Ray Caspio

"a shapeshifter of an actor" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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The Excavation at the Cleveland Museum of Art

Tomorrow night is opening night! I cannot wait to perform this show, and some of my favorite characters (Erato, Maurice, plus some new ones) again! This will be an event you won't want to miss. 

Illustration by Ray Caspio

Theater Ninjas' 2011 hit The Excavation has been resurrected as part of The Cleveland Museum of Art's latest exhibit, "The Last Days of Pompeii: Decadence, Apocalypse, Resurrection."

Explore this living museum-within-a-museum as zany professors, peaceful gladiators, puritanical performers, ecstatic archaeologists, and rude puppets celebrate the life and death of the famous city that was destroyed by Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. 

•Performance Days: See The Excavation in the Ames Family Atrium - March 1st performance requires admittance to the CMA MIX event; future performances are free!
March 1 @ 7pm
March 20 @ 7pm
April 12 @ 7pm
April 28 @ 2pm
June 12 @ 7pm

•Ninja Days: Fridays and Sundays, Theater Ninjas are installed within "The Last Days of Pompeii" exhibit. Enhance your exploration of Pompeii through a blend of site-specific performance and interactive story-telling. Fridays (3pm-7pm) and Sundays (12pm-4pm)
March 8-May 19 (excluding March 29 & 31 and April 12 & 28)
Admittance to the special exhbit required.
No regular exhibition tours on Ninja Days.


Directed and Devised by Jeremy Paul

Lead Creative Team
Ray Caspio, Ryan Lucas, Cassie Neumann and Renee Schilling

Performances Featuring
Davis Aguila, Ray Caspio, Katelyn Cornelius, Cassie Goldbach, Val Kozlenko, Ryan Lucas, Cassie Neumann, Michael Prosen, Renee Schllling and Lauren B. Smith

Ninja Days Featuring:
Davis Aguila, Ray Caspio, Lauren Fraley, Valerie Kilmer, Ryan Lucas, Cassie Neumann and Renee Schilling

Technical Direction by Chuck Karnak

The Excavation 1.0 was Created and Performed by
Ray Caspio, Katelyn Cornelius, Stephanie Ford, Ryan Lucas, Noe Montez, Cassie Neumann, Michael Prosen, Emily Pucell, Renee Schllling, Adam Seeholzer and Lew Wallace

Special Thanks
Jon Seydl, Bethany Corriveau, Temple King Productions, Lola Rothmann and Benedictine High School

Support for Theater Ninjas' project has been provided by the Cleveland Museum of Art's Painting and Drawing Society, Dr. Nancy Clay-Marsteller, Antoinette Miller and Mr. and Mrs. John D. Schubert.

Testimonial: National Organization for Women

From Lisa Bennett, Communications Director for the National Organization for Women (NOW):

"The National Organization for Women was on a tight deadline when we contacted Ray Caspio to provide the artwork for our 2008 National NOW Conference. The theme of the conference was women superheroes, and Ray provided us with a beautiful customized image that we used proudly on our website, in emails, on the cover of our program book and on the big screen throughout the event. He delievered the art quickly, was easy to work with, and, best of all, we received a number of compliments on how well the art represented both NOW and our conference theme. We would love to work with Ray again in the future."

Thank you, Lisa! 

So Super Duper #12: Superheroes With iPhones

Here's my pin-up for Brian Andersen's So Super Duper #12, which happens to be the series' final issue and will be coming out soon. It's Comet on Superheroes With iPhones! His username must undoubtedly be comets_tail. Thanks to Brian for making me a part of the final issue of his great, positive, and fun series. This pin-up also marks an evolution in my illustration style. The desire to change the way I ink was nagging at me. I needed something more faithful to my pencils and, with this piece, I finally achieved it. So Super Duper #12: Comet on Superheroes With iPhones
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Brian Andersen's "So Super Duper": Psyche's Date

I was asked by Brian Andersen, creator and writer of So Super Duper, an independent comic full of fun, humor, action, and attitude, with a dash of romance, to do a pin-up for the next issue of the title: Issue 11.  I cannot express enough how much I love this title.  If you're looking for a comic that's positive and hopeful, which is increasingly hard to find in the superhero genre, then you definitely need to buy some issues of So Super Duper. Here's Psyche's Date, which will be published soon! Incidentally, this is my first published comic book work! Woohoo!

Brian Andersen's So Super Duper: Psyche's Date

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Ray Caspio received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship. The Fellowships is a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture. Funding for the Fellowship program is made possible by the generous support of Cuyahoga County residents through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.