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Manny Rivera


New York


MANNY RIVERA is a trans, Salvadoran-Puerto Rican theatre artist. They are a member of the queer performance art collective, A Beautiful Desperation.


Director/Sound Designer

Corkscrew Festival

New York, NY · July 27, 2018 – August 5, 2018

“Desarrollo” by Juliany Taveras

Nelly, Alaida, and Sol spent hot summer days daring, dancing, and documenting their way across boroughs, rivers, and storefronts. Ten years later, time has seemed to warp everything, from their once-indestructible friendship to the landscape of the streets they used to call home. Desarrollo is an unraveling—a discovery—of what happens to the people and the places we love when put under pressure; like film developing in the dark, their stories are ones of transformation, of capturing the moments that change us.

Performance Artist

A Beautiful Desperation

2014 – Present

A Beautiful Desperation is a self-produced, trans-disciplinary, experimental performance collective. These queer interrogators, spell-casters, and cultural organizers write and perform original independent multimedia pieces developed in conversation with one another.
Using movement, evocative prose, and magic, they weave together aesthetic and narrative stories that are entry points into pressing social issues. With art, they coalesce around the urgent need to create and build community that questions, celebrates, and inspires.

Collective Members:
Mieke D
Samantha Galarza
Tova Katz
Mette Loulou von Kohl
Rachel Messer
Manny Rivera



Bronx, NY · May 27, 2017 – May 28, 2017

“Root Channels”

Nada de esto es un sueño: 24hrs con Juan Rulfo – Closing Reception for JUAN RULFO TURNS ONE HUNDRED

Curated by Virginia Grise and Blanka Amezkua

Assistant Director / Sound Designer

Aaron Davis Hall

New York, NY · May 12, 2016 – May 14, 2016

“Blu” by Virginia Grise
Directed by Jennifer Holmes

An epic poem for the stage, blu traces the explosive after-effects of prison and hunger, desire and war. The play follows a queer Chicana/o family as they try to envision an earth and sky without police and their helicopters. Winner of the 2010 Yale Drama Series Award.

Director / Sound Designer

The City College of New York

New York, NY · February 25, 2016 – February 27, 2016

“Marisol” by Jose Rivera
Assistant Directed by Marvin Tran


BA in Theatre

The City College of New York

New York, NY · – 2014

AS in Theatre Arts

Kingsborough Community College

Brooklyn, NY · – 2013


Dan Fishback Virginia Grise Jennifer Holmes Taja Lindley


Stage Mangement, Sound Design