Born in New York City, Reynaldo Rivera grew up in the Lower East Side, aka Alphabet City. In high school he landed his first acting role as Johnny Casino in Grease. Like lots of actors, this was the start of his love affair with the craft. After graduating he went on to study acting at The Lee Strasburg Theatrical Institute, H.B. Studio’s, and William Esper Studio's. Reynaldo Rivera captures his passion for life through his artistic and soulful expression on stage and screen. He cares about his craft and brings both a light touch and a deep exploration to the character that leaves the viewer and the spectator feeling inspired by his true gift. He has worked on a number of plays including God's Favorite and Hurly Burly as well as TV shows such as 24, Day Break, Dexter and One Life to Live. Easy to recognize, his talent has been shaped both through his training and life experiences, giving him access to a wide range of emotions and an infinite potential in his character development.
Where were you born? Where were you raised? Where did you go to school?
I was born in New York City and raised in the Lower East Side on Manhattan.
What is your job on this show?
I play Jacob a computer programer that is married to Adrian.
Who are your heroes?
My heroes are people who under any circumstance pursue there dreams. If you want to hear actors there are too many to choose from.
What is your Zodiac sign?
I'm a Libra, always looking for the balance.
Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theatre has already brought about societal change and it will continue too. It's art and that what it should do.
Would you be willing to get a microchip implanted in your eye?
I will be killed before anyone implants my with any form of technology.
Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this spring that...?
explores the topic of immigration, gay marriage and big brother. I'm honored to be apart of such a thought provoking show.
A Living Room Theater production, written and directed by Sonia Nam and Marcus Yi, The Procedure will be performed on Friday 5/31/13 at 5:00pm, Tuesday 6/4/13 at 9:00pm, Saturday 6/8/13 at 12:30pm, Friday 6/14/13 at 9:00pm, Monday 6/17/13 at 4:30pm, and Thursday 6/20/13 at 5:00pm as part of the Planet Connections Theater Festivity. The Festival will take place at the Gene Frankel Theater, at 24 Bond St New York 10012. Tickets can be bought here.