Eli Rigatuso

Photographer, Filmmaker, and Public Speaker in Omaha, Nebraska

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Eli Rigatuso is an Omaha, Nebraska Native who identifies as a queer trans masculine Two Spirit of the Menominee Nation. An artist, photographer, and video producer/director, Rigatuso has more than 30 years of experience in his field. He has owned and operated Catch Creative a video production company since 1995 and has work experience in television, radio, and digital media as well as sales and management. Eli is a social media expert and has experience as on-air talent using his voice to help move the needle toward more inclusive spaces for LGBTQIA2S+ people!

An outspoken Equal Rights Activist who has served his community in a variety of ways since the mid 90’s Rigatuso was instrumental in raising funds for the Campaign against 416 in early 2000 and help found as well as served on the board of Heartland Pride. Heartland Pride is a local 501c3 nonprofit which hosts The Pride Festival in Omaha and since it’s inception has operated with a positive budget and has grown year over year. In 2019 Rigatuso was honored with Heartland Youth Pride Marsha P. Johnson Change Maker Award for his contributions to the Omaha LGBTQIA2S+ Community for his activism over many years as well as his visibility as a transgender person.

I host a podcast on my website called Speaking Of Happy and share enlightening conversations with local LGBTQIA2S+ people living in the midwest. I am a public speaker and presenter and have given presentations at Union Pacific along with other local small businesses.

I am certified to train the Teaching Transgender Toolkit which was created by Eli R. Green, PhD and Luca Maurer, MS.

I work as a Video Producer/Director and I love telling stories that make a difference in the world! If you have a story to share please email me at elirigatuso@gmail.com

I also do video production and photography through my website at www.catchcreative.com if you have a special project that needs a creative eye than you want Catch Creative!

  • Work
    • Producer/Director
  • Education
    • University of Nebraska Omaha
Eli brings an authentic voice and courageous spirit to his work and advocacy. He has an uncanny ability to speak to his audience in a way that makes you feel you have known him your entire life. That level of comfort allows people to lean in and open their hearts and minds."
Alexis Sherman, Director of Multicultural Initiatives College of Saint Mary
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