Actor; Film, Radio and Television Artist; Graphic Artist; Teaching Artist; Visual Artist: Illustration, Painting; Writer; Performance Artist
Ray Caspio creates beautifully grotesque characters whose comedic allure invites you into their queer realities where they unpack American culture and scrutinize the multifaceted manners in which we relate to each other. Ray’s work recognizes the immediacy and impermanence of performance by embracing theatre as a living event. Those in the space matter. The work becomes as alive as we are: consciously existing in that moment when we all gather to play. Ray is a performance artist, teaching artist & the Founder of Michael Chekhov Center Cleveland. Creations have been performed at BorderLight Intl. Fringe Festival, Playhouse Square, CPT, Theater Ninjas & the Cleveland Museum of Art (CMA). Caspio appeared on Best of Theatre lists for Cleveland Scene (2014 & ’17) and WCPN’s The Sound of Applause (’14, for the the immersive exploration of gender, sexuality & marriage equality, TingleTangle). Caspio has taught for Playhouse Square, Disney Musicals-in-Schools, CPH Theatre Academy, MetroHealth Arts in Medicine & the CMA. They are trained in Bouffon, Eccentric Performance, the Alba Method, and Improv & Sketch (Second City CHI). Ray studies with master teachers of the Michael Chekhov technique at the Michael Chekhov School, Hudson, NY, and the international faculty of MICHA. Caspio founded Michael Chekhov Center after a decade exploring the technique to share their understanding of Chekhov’s principles with NE Ohio Artists. Ray received a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship.