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 has been producing critically and financially successful works in Los Angeles since 2001. They have been commissioned to create work by the Getty Museum, the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, and the City of Culver Arts Commission. Two Rogue productions that received funding from The Jim Henson Foundation, 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. Another work, HYPERBOLE: origins, was nominated for four awards by LA Weekly, including Production of the Year. Their original show, D is for Dog, was nominated for a LA Weekly award for Best Comedy Ensemble. The Rogues’ most sophisticated project to date, Wood Boy Dog Fish, ten years in the making, premiered in November of 2015 at the Bootleg Theater, to critical acclaim, six Stage Raw Award nominations and three Ovation Award nominations, taking home the Ovation Honorary Award for Puppet Design.
The Rogues have a strong commitment to community outreach and education led by their all-ages shows, The Story of Frog Belly Rat Bone, Zen Shorts and Shakespeare(ish). 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, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, and others. In 2011, they were invited to be in residency for three weeks at the Center for Puppetry Arts in Atlanta. In 2015, they collaborated with Tears of Joy Theatre to bring Zen Shorts to Portland.
To date, they have created over a dozen original new works, collaborated with hundreds of artists and community members and their work has been seen by over 100,000 people in Los Angeles, Atlanta and Seattle. In 2013 over 5,000 children and families saw Rogue Artists Ensemble’s all-ages performances, many of them free. Other past Rogue Artists Ensemble Hyper-theatrical productions include Songs of Bilitis, commissioned by and work-shopped at the Getty Villa and later produced at the Bootleg Theater; The Tragical Comedy of Mr. Punch, adapted from the graphic novel by Neil Gaiman (recipient of 3 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Awards and an entire chapter in the book “Prince of Stories: The Many Worlds of Neil Gaiman”); and The Victorian Hotel by Angus Oblong. The Rogues are currently developing two new plays: Kaidan Project, a site specific immersive piece inspired by Japanese Ghost stories, and Cowboy Elektra, a mash up of the Greek myth, California history, and spaghetti westerns.
Artistic Director: Sean T. Cawelti*
Education Manager: Sarah Peters
Marketing Manager: Chelsea Sutton
Publicist: Lucy Pollak
Mark Holden: Chief Executive Officer
Mike Johnston: Chief Financial Officer
Sean Cawelti: Secretary
Matthew G. Hill
Greg Ballora, Cristina Bercowitz, Kristopher Lee Bicknell, Shannon G. Bicknell, Tyler Bremmer, Kristin Charney, Gwyneth Connaway-Bennison, Francois-Pierre Couture, Dean Curosmith, Tom Dang, Matthew Patrick Davis, Mel Domingo*, Stephen Elrod, Eric Fagundes, Christina Aimerito-Feinberg, Haylee Freeman, Estela Garcia, Joey Guthman, Rachel Gross, Patrick Heyn, Sara Haddadin, Jazz Hager, Nate Hodges, Mark Jacobson, Rachel King, Sarah Krainin, Nick Kunin, Amy Judd-Lieberman, Ben Messmer, Keith Mitchell, Jan Munroe, Dallas Nichols, John Nobori, Stephanie O'Neill, Leah Olbrich, Jenny Owings*, Christine Papalexis, Maria Pasquarelli, Ben Phelps, Marta Portillo, Adrien Prevost, Morgan Rebane, Jonathan Reich, Nicholas Robbins, Alexis Robles, Devin Schiro, Nina Silver, Emily Stamets, Tyler Stamets*, Lara Thomas Ducey, Thu Tran, Paul Turbiak, Megan Wallace*, Alex Walters, Brian White
* denotes founding member