown, Jeanine Tesori and Stephen Sondheim. A champion of using theatre for evolution, Riley Thomas continues to challenge audience perspective with 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, which you can now view FOR FREE on YouTube. Three of his full-length musicals have received a total of seven accolades at the New York Musical Theatre Festival (NYMF) including recognition for book, music and lyrics. As a film writer, his short Beast or Raven was a hit on the 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 Dark Prophet Productions LLC, as well as a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild. His work has been performed all over the country and in NYC, notably at famous venues such as Lincoln Center, The Pershing Square Signature Center, Playwrights Horizons, Feinstein's/54 Below, the Metropolitan Room, the Laurie Beechman and the Duplex.
"Every now and then, the universe succeeds. So, in its sincere and refreshingly scrappy way, does Stuck."
Amy Madigan, Gerard Canonico, Arden Cho, Omar Chaparro, Ashanti; Stuck