Riley is a director with a practice in new writing and devised performance.
In 2017, Riley completed a Bachelor of Performing Arts (Performance Making) at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). Prior to studying at NIDA, Riley worked as the Directorial Secondment on Barbara and the Camp Dogs for Belvoir. Riley interned with Performing Lines WA where he assisted in organising the national tours of Sensorium Theatre’s Oddysea and Roslyn Oades’ Hello, Goodbye and Happy Birthday.
Riley was the recipient of a New Colombo Plan grant from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to spend a semester abroad at the Intercultural Theatre Institute in Singapore to study psychophysical approaches to performer training.
Recent directing credits include: the devised work We Are Gods and Simon Stephens’ Morning (NIDA), Essie Holt’s Distant Places (triple J Unearthed), Josephine Macken’s The Tent (Sydney Chamber Opera/ NIDA), Anna Barnes’ Minus One Sister (The Blue Room Theatre), and the devised verbatim work I Am Not Your Safe Space (WAAPA).
Recent assistant directing credits include: Stay Happy Keep Smiling (NIDA), Trouble in Tahiti (Lost and Found Opera), An Almost Perfect Thing (The Blue Room Theatre), Les Mamelles de Tirésias and The Impresario (WAAPA).
He directs This Bitter Earth at the New Theatre