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.
Theater Ninjas Board
Susan Rothmann, Chair - Marjorie Anderson - Jeremy Paul
The Cleveland Foundation
Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
The George Gund Foundation
Joan & Arthur Hargate*
The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
* Board Member
The Cyrus Eaton Foundation
Ohio Arts Council
Pam and Sol Cokes
Maggie & Kevin Fraley
Sue and Shannon Everyday
Rachel Tschantz & Ken Walsh
Jeremy Paul, Artistic Director
Jeremy Paul is a director, devisor of original work, a theatrical designer and the founder and Artistic Director of Theater Ninjas since 2006. Recent directing credits include Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, Stranded on Earth, Black Cat Lost, Inoculations, Anna Bella Eema, Woyzeck, Heddatron and Crave, and the original devised productions of Who We Used To Be, The Turing Machine, The Grand Celebration of the Celestial Mystery, TingleTangle, Code: Preludes, The Excavation, Marble Cities and Monster Play. He is also the co-creator/performer of the original works NICK&JEREMY (with Nick Riley), Absence (with Michael Rau) and The Beetlebug and the Bad Worm (with Faye Hargate). 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 for the Performing Arts. Jeremy is a two-time recipient of the CPAC Creative Workforce Fellowship, a program of the Community Partnership for Arts and Culture, supported through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture. He lives and works in the Gordon Square neighborhood.
Lauren Joy Fraley
Lauren Joy Fraley is thrilled to continue working with Theater Ninjas, both during Broken Codes, and as a part of the 2016 Cadre of creative producers. Prior to Broken Codes, Lauren performed with Ninjas in Who We Used to Be, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, & Black Cat Lost. Lauren has performed at Cleveland Public Theatre in productions including Ancestra, Airwaves, Earth Plays, and The Secret Social, and spent over 5 years on staff at Playhouse Square leading an ensemble of teaching artists in creating original workshops. She is also a yoga instructor of students aged 4 to 94, and has much excitement for her future creative possibilities surrounding the shapeshifting Salamonster, oysterumphs and the side-eyed rockhound.
Eric M. C. Gonzalez
Eric M. C. Gonzalez is a composer of solo works, chamber pieces, electroacoustic and electronic music for film, theater, the concert hall, and beyond. Performing in Cleveland under the name Agleam, Eric experiments with various music-making techniques involving digital samplers, synthesizers, acoustic instruments, and vocals, and plays cello in Forager and Gypsy Wolf. Eric is Assistant Director of the contemporary art-music group No Exit New Music Ensemble, and Director of the events-based string ensemble Forest City Chambers.
Music and sound design by Eric has been heard in Who We Used To Be, Tall Skinny Cruel Cruel Boys, The Turing Machine, Tingle Tangle, Style Is The Answer To Everything, and Code: Preludes. Film music by Eric can be heard in A Fool’s Tango, the Rhode Island NetWorks Project, andThe Red End.
Eric is an inaugural member of Theater Ninjas’ 2016 Cadre of creative producers. Eric is a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellow.
Christopher Hisey is an all around artistic generalist and a proud member of the Theater Ninja Cadre. He was a founding member of the Parallax Theater Ensemble where he wrote and directed the live-radio-style script reading series The Social Anxiety Hour and performed in the Ohio premiere of Sweet Confinement. His previous work with Theater Ninjas includes creating Broken Nodes as a part of Broken Codes, performing in Code: Preludes and co-designing the Adventure puzzle workshop in the summer of 2015.
In addition, Christopher is the lead game designer for the Cleveland MegaGame Council with whom he has designed large scale games and roleplaying events for groups of 30+ participants. Christopher is a 2002 graduate of Malone University, where he helped co-found the Open Frame Digital Film Festival.
Val Kozlenko is a Cleveland based theater artist. Recent performing credits include Who We Used To Be, Code: Preludes, Monster Play, Inoculations and Crave with Theater Ninjas; Standing on Ceremony, Spirits to Enforce, Titus: A Grand and Gory Rock Musical, and The Secret Social at Cleveland Public Theatre. Scenic design credits include [sic] and Marble Cities with Theater Ninjas; Spirits to Enforce, Left in Ink, Drowning Girls, and Tender Napalm at CPT; Matrimonio Segreto and Gianni Schicchi with Oberlin in Italy.