Arisael Rivera studied Theatre Arts at BYU. In 2006, about a year prior to graduation, Rivera began to work with some of his fellow students to produce a selection of plays they had been writing as part of their coursework. In December of 2006 Rivera was instrumental in forming a non-profit theatre company called New Play Project.
Since then, New Play Project has given theatre enthusiasts in Provo the opportunity to be involved in every aspect of threatre, from writing and acting, to directing and promoting.
Rivera himself has written written several of the plays New Play Project has presented, and has worked to build the reputation of the company.
Following graduation from BYU, Rivera was accepted to the MFA Acting program in the New School for Drama in NYC.