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Ralph Lewis

Director, playwright, performer, teacher and co-founding artistic director of the site-based performance producers, Peculiar Works Project.

Ralph Lewis (Director) creates original theater as conceiver, director, writer, teacher and actor in site-specific venues throughout NYC and beyond. Recipient of NYIT’s 2018 Caffe Cino Award, he co-founded Peculiar Works Project with Catherine Porter and Barry Rowell in 1993, producing multi-disciplinary works in peculiar sites, including Merchant’s House Museum, Gershwin Hotel, Marble Cemetery, Bowery Whole Foods, all over Judson Church, and the streets of Greenwich Village for the Obie Award-winning OFF Stage. Most recently on Zoom, he directed Fengar Gael’s Smile Like A Knife (Ego Actus), and his virtual tour of NYC’s first theaters, Behind the Curtain, was presented by Untapped Cities. Language Games is his first direct-to-video project since the 2005 documentary Welcome Aboard the Tripbox. Pre-pandemic creations include Afterparty: The Rothko Studio in the landmarked 222 Bowery; 2 Jane Jacobs for Village Preservation at the Cherry Lane Theater; Planet X for the 2018 [Re]Happening Festival at the legendary Black Mountain College, NC; and, two Climate Change Theater Actions for Artichoke Arts. He also directed America’s first play, Androboros, in both Francis Tavern Museum and Overthrow’s boxing ring, as well as terrific plays by William M. Hoffman, Megan Terry, Larry Gelbart, Paul Foster, Marina Shron, John Patrick Shanley, Hallie Flanagan, Dostoevsky, Aristophanes, and Dr. Suess, among others. When not making theater, Ralph lives in a 200-year-old Federal house on the Bowery and volunteers with the Bowery Alliance of Neighbors, NYC Loft Tenants, and CB3’s Arts Task Force. AEA, SAG/AFTRA, LCT Directors Lab.