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    The Art of Storytelling at the Cleveland Museum of Art

    I am thrilled to be leading The Art of Storytelling at the Cleveland Museum of Art!

    With inspiration from the CMA galleries, you'll share how art has impacted your life. I'll lead you through performance and improv exercises designed to give you the ease to be yourself in front of an audience, as you craft and prepare to perform your personal narrative. More details are below.

    Please consider registering! Registration is limited, so it would be great to have you be a part of what is sure to be a fun and inspiring four weeks!

    To register and for more information:

    Class Type:
    4 Saturdays, March 7, 14, 21, and 28, 2015, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
    final performance free and open to the public at 2:00 p.m. on March 28

    Good stories connect us. They surprise us, they make us think, and they help us understand the world around us. Everyone has a story to tell. Share yours.

    In this four-week workshop, led by performer Ray Caspio, with assistance from writing teacher Laura Mlakar, you’ll craft, polish, and perform your own personal narrative. Through exercises to hone performance ability, trips to the galleries for inspiration, and writing exercises, you’ll improve and explore your storytelling skills whether you’re a beginner or an experienced teller of tales. The workshop culminates in a showcase open to family, friends, and the public on Saturday, March 28.

    Ray Caspio is a performer, monologist, writer, illustrator, educator, and a veteran of 18 original theatrical pieces. His original work explores queer identity and the performer-audience relationship. In Fall 2014, he conceived, co-wrote, and performed TingleTangle: the lauded Weimar cabaret-inspired evening of personal storytelling from Cleveland’s Theater Ninjas that investigates sexuality, gender, the seeds of oppression, the evolution of hate speech, and compassion’s transgressive power.

    Laura Mlakar is an English teacher at Twinsburg High School. She is a graduate of the National Writing Project, and has taught grades 9–12 including AP Language and Composition.

    $95/$75 CMA members. Register online or by calling the Ticket Center at (216) 421-7350.

    Meet in the Recital Hall. Please wear comfortable clothing and shoes and bring a notebook and pencil.


    Theater Ninjas Creative Expression Workshop at the LGBT Community Center

    Theater Ninjas Creative Expression Workshop
    Open to LGBTQ youth, ages 12-17
    Led by Theater Ninjas’ Associate Artistic Director, Ray Caspio
    E-mail Ray Caspio to register

    Monday, March 9th
    at LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland
    6600 Detroit Ave, Cleveland

    Participants will learn theater games and performance techniques to build confidence, awareness, and improve speaking skills while encouraging personal and creative expression.

    Please wear loose clothing you are comfortable moving in (no jeans) and tennis shoes!

    Ray Caspio is a performer, writer, illustrator, educator and a veteran of 18 original theatrical productions. His original work explores queer identity and the performer-audience connection. As Associate Artistic Director, Ray aids in the creation and implementation of Theater Ninjas marketing and programming. Ninjas’ credits include TingleTangle (conceiver & performer), Code: Preludes, The Excavation & Ninja Days @ the Cleveland Museum of Art, Black Cat Lost, Marble Cities, Monster Play, Inoculations and Telephone. Ray is a Teaching Artist for Theater Ninjas/PlayhouseSquare. He is the creator of the Uncle Toots web series, and starred in the multiple award-winning short film, Loss Prevention. He is trained in Alba Emoting, Michael Chekhov and Eccentric Performing. In May, Ray will perform The Turing Machine - { a Code Prelude }: a metaphysical take on the lives and death of Alan Turing, which he is co-writing with Jeremy Paul. His illustrations have been exhibited.

    Theater Ninjas is the Food Truck of Cleveland Theater. We’re a nomadic company who seeks out new and exciting spaces to perform. Working in non-traditional venues gives us an opportunity to reimagine how and why we tell stories, and helps us to create deep, fascinating worlds for the audience to explore. We’re always experimenting; always rethinking what theater can be: as entertainment, as art and as out-of-the-ordinary experiences.


    Theater Recognition for 2014

    Elated for the recognition my 2014 theatrical work with Theater Ninjas received from Cleveland press outlets:

    Sound of Applause's Best of Theatre 2014: for TingleTangle (at 23 minute mark)
    Cleveland Scene's Best Risk-Taking:
    for TingleTangle
    Tpography's Special Project Recognition: for TingleTangle
    Tpography's Best Actor (nomination): for "Turing" in Code: Preludes
    Land of Cleve's Top Theatrical Experiences: for TingleTangle



    Adam West's Batman shakes a mean cape!

    I'm feeling inspired after watching the entire Batman TV series on Blu-Ray. The colors, the absurdity, the fashion, the villains, the multi-layered performances, the bad performances, the fun!

    10"x12" signed prints available: e-mail for information.


    Charles Chaplin

    Men are joining my Oh, My Stars! series!

    Here's Charlie Chaplin, The Little Tramp, in black and white and color, inspired by his performance in City Lights!

    Available in black & white through my RedBubble store on:

    clothing, prints, posters, cards, postcards, phone and iPad cases, mugs, pillows, tote bags, and duvet covers!

    Available in color: a hand-signed 8"x8" photographic print
    from my Oh, My Stars! series.

    Limited edition of 12.
    E-mail me for price and shipping information.