Photo by Ian Whalen

Photo by Ian Whalen

Photo by Benjamin Clay Images

Photo by Benjamin Clay Images

Riley is a multidisciplinary artist and producer in Portland, Maine.

He works with dance improvisation, video art, sculpture, music, and live installations to experience states of consciousness through the hyper-articulate body in motion. Riley has been an artist-in-residence at SPACE, Bates Dance Festival, and Hewnoaks Artist Colony, and will be a 2019-2020 Studio Resident for the Ellis Beauregard Foundation in Rockland, Maine.


Riley has become a passionate arts advocate and producer for his home state of Maine since returning from Europe in 2016.  He is the creator of Portland Dance Month, a decentralized festival to highlight the Fall season of dance & performance in Southern Maine, and is a Performance Advisor at SPACE, where he helps produce the Moving in SPACE and COMPANY performance series. He has been on the Advisory Council for Bates Dance Festival, is on the Board of Directors at Bangor Ballet, and continues to perform worldwide in the work of choreographer William Forsythe.

Some highlights:

Thomas School of Dance/Bangor Ballet.1994-2001

Walnut Hill School for the Arts 2001-2003

The Juilliard School 2003-2007

Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet 2007

Bern Ballet (Switzerland) 2007-2008

Netherlands Dance Theater 2008-2010

The Forsythe Company 2010-2015

Sylvie Guillem Life in Progress 2015

William Forsythe’s Alignigung 2016

William Forsythe’s A Quiet Evening of Dance 2018-Current

Princess Grace Award 2006

Leonide Massine Positano Prize Contemporary Dancer of the Year 2015.