Southern Bedfellows at CPH Queer Theatre Festival. Left: Annelise Nielsen (JO), Right: Riley McCarthy (HAYWOOD). Photo by Joseph Sherlock.

Riley has been professionally acting since the age of 13 in theatres across the United States and Europe. Riley made their collegiate debut in Marymount Manhattan College's She Kills Monsters directed by Victoria Collado, and their Danish stage debut as Haywood in Southern Bedfellows at Folketeatret. Favorite roles include The Witch (Into the Woods) and Cynthia (The Lesbian Play). 

Riley is trained in opera, Shakespeare, stage combat, IPA, and linguistics.