About Us

Ridge Theater is one of America’s premiere creators of multimedia theater, opera, and new-music performance. Our productions are epic visual and aural works that position performers within film and video projections; redefining traditional theatrical boundaries. Dramatic staging by director Bob McGrath, haunting film works and projections by filmmaker Bill Morrison and visual stylings by artist Laurie Olinder are all hallmarks of the Ridge Theater style.

Our productions have been presented at The American Repertory Theater, BAM, Carnegie Hall, La MaMa E.T.C., Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall, St. Ann's Warehouse, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and many others.

The Chicago Tribune described our work as “Hallucinatory, oddly beautiful, and disturbing. They conjure up a dreamlike world, in which the actors seem to float.”

Ridge Theater and our collaborators have received numerous awards including multiple Village Voice OBIEs, NY Dance & Performance BESSIE awards and an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design in the Theater. We have been awarded fellowships from The Foundation for Contemporary Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, and The Guggenheim Foundation. Five films from Ridge productions are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Funders

Creative Capital, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, Greenwall Foundation, The MAP Fund, NEA, New York Foundation for the Arts, NYSCA, Peg Santvoord Foundation, Puffin Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation

Individual Donors

Catherine Amandalara, Diane Alington, Habib Azar, Alice Bernstien, Stefanie Brauner, Don Campbell, Christin Couture, Paul Craig, Jack Crouch, Conrad Cummings, Jay Derrah, Jonathan Easton, Larry Fessenden, Rick Hamlin, Carl Hammer, Phil Hartman, Lynn Landis, Warren Leight, Walker MacWilliam, William R. McAlpin, Michael Montes, Mark Napoletano, Fredrica Owen, Paul Rodriguez, Daryl Roth, Judy Saslow, Barbara Sauermann, Betty Sikov, Ed Sikov, Barbara & Jason Spender, Julia Stiles, Wendy Thaxter, Jeff and Christine Tomlinson, Beck Underwood, Paul Vershbow, Kaye Voyce, Carla Weisberg, Mac Wellman, Anonymous Donor

Collaborators

John Adams (Composer)
John Ambrosone (Lighting Designer)
American Composers Orchestra (Ensemble)
Deborah Artman (Librettist)
Bang on a Can (Ensemble)
Basel Sinfonietta (Ensemble)
Lisa Bielawa (Performer)
Theo Bleckmann (Performer)
Tony Bout (Performer)
Brooklyn Philharmonic (Ensemble)
Linda Brumbach (Consultant)
Conrad Cummings (Composer)
Hope Davis (Performer)
Mark Dion (Artist)
John Dossett (Performer)
Jim Farmer (Composer)
Jim Findlay (Set Designer)
Matt Frey (Lighting Designer)
Katie Geisinger (Performer)
Mimi Goese (Performer)
Alice Goodman (Librettist)
Michael Gordon (Composer)
Sean Haberle (Performer)
Daniel Harnett (Performer)
Cynthia Hopkins (Performer)
Ben Katchor (Writer/Artist)
Anna Kichtchenko (Performer)
Neil LaBute (Writer)
David Lang (Composer)
Warren Leight (Writer)
Pilar Limosner (Costume Designer)
Jennie Liu (Performer)
Robert A. McAlpin (Consultant)
Kate Moran (Performer)
Beth Morrison (Producer)
Jackie Mullen (Stage Manager)
MusikFabrik (Ensemble)
Ben Neill (Composer)
Yannick Nezet-Seguin (Conductor)
Yannick Nezet-Seguin (Conductor)
Deb O (Costume Designer)
Jack O'Connor (Producer)
Hunter Parker (Producer)
David Parsons (Choreographer)
Ruth Pongstaphone (Designer)
Paul Rodriguez (Performer/Designer)
Dan Safer(Choreographer)
Jay O. Sanders (Performer)
Tim Schellenbaum (Sound Designer)
Steven Sloane (Conductor)
Susan Sontag (playwright)
Robert Spano (Conductor)
Jane Alois Stein (Costume Designer)
Julia Stiles (Performer)
Jeff Sugg (Designer)
Austin Switser (Designer)
Howard S. Thies (Lighting Designer)
Natalie Thomas (Performer)
Matthew Tierney (Musical Director)
Fred Tietz (Set Designer/Performer)
Dave Turley (Performer)
Toby Twining (Performer)
Trio Medieval (Ensemble)
Kaye Voyce (Costume Designer)
Mac Wellman (Playwright)
Michael Anthony Williams (Performer)
Julia Wolfe (Composer)
Megan Wyler (Performer)
Daniel Zippi (Dramaturge/Performer/Producer)

Venues

American Repertory Theater
Brooklyn Academy of Music/Next Wave
Carnegie Hall/Zankel Hall
Cite de la Musique, Paris
De Singel, Antwerp
European Music Month
Funkhaus Wallrafplatz, Klaus-v.-Bismarck Saal
The Kampfnagel
Kimmel Center-Verizon Hall with The Philadelphia Orchestra
The Kitchen
La Mama ETC
Krannert Center
Lincoln Center
Mass MoCA
Muziekebow, Amsterdam
Oi Casa Grande Theater, Rio de Janeiro
Philharmonie Essen, Alfried Krupp Saal
PS 122
Queen Elizabeth Hall, London
Settembre Musica
Soho Rep
St. Ann's Warehouse
Vineyard Theater

Photo Credits

Luis Bañuelos
Craig Blankenhorn
Richard Feldman
Kevin Kennefick
Bill Morrison
William Murray
Laurie Olinder
Mike Peters
Bettina A. Stammen
Willamain Somma
Richard Termine

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Bob McGrath

Director Bob McGrath is Co-Founder and Director of Ridge Theater. Mr. McGrath has directed theater, opera and ballet at venues including BAM, Lincoln Center, American Repertory Theater, Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, Kimmel Center-Verizon Hall with The Philadelphia Orchestra, Krannert Center, Vineyard Theater, Arts at St. Ann's, La MaMa E.T.C. and The Kitchen. His direction abroad includes Queen Elizabeth Hall (London), Cite de la Musique (Paris), Muziekebow (Amsterdam), Oi Casa Grande Theater (Rio de Janeiro) and De Singel (Antwerp). Bob has collaborated with composers, writers and conductors including John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Ben Katchor, David Lang, Michael Gordon, Neil LaBute, Warren Leight, Mark Mulcahy, Ben Neill, Yannick Nezet-Seguin, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), Mikel Rouse, Susan Sontag, Robert Spano, DJ Spooky, Mac Wellman and Julia Wolfe. He is currently an Associate Professor at Virginia Tech, and has taught at Sarah Lawrence College and NYU. Mr. McGrath has been awarded three Village Voice OBIE awards for Direction, Best Production and Sustained Achievement.

Laurie Olinder

Projection and Set Designer Laurie Olinder is a multi-media designer, painter and photographer. She has been awarded a Village Voice Obie Award, a New York Dance and Performance Bessie Award and an Eliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design in the Theater. Ms. Olinder has designed projections for many contemporary composers and performers including John Adams, The Brooklyn Youth Chorus, The Brooklyn Philharmonic, Gavin Bryars, Bryce Dressner, Philip Glass, Michael Gordon, Henryk Gorecki, The Kronos Quartet, David Lang and Julia Wolfe. Her work has been shown at noted performance venues including American Repertory Theater, BAM, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and MASS MoCA.

Bill Morrison

Filmmaker Bill Morrison’s films have been screened at festivals, museums and concert halls worldwide, including Sundance Film Festival, Tate Modern, and Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Museum of Modern Art has acquired eight of his titles. Mr. Morrison has been commissioned to create films for some of the most important composers of our time, including John Adams, Gavin Bryars, Bill Frisell, Michael Gordon, Henryk Gorecki, David Lang, Harry Partch, Steve Reich and Julia Wolfe. Bill is a Guggenheim Fellow and has received the Alpert Award. His work with Ridge Theater has been recognized with two Bessie awards and a Village Voice Obie Award. Decasia, his feature length collaboration with composer Michael Gordon, is described by J. Hoberman of the Village Voice as “the most widely acclaimed American avant-garde film of the fin-de-siècle.”

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