Rogue Artists Ensemble is a collective of multi-disciplinary artists who create Hyper-theater, an innovative hybrid of theater traditions, puppetry, mask work, dance, music, and modern technology. Through a collaborative development process, with an emphasis on design and storytelling, the Rogues create original, thought-provoking performances. We cultivate unique audience experiences that appeal to multiple generations of theatergoers in order to expand the boundaries of contemporary American theater.
- Collaborate: We collaborate as an ensemble, with guest artists and with other organizations to strengthen our storytelling by incorporating multiple viewpoints.
- Invent: We invent original work and adaptations that push the boundaries of modern storytelling.
- Design: Our design concepts inform every aspect of our creative process.
- Impact: We impact a diverse audience through the juxtaposition of innovative uses of technology, puppetry, masks and other art forms.
Rogue Artists Ensemble was founded in 2001 by theater designers and artists studying at the University of California, Irvine. The Rogues soon discovered their own style by employing digital media, music, dance, puppetry, mask work, special effects, theatrical illusions and other underrepresented art forms, which they defined as Hyper-theater. We celebrated our Tenth Anniversary in 2011 and have created over a dozen original new works and collaborated with hundreds of artists and community members. To date, our work has been seen by over 100,000 people in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Seattle.
Rogue Artists Ensemble is a unique American theatre ensemble that is focused on design. Our original plays use an arsenal of international storytelling techniques which include puppets, masks, theatrical magic, projection, sophisticated technology, audio sampling, dance and more to create an unforgettable and totally different kind of experience for young and old alike. Our goal by using this varied approach is to attract a new generation of theatergoer who has come to expect more in this tech savvy world.
We have been producing critically and financially successful works in Los Angeles since 2005, with RAE producing top-notch theater in Los Angeles while growing its operating budget every year. Two of our most recent Rogue productions, Gogol Project and Mr. Punch, received incredible audience and critical response and both were selected as a Critic’s Choice by the Los Angeles Times. Our work, HYPERBOLE: origins, was nominated for four awards by LA Weekly; including Production of the Year. And our most recent show, D is for Dog was nominated for a LA Weekly award for Comedy Ensemble. Rogue Artists Ensemble’s continued success demonstrates an ability to follow through with a plan of great scope and complexity.
The Rogues have a strong commitment to community outreach and education led by our all-ages shows, The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone and Zen Shorts. These shows have toured throughout California at small community events and schools, in addition to playing larger venues such as The Geffen Playhouse, Segerstrom Performing Arts Center, Rio Hondo College and others. In 2011, we were invited to be in residency for three weeks at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. We have conducted several residencies at the University of California, Irvine with the students from the Claire Trevor School of the Arts and at Jordan High School in Long Beach. All this demonstrates our commitment to engaging communities and to inspiring the artist within untapped youth.
The Rogues believe their unique Hyper-theater makes the work engaging to young and new audiences. RAE delivers the same integrity and ingenuity through its touring program to help shape audiences and artists of the future.
Rogue Artists Ensemble is a member of the Network of Ensemble Theaters