Richard Rivera is a Bronx-born, New York City-based artist. He has experience performing, teaching and choreographing both in the United States and internationally. Richard was a member of Ailey II under the direction of Sylvia Waters and has since worked with Sean Curran, Kevin Wynn, Donald Byrd, Reggie Wilson, Shen Wei and Arthur Aviles. In 2002 Richard founded PHYSUAL – a dance company that uses movement as a catalyst for developing ideas and innovation in performance. PHYSUAL has been presented and granted awards to create new work and perform at: Jacobs Pillow Inside/Out series, Tribeca Performing Arts Center, Harlem Stage / E-Moves, Pepatian, New York Mix Festival, Topaz Arts, Queens Museum, Dance New Amsterdam, Ballet Builders, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Tokyo School of Music. Recent dance/work affiliations are with Hope College in Michigan and as choreographer for the Pregones musical NEON BABY.