We are the Food Truck of Cleveland Theater

Theater Ninjas creates immersive encounters that transform the way people experience the world. Combining diverse genres, disciplines and media, we explore new forms of performance and collaboration.

Theater Ninjas Board
Susan Rothmann, Chair - Marjorie Anderson - Jeremy Paul


Our Supporters


  • Marjorie Anderson
  • David Cathcart
  • The Chuck and Char Fowler Foundation
  • The Cleveland Foundation
  • Cuyahoga Arts & Culture
  • The George Gund Foundation
  • The Martha Holden Jennings Foundation
  • Ohio Arts Council
  • Susan Rothmann
  • Lola Rothmann


  • Bob Paul & Peggy Kennedy
  • The Cyrus Eaton Foundation
  • Cassie Goldbach
  • Gia Hoa Ryan


  • Carl Baldassarre
  • Joan and Arthur Hargate
  • Robert Hawkes


  • George Brant
  • Pam & Sol Cokes
  • Maggie and Kevin Fraley
  • Denis Griesmer
  • Hank Griffin
  • Elizabeth Rusnak
  • >$100

  • Bonnie Barenholtz
  • Larry Becker
  • Emily Czarnota
  • Ivy Filbin
  • Caitie Hannon
  • Anna Kozlenko
  • Ryan Lucas
  • Anne McEvoy
  • Michael Prosen
  • Pandora Robertson
  • Amy Schwabauer
  • The George Gund Foundation



    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.


    The Cadre

    Lauren Joy Fraley

    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

    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 WolfEric 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.

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    Christopher Hisey

    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.