Abandoned as a youngster, "Ricky Evangelista," portrayed by Dyllón Burnside, lives on the streets and makes uncompromising choices to survive. A chance encounter with Damon led him to join the House of Evangelista. Ricky has been touring the world as a backup dancer for several pop stars, putting a strain on his relationship with Damon.
A multi hyphenate performer and creator, Dyllón Burnside has appeared in notable stage, television and film projects.
Burnside first captivated audiences with his Broadway debut, starring as Anthony in 2014’s Holler if Ya Hear Me, a hip-hop musical inspired by the music and lyrics of Tupac Shakur. He also appeared as a Lost Boy in NBC’s Peter Pan Live! and in the critically-acclaimed series High Maintenance on HBO, all while completing his final year at the prestigious CAP21 Conservatory for music theatre and The New School where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Media Studies and Writing.
The Pensacola, Florida native began performing professionally at the age of 12 as a member of the hip-hop/R&B boy band 3D, which afforded him the opportunity to tour the country performing original music alongside artists like Stevie Wonder and Rihanna in such venues as Madison Square Garden and the Nokia Theater.
In addition to his performance work, Burnside is also passionate about producing quality arts content that promotes social change. His work as a producer includes film, theatrical and musical events that serve and/or shed light on marginalized communities. He has also taught performing arts workshops and spoken at schools across the country about the importance of arts education as a means of personal empowerment and self-expression.