Featured Artist: Rich Ferraioli

This is a series of posts featuring our artists who are making things happen in and around our great borough of Queens.  Please check back weekly for new posts.

Rich Ferraioli
Rich Ferraioli

Artistic Director of Variations Theatre Group

Which Queens neighborhood do you live in and for how long?
Long Island City – Since 2008

How did you get involved in theater?
I began my theatre career at the age of 4 when I played John Wesley in a church play where my shining moment was being carried out a window of a burning building. I knew at that point that theatre was and always would be a passion of mine. I went to college for acting and quickly discovered that I needed to direct instead. I have been directing ever since.

What do you love most about Queens?
I love Queens and especially LIC. Not only is it a city that is about to blow up but is one of the most convenient, eclectic, and energized neighborhoods. It has the hipsterness of Brooklyn with the convenience of Manhattan. I truly believe that LIC/Queens has some of the best restaurants and best residents in the 5 boroughs.

Your top Queens picks (food, entertainment, sights, etc)?
Entertainment – Obviously The Chain
Food – I love Manducatis Rustica on Vernon an Fresco Tortilla on 36th Ave
Bars – LIC Bar will always have a special place in my heart as will The Shannon Pot
Sights – Nothing beats the Gantry at anytime especially before one of these reoccurring Hurricanes…just beautiful.

Current/Upcoming projects?

So many to count….visit www.chaintheatre.org for more information


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