Ray Caspio

"a shapeshifter of an actor" - Cleveland Plain Dealer

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CODE: PRELUDES Press & Final Weekend

"Caspio stands out...
he could read a description of the Heartbleed bug backwards
and still be riveting."
-Christine Howey

"Ray Caspio [is]...a transcendent actor.
Complete confidence colored with impeccable performance brilliance.
His monologue towards the end of the play is a gift."

Here's an interview on 90.3's The Sound of Applause with Theater Ninjas' Artistic Director Jeremy Paul, programmer Eric Faehnrich, and myself discussing CODE: PRELUDES. You'll also hear a bit of my scene as Alan Turing: http://www.ideastream.org/applause/entry/61687

Land of Cleve interviewed me and reviewed the "impressive,immersive, intense" CODE: PRELUDES.

There are only four more chances to catch this Theater Ninjas production at 78th Street Studios!
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30.
Sunday at 2:00.

Tickets: https://theaterninjas.tixato.com/buy/code-preludes--2

Code: Preludes

Two weekends left! $10 tickets tonight!

"Caspio stands out in his monologue later in the show; it seems he could read a description of the Heartbleed bug backwards and still be riveting."
Christine Howey

"This show is more than a play, it’s more than a performance art piece. It is something I personally have never experienced before, and I’m not sure how to even describe it. I can, however, wholeheartedly recommend that everyone go experience this ‘experience.’"
Land of Cleve

Tingle-Tangled in [sic]

This weekend only, I'll be performing Tingle-Tangle immediately following Theater Ninjas' production of [sic] at 78th Street Studios! I'm excited about these performances for many reasons, one of which happens to be the beautiful compositions by Sean Ellis.

Tickets are $10-$20 and available through Square or the Ninjas box office at (440) 941-1482.

Click here for a wonderful interview I did with CellarDoorCLE's insightful Nikki Delamotte
all about Tingle-Tangle and equality.

Quoting Nikki, "Theater or non-theater fan, Tingle-Tangle is a really great piece for anyone who cares about the importance of equality and equal rights. (Hopefully, that includes you.)"

Tingle-Tangle from Theater Ninjas on Vimeo.


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

This year, I was named Associate Artistic Director for the revitalized Theater Ninjas, a position that happily allows me to continue freelancing in illustration and design.

As Associate Artistic Director, I aid in the creation and implementation of programming, administrate the education series, perform, design, and write. 

I was also instrumental in the rebranding and handle the illustration and design work, under the art direction of Jeremy Paul.

The logo redesign – a collaboration between Jeremy and myself; the final drawn by me – incorporates the shape of the old logo through the abstraction of a ninja mask, while emphasizing the playful, nomadic resourcefulness of the company.

Here it is on our business cards, followed by images I created for the 2012-2013 season:

 Marble Cities web banner: photography and design
 Marble Cities postcard: photography and design

The Excavation: illustration and design

Telephone: design

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. 

Erato and Luigi: Pandemonium 2011

Saturday, September 10th, the great artist Erato from The Excavation was revived by Theater Ninjas in a new setting: Cleveland Public Theatre's Pandemonium! This time, Erato was accopanied by his assistant and familiar, Luigi (Ryan Lucas). Luigi helped Erato put THE Pan in Pandemonium!

From far away lands your balloon will blow/Bring Pan to his party, Erato/Set his goat god powers free/Through your familiar, Luigi

We had a blast doing our show and improv-ing for a solid two hours with the Pandemoaners!

Cool Cleveland wrote a feature on Pandemonium, which shows a photo of me as Erato, and they also took video! Erato and Luigi begins at 55 seconds in. I love embodying him and would enjoy more opportunities to do so!

Erato and Luigi
Produced by Theater Ninjas
Directed by Jeremy Paul
Ray Caspio as Erato
Ryan Lucas as Luigi and Pan

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.