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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 creates original theater as conceiver, director, writer, teacher and actor in site-specific venues throughout NYC and beyond. Since co-founding Peculiar Works Project in 1993 with Catherine Porter and Barry Rowell, he has realized multi-disciplinary works in peculiar sites, including Merchant’s House Museum, Marble Cemetery, Bowery Whole Foods, Greenwich House, all over Judson Church, and the streets of Greenwich Village for the Obie-award winning OFF Stage. Most recently, Ralph presented Planet X, an homage to early performance art, in the 2018 (Re)Happening Festival at the legendary Black Mountain College, and AFTERPARTY: The Rothko Studio in the legendary painter's former studio, 2019. He directed America’s first play, Androboros, in both the Davis Flag Gallery of Francis Tavern Museum and OVERTHROW, an East Village boxing ring, as well as Tom Murrin’s ‘60s hit Son of Cock-Strong in the inaugural Full Moon Festival and the performed installation Spring Pictures of the Floating World both at La MaMa, ETC. Other directing includes 3 Heide Plays for Howl! Happening, 2 Artichoke Arts’ Climate Change Theater Actions, and his 1-person show, Behind the Curtain, at the Neighborhood Preservation Center and Tompkins Square Library, as well as terrific plays by William M. Hoffman, Megan Terry, Larry Gelbart, Hallie Flanagan, Paul Foster, John Patrick Shanley, Dostoevsky, Aristophanes and Dr. Suess, among others. A graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, Ralph is a member of Actors Equity Association, Screen Actors Guild, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and the League of Independent Theater.