has appeared in scores of movies and television shows since making her feature film debut in Class. Most recently, she appeared in Map of the World opposite Sigourney Weaver
. In 1999, she co-produced and acted in the short film Jimmy Pacheco, directed by her husband, John Bourgeois
On television, Ricossa has been seen in the television films The Gisella Perl Story, Bojangles, Never Let Her Go, and Her Best Friend's Husband, among others. Her numerous and diverse series work includes appearances on Odyssey 5, Earth: Final Conflict, Doc, Twice in a Lifetime, Due South and Traders. Ricossa was a regular on the Canadian series Street Legal and Riverdale, and can currently be seen in the recurring role of Kate on the popular Canadian series, Degrassi: The Next Generation.
A native of Chicago, Ricossa began her career at the famed Second City, where she spent three seasons. In the mid-80s she explored her theatrical roots in Canada at the Stratford Festival, appearing in such productions as Much Ado About Nothing, A Streetcar Named Desire, Love's Labour Lost, Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, King Lear and Henry IV, Part I. Among her regional theatre credits are roles with Canadian Stage, Tarragon and Necessary Angel. For the past three years, she has served as artistic director of Play on the Beach, a professional theatre company which presents play readings.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2003.
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