Ridge Theater has established itself as one of America’s premiere creators of multimedia theater, opera, and new music performance. Ridge productions are epic visual and aural works that typically position performers within film and video projections, redefining traditional theatrical boundaries. Dramatic staging by director Bob McGrath and haunting film work and projections by the filmmaker Bill Morrison (“Decasia”) and the visual artist Laurie Olinder are hallmarks of the Ridge style.

Their productions have been presented at venues such as the American Repertory Theater, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Royal Festival Hall, Walt Disney Concert Hall, La MaMa E.T.C., and St. Ann's Warehouse.

The work has been described as “hallucinatory, oddly beautiful, and disturbing”, by the Chicago Tribune, “They conjure up a dreamlike world, in which the actors seem to float.” Ridge Theater and its collaborators have received numerous awards including multiple Village Voice OBIE, and NY Dance & Performance BESSIE awards, an Elliot Norton Award for Outstanding Design in the Theater, as well as 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.

NEA, NYSCA, The Greenwall Foundation, The Rockefeller Foundation, Creative Capital, The Foundation for Contemporary Performance Art, Peg Standvoordt Foundation, The Puffin Foundation, New York Foundation for the Arts. Association of Performing Arts Presenters Ensemble Theatre Collaborations Grant Program, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Theatre Initiative.

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.

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Bob McGrath (Director)
Laurie Olinder (Projection/Set Designer)
Bill Morrison (Filmmaker)

John Adams (Composer)
John Ambrosone (Lighting Designer)
American Composers Orchestra (Ensemble)
Deborah Artman (Librettist)
Bang on a Can (Ensemble)
basel sinfonietta (Ensemble)
Theo Bleckmann (Performer)
Tony BoutŽ (Performer)
Lisa Bielawa (Performer)
Brooklyn Philharmonic (Ensemble)
Linda Brumbach (Consultant)
Conrad Cummings (Composer)
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)
David Lang (Composer)
Warren Leight (Writer)
Pilar Limosner (Costume Designer)
Robert A. McAlpin (Consultant)
MusikFabrik (Ensemble)
Ben Neill (Composer)
Jack O'Connor (Producer)
Hunter Parker (Producer)
David Parsons (Choreographer)
Ruth Pongstaphone (Designer)
Tim Schellenbaum (Sound Designer)
Steven Sloane (Conductor)
Susan Sontag (playwright)
Robert Spano (Conductor)
Julia Stiles (Performer)
Howard S. Thies (Lighting Designer)
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 (Performer / Producer)

Carnegie Hall / Zankel Hall
Brooklyn Academy of Music / Next Wave
St. Ann's Warehouse
European Music Month
The Kampfnagel
Soho Rep
Settembre Musica
American Repertory Theater
The Kitchen
Lincoln Center / Serious Fun
La Mama ETC
PS 122
Funkhaus Wallrafplatz, Klaus-v.-Bismarck Saal
Philharmonie Essen, Alfried Krupp Saal
Mass MoCA

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


Bob McGrath

Bob McGrath is co-founder and Director of Ridge Theater. He has directed theater and opera at venues including the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, The American Repertory Theater, Carnegie Hall's Zankel Hall, The 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. He 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, D.B.R. Daniel Bernard Roumain, Mikel Rouse, Susan Sontag, Robert Spano, DJ Spooky, Mac Wellman, and Julia Wolfe. Teaching: Associate Professor - Virginia Tech (current), Sarah Lawrence College, and NYU. Mr. McGrath is the recipient of three OBIE awards for: Direction, Best Production and Sustained Achievement.
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Laurie Olinder

(Projection/Set Designer):
Laurie Olinder is a multi media designer, painter and photographer. She has been recognized with an 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 numerous 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 such as ART, BAM, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and MASS MoCA.
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Bill Morrison

Bill Morrison's films have been screened at festivals, museums and concert halls worldwide, including the Sundance Film Festival, the Tate Modern, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall. The Museum of Modern Art has acquired eight of his titles. 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. Morrison is a Guggenheim fellow and has received the Alpert Award. His work with Ridge Theater has been recognized with two Bessie awards and an 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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