Riley McCarthy

Composer Playwright Lyricist

Riley McCarthy (They/Them) is in their senior year at Marymount Manhattan College and will earn their Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Arts with a double concentration in Writing for the Stage and Theatre Performance in Spring 2021.

Their plays, which tend to draw focus on division and exclusion within sub-communities of the LGBTQ community, have been produced at the Hudson Guild Theater and Marymount Manhattan College, and they have been a participant in various playwriting bakeoff competitions.

Their most recent works include The Lesbian Play (Marymount Manhattan College), and Southern Bedfellows (Hudson Guild Theatre), and they are currently in the process of writing a new full-length titled The Untitled Scarlett Johansson Play.

While at Marymount, Riley  is currently the senior representative for BFA Acting/BA Theatre Performance as a member of the Theatre Arts Student Council. Riley also founded and was president of the student organization Strong Fxmale Lead, a club dedicated to producing more onstage and offstage roles in the theatre for female and trans-identifying artists.

They were an intern at Adam Driver's noteworthy organization Arts in the Armed Forces, and was their first military child student intern. Outside of school, they produced Great Gay Bakeoff, a weekly playwriting bakeoff during the COVID-19 pandemic aimed at inspiring more LGBTQ driven stories.