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Libby Ricardo, M.F.A.Libby Ricardo, M.F.A.

Assistant Professor of Theater
Department of English, Theater, and Interdisciplinary Studies

Library 264
Bluffton campus

Libby Ricardo, M.F.A., is an Assistant Professor of Theater in the Department of English, Theater, and Liberal Studies at USCB. She is an award-winning actor, director, and teacher who has appeared in stage, television, and film productions throughout the country.

Ricardo earned a B.F.A. with honors at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts in 2008, and an M.F.A. in Performance at the University of Georgia in 2012.

While enrolled at the Tisch School, she took a wide variety of courses at the Stella Adler Studio, at the Bali Conservatory and at the International Theater Workshop in Amsterdam. She took on roles in Les Liaison Dangereuses, and Romeo and Juliet among other productions at the Stella Adler Studio. At UGA, she performed in Taming of the Shrew, Twelfth Night, and Romeo and Juliet. She played the title role of Juliet.

Ricardo made her theater debut at the age of 10, singing in La Boheme and Carmen with an opera company in Providence, R.I. She was cast in the annual production of A Christmas Carol put on by the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence. She has been performing ever since.

Ricardo's emphasis in her teaching and research is the promotion of theater skills as life skills, including extensive work with simulated patient programs.


"Playing Sick: Training Actors for High Fidelity Simulated Patient Encounters," (with George Pate) The Journal of American Drama and Theater (Spring 2016).


"A slow revolution: building a theater program from scratch," Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference, August 1, 2018, Boston, Massachusetts.

"With a little help from our friends: Low budget theater seasons and community collaboration," Spectacular Seasons on Reduced Resources, Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference, August 4, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada

"Motivated, not blind, casting: Using acting scenes to encourage questions about canonicity and normativity," Assigned Representation: Challenging Acting Scenes, Scripts and Assignments Drawn from a Straight, White, Able-bodied and Binary World, Association of Theatre in Higher Education Conference, August 4, 2017, Las Vegas, Nevada

"The Water is Wide: A celebration of Pat Conroy's memoir", with George Pate, Jayne Violette, and Ellen Malphrus, Southern States Communication Association Conference, April 5-9, 2017, Greenville, SC

"Alone on theater Island:  Building bridges between disciplines," College English Association Conference, March 30-April 1, 2017, Hilton Head Island, SC

"Remembering our Soldiers: Exploring the Past through Performative Interpretation of Letters from the Marine Corps," The Words Spoken: Verbatim on Stage and in the Classroom, Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, August 2, 2015, Montreal, Canada

"An American Seder: Americana Passover, Ritual, and the Negotiation of Identity through Performance," Theatre of Engagement: Roundtable on Contemporary Theatre Practice, American Literature Association Conference, May 23-26, 2013, Boston, MA

"Playing Sick", Play/Ground Roundtable Series: Playing in the Pedagogical Sandbox: Testing Theories of Embodied Classroom Practice, Association for Theatre in Higher Education Conference, August 1-4, 2013, Orlando, FL

"Innovations: A Program for Teaching Communication Skills Using Volunteer Simulated Patients Trained in Contextual Appropriateness" (Co-Authored) 2012 Group on Regional Medical Campuses, March 29, 2012

Recent Directing Projects

Fall 2018 Mamma Mia! Beaufort Theatre Company Beaufort, SC
Fall 2016 9 to 5: The Musical Beaufort Theatre Company Beaufort, SC
Spring 2016 Twelfth Night Sea Island Classical Studio Beaufort, SC
Spring 2016 Godspell Beaufort Theatre Company Beaufort, SC

Recent Acting Projects

Fall 2016 The Underpants Gertrude Lean Ensemble Theater
Fall 2015   Inherit the Wind Mrs. Krebbs Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Spring 2015 A Midsummer Night's Dream Hermia Shakespeare Rep
Fall 2015  Almost, Maine Ginette, Gayle Shakespeare Rep