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.

Theater Ninjas' Marble Cities

Marble Cities from Theater Ninjas on Vimeo.


Marble Cities
Directed and Devised by Jeremy Paul
Created and Performed by Theater Ninjas
Produced in association with Temple King Productions.

Starring Davis Aguila, Ray Caspio, Brittany Gaul, Ryan Lucas, Cassie Neumann, Michael Prosen, Emily Pucell and Colleen Uszak

Assistant Directed by Ray Caspio

November 1 – November 17
Ohio City Masonic Temple
2831 Franklin Blvd., Cleveland, OH 44113

TICKETS: www.theaterninjas.com

Master Apprentice: $30    
General Admission: $20
Under 25/Over 65: $15
Mondays and Previews: $10

View the trailer online at: http://www.theaterninjas.com/#currentShow 

Theater Ninjas Open the Doors on Marble Cities

World Premiere dives into power, secret societies and the ability to change the world

CLEVELAND (September 21, 2012)  – This November, Theater Ninjas invites Cleveland audiences to explore the world of Marble Cities, an original new performance by the acclaimed theater group.  Artistic Director Jeremy Paul brings together an ensemble of local artists to explore fate, desire and future of the universe. Taking its name from an Augustus Caesar quote (“I found Rome a city of bricks and left it a city of marble.”), the performance is about power; how people obtain it, use it and keep it.

Artistic Director Jeremy Paul found inspiration for this play in the way power and imagination intersect. “No matter if you believe in secret societies or magic or shadow governments, I think everyone desires a better world. We have these dreams in our minds, but rarely find the means to make them real, to make the world fit our fantasies. Whether it’s American politics or conquering our personal demons, the path to change is not always clear. We wanted to make a play about the lengths people go to affect the future.”

The fate of Cleveland looms large over the production. “Cities are a concrete connection between who we are as individuals and who we are as a nation,” says director Paul.  “As Cleveland artists, we are interested in what makes cities succeed and what makes them fail–and what our role is in the future of our community.  Buried underneath the rituals and conspiracies of Marble Cities are the questions ‘What role do you play in Cleveland’s identity? Can an individual truly make a difference or are the reins of power just too far out of reach?’”

Theater Ninjas Associate Artistic Director Ray Caspio also points to Cleveland as a major inspiration for the devised work. “Cleveland and its people are the heart of Marble Cities. Most of us are native Clevelanders – we've been through the ups, the downs, and the ups with everybody else.” 

Marble Cities is an original, devised show created by an artistic ensemble of Theater Ninjas veterans and some dynamic new faces: Davis Aguila, Ray Caspio, Brittany Gaul, Ryan Lucas, Cassie Neumann, Michael Prosen, Emily Pucell and Colleen Uszak. Designers include Benjamin Gantose (lighting), Kevenn T. Smith (costumes), Val Kozlenko (set) and installation design by Joan Hargate. This unique performance is taking place in the historic Ohio City Masonic Temple.

More adventurous patrons have the option of purchasing a “Master Apprentice” ticket. This ticket includes early admittance to the show and a chance to participate in an exclusive secret ritual. “Master Apprentice” tickets have limited availability and have to be reserved at least 24 hours before the event.

Theater Ninjas was founded in 2006 with the goal of creating out-of-the-ordinary theatrical experiences. Theater Ninjas’ 2012-13 season is generously funded by the citizens of Cuyahoga County through Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and through the Ohio Arts Council. Artistic Director Jeremy Paul is a recipient of the 2012 Creative Workforce Fellowship award, which has helped make this new season of work possible. 

Loss Prevention

Loss Prevention :: 2012 Cleveland 48 Hour Film Project from Eric Schilling on Vimeo.

Fourth Eye Films presents LOSS PREVENTION, which premiered at The 2012 48 Hour Film Project: Cleveland.

WINNER: Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Use of Character

NOMINEE: Best Film, Best Directing, Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Sound Mixing, Best Use of Character, and Audience Choice.

Directed and Produced by
Eric Schilling
John Gibian

Written By
Eric Schilling
Renee Schilling
John Gibian
Ray Caspio
Ryan Lucas
Cassie Neumann
Emily Pucell
Kevenn T. Smith

Ray Caspio
Ryan Lucas
Cassie Neumann
Emily Pucell
Michael Randall
Amy Schwabauer
Renee Schilling

Music By
Jean Cousin
Hollis Brown

Special Thanks to
Chuck Karnak
Don Schilling
Vickie Schilling

The Tale of the Name of the Tree

I'm honored to be playing "Ostrich" in Talespinner Children's Theatre's production of The Tale of the Name of the Tree, a Bantu Tale. Talespinner is Cleveland's newest professional children's theatre, and this is their inaugural production!

Running June 16th through July 8th
Fridays & Saturdays at 2PM & 7PM
Sundays at 2PM
Tickets: Ages 12 & under $10; Ages 13 & up $15
Group Rates Available!

Pay What You Can Performances:
Sunday, June 17 at 2PM, and Friday, June 22 at 2PM

Directed by: Alison Garrigan
Movement/Percussion: Najaa Young
Featuring: Ray Caspio, Elaine Feagler, James (Jack) Hunt, Nathaniel Leeson, and Stephanie Wilbert

Call 216.264.9680 for reservations, and visit Talespinner on the web at talespinnerchildrenstheatre.org

The cast of The Tale of the Name of the Tree with director, Alison Garrigan, at Gordon Square Arts Day.

Terry DeFerenz & Uncle Toots and Friends

Uncle Toots is back and Terry DeFerenz makes her debut in the latest installments of my improvised series!

Terry DeFerenz is a noted advertising wymn who used to create campaigns for the U.S. Military. She shares her rejected slogans for posters targeting venereal disease.

Plus, here's the latest Uncle Toots episode, a continuation of Uncle Toots and Friends: A Very Special Gala Event. Uncle Toots reveals SHOCKING information about his nephew Jeremy's birth to Aunt Barb, Sgt. Franklin Eustace Rockefeller, and Nurse Nancy.

background photos by Frank J. Lanza Photography, courtesy of Theater Ninjas
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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.