MISSION. Strangemen & Co. seeks to foster and encourage collaboration between multi-talented, multi-disciplinary artists, and to provide an artistic home for up-and-coming theatre-makers. We look to be innovative and to mine unexpected sources in our design, direction, and productions. We look to simply honor what is truthful - one story at a time.
HOW WE STARTED. Strangemen & Co. was founded in 2010 by Jason Ralph, James Ortiz, and Frank Winters. We find joy in creating company-devised work, and look to include like-minded individuals from diverse theatrical backgrounds who share our passion in honoring what is simple and true in each individual story. Come play with us!
THE ARTISTIC BOARD.
Artistic Director & Producer - Jason Ralph
NYC based actor, director, producer and a founding member of Strangemen & Co. where helped develop and produce THE WOODSMAN, ON THE HEAD OF A PIN, FREE DELIVERY, AND THE LITTLE MERMAID. Currently starring in THE MAGICIANS on Syfy. Jason recently appeared in J.C. Chandor’s A MOST VIOLENT YEAR alongside Oscar Isaac and Jessica Chastain. He also starred in the Broadway hit PETER AND THE STARCATCHER at Off-Broadway’s New World Stages. Jason has guested on shows such as AQUARIUS, MADAM SECRETARY, GRACE AND FRANKIE, LOOKING, BLUE BLOODS and GOSSIP GIRL.
Creative Director & Producer - James Ortiz
based in New York City, James Ortiz is an established director, actor, writer, designer, and puppeteer. Most recently, James was the recipient of the 2016 OBIE Award for Puppet Design for his critically acclaimed Off-Broadway show, The Woodsman. Regionally, On, and Off-Broadway James has designed for: Theatre for a New Audience and The Public Theatre (King Lear), Shakespeare Theatre of DC (The Tempest) and The New Group (Mercury Fur) among others. As a director, his work has been seen at New World Stages, Ars Nova, 59e59 and others. As an actor, credits include The Woodsman (New World Stages), El Gato Con Botas (Tectonic Theatre Co.), On the Head of a Pin (Strangemen), Rhinoceros (UglyRhino Theatre Co.), Wanda's Monster (Making Books Sing). He is the recipient of the 2014 Jim Henson foundation Grant, was the 2015 resident artist at The New Victory Theatre and recently became the 2017 Eugene O'Neill residency recipient. James is also the Co-Founder and Creative Director of the devised theatre group, Strangemen & Co.
Literary Director & Producer - Frank Winters
is a writer, director, and actor. His written works include HOME MOVIES, ON THE HEAD OF A PIN, and STUDENT BODY. He was the 2014 recipient of the Clifford Odets Ensemble New Play Commission through the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. He is a graduate of the SUNY Purchase Acting Conservatory.
Executive Producer, StrangeLAB & Outreach Director - Amanda A. Lederer
is a NYC-based actor, producer, and collaborator. She was most recently seen as The Witch, a Tinker, and Dorothy in Strangemen & Co.’s The Woodsman at New World Stages. Off-Broadway credits include: The Woodsman (New World Stages, 59E59, Ars Nova) Shlemiel the First (TFANA). NYC credits: Dixon Place, Abingdon Theatre Company, HERE Arts Center, St. Ann’s Warehouse, NYMF, Gallery Players. Regional: The Divine Sister (Stageworks/Hudson); Make Sure It’s Me (BTF); Streetcar…, Uncle Vanya, Guys and Dolls (NHT, Indiana). Film: That Awkward Moment (Treehouse Pictures) with Michael B. Jordan, Zac Efron, and Miles Teller. Amanda serves as Executive Producer of Strangemen & Co., and is currently the Director of Strangemen’s social media and its new StrangeLAB program, where artists are invited to bring their projects and ideas to develop collaboratively with the company. She is a Co-Producer for the Mother Line Story Project, a storytelling platform where women are invited to create work in the voice of their maternal ancestors, the Director of Mother Line International, and MLSP’s social media manager. Amanda regularly performs onstage with both Strangemen & Co. and The Mother Line Story Project. She holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Catawba College, and is an active member of Actors’ Equity Association and the Fair Wage On Stage movement.
Education Director & Producer - Will Gallacher
Will is a NYC based Actor, Director and Writer as well as Head of the Strangemen Education Initiative and Movement Director. Film/TV: Winter Rye (winner Garden State Film Festival, dir. Victoria DeMartin), A Crime to Remember (Investigative Discovery). Theater: Ten Days in a Madhouse, The Woodsman & On the Head of a Pin (Strangemen & Co.), Twelfth Night (Libra Theater Co.), Henry V & School for Husbands (NY Classical Theater), Associations of Hip (Overturn Theater Ensemble). Will comes from Rochester NY via SUNY Purchase Conservatory.
Mananging Director - Rebecca Black
is an award winning Los Angeles-based producer. She recently co-produced the Obie Award-winning THE WOODSMAN Off-Broadway at New World Stages after two sold out engagements at 59E59 Theaters. Past projects include SPELLBOUND: THE MUSICAL by Ben Boecker and DEBUTANTE. by Ryann Weir. Currently, Rebecca serves as a screening associate/balancer for Screen Engine LLC, the leading Entertainment market research firm in Los Angeles. She is the Associate Producer for AMERICAN STREET KID, a feature documentary shining a light on homeless youth that premiered at the 2017 Hollywood Film Festival and the 2017 Beloit Film Festival and recently won an Award of Excellence from the Impact DOCS Award. She is the General Manager for the award-winning theater company, Strangemen & Co. and has worked in various capacities with 321 Theatrical Management, RKO Stage and multiple Tony Award winning regional theaters. Rebecca graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and is a proud Tar Heel, having served on the London, New York and now LA Carolina Alumni Clubs. Her family owns Black's BBQ in her hometown of Gastonia, NC and they are celebrating their 60 year anniversary in 2017.
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