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We are 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. Artistic Director, Jeremy Paul is a director, devisor of original work, a theatrical designer and the founder and Artistic Director of Theater Ninjas. A Cleveland native, Mr. Paul has led Theater Ninjas since 2006. His directing credits include Stranded on Earth, Black Cat Lost, Inoculations, Anna Bella Eema, Woyzeck, Heddatron, and Crave, and the original devised productions of TingleTangle, Code: Preludes, The Excavation, Marble Cities, Monster Play and Peripheral Visions. He is also the co-creator/performer of the original work NICK&JEREMY, Absence and The Beetlebug and the Bad Worm. Jeremy graduated from Wesleyan University in Connecticut with dual majors in Theater and Film, and has post-graduate training with the Pig Iron Theatre Company, New World Performance Lab and the Celebration Barn International School of Performing Arts.
Cathleen O'Malley is a performer, director and theatre-maker with over a decade of experience in the performing arts, education and non-profit sectors. Cathleen served as the Education Director and Ensemble Member of Touchstone Theatre, where she managed the company’s award-winning education division and collaborated as a performer/devisor on three seasons of original shows. Since relocating to Cleveland, Cathleen has worked as a consultant and teaching artist with PlayhouseSquare’s Community Engagement & Education department, CSU Theatre & Dance, Montessori High School of University Circle, Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio ArtWorks and on the grant-making committee of the Cleveland Foundation’s Neighborhood Connections initiative. She has enjoyed collaborations with companies regionally and abroad, including Relax Your Face (London/Budapest), Zany Umbrella Circus (Amman), Akropolis Performance Lab, CorpusCorpus, SuttonBeresCuller (Seattle) and with inmates of the WA State Corrections Center for Women through Freehold Studio’s Engaged Theatre Project. Cleveland stage credits include the original performance installation Cultivated at Pandemonium ’13, Earth Plays, Spirits to Enforce, Fire on the Water (CPT), Cocopelli (Ensemble), The Emperor’s Ears(Talespinner) and Boston Marriage (Mamai). Cathleen has directed locally at Talespinner Children’s Theatre and was the creator/director of several original short works for CPT, including Cuyahoga, Briefly, Petite E.T. and Wayward Rufous. Cathleen is a graduate of the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) where she trained in Lecoq-based physical theatre, mask, clown, buffoon and ensemble process. She holds an MFA from Naropa University.
Ray Caspio is a performance and teaching artist, and illustrator, whose original work explores identity and the performer-audience relationship. He is known for his singular technique of authentic, positive audience interaction in performance. Cleveland Scene Magazine calls Ray a “riveting...magical performer,” and profiled him as 2014’s Thespian. He was Associate Artistic Director of Cleveland-based Theater Ninjas from 2012-15. Ray was awarded Best Risk Taker in 2014 by both Scene and ideastream’s The Sound of Applause for his conception and performance of TingleTangle, the acclaimed Weimar-cabaret inspired evening of personal storytelling, songs, and pull-no-punches conversation about marriage equality, sexuality and gender, produced by Theater Ninjas. Ninjas performance credits include The Turing Machine (co-writer), The Excavation & Ninja Days @ the Cleveland Museum of Art, Code: Preludes, and Telephone. Ray has also performed at convergence-continuum, Talespinner Children’s Theatre and Cleveland Public Theatre, where he will take on the role of “Crumpet” in The SantaLand Diaries this winter. He has taught for PlayhouseSquare, Cleveland Museum of Art, MetroHealth Arts-In-Medicine, and Theater Ninjas’ collaborations with Planned Parenthood and the LGBT Center-CLE. He is the creator of the Uncle Toots web series, and starred in the the short films Cast Off and the multiple award- winning Loss Prevention. He is trained in Alba Emoting, Michael Chekhov and Eccentric Performing. Ray’s illustrations have been exhibited.