Ashes Company was founded in New York by director Jonathan Vandenberg and dramaturg Erik Grathwohl. The group's evolving theatrical language incorporates many different fields, including physicality, visual arts, and ritual. Projects are always inspired by catalytic elements within fecund source material. In particular, the company is investigating myth and tragedy.
Erik Grathwohl has variously been a scenic designer, technical director, and dramaturge working in New York City for 10 years. In addition to his work with Ashes, he has been creating yearly projects, with grants from NYU, exploring the application of technology in theater, and the intersection between game-playing and performance. Erik is also Adjunct Faculty and the Supervisor of Second Year Production at NYU's Graduate Theater programs.
Jonathan Vandenberg is a director, writer, and designer. He has directed Oresteia after Aeschylus at Classic Stage Company, The Kingdom for Mabou Mines/Suite, The Crossing of the Visible at the Center for Performance Research, Iago: Images Unseen after Shakespeare at The Cutting Ball Theater, and co-created Festenmacher with director Robert Woodruff at the New York University MFA Program. He has conceived the installations Axis Mundi at the Middlebury College Museum of Art and the site-specific Tantalus. He has taught at Middlebury College, Columbia University, and Classic Stage Company. He trained with the Suzuki Company in Toga, Japan and received an MFA in Directing from Columbia University.
Iago: Images Unseen, The Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco, 2018
Iago: Images Unseen, Workshop, The Cutting Ball Theater, San Francisco, 2017
Oresteia, Classic Stage Company, New York, 2015
"Greek Tragedy Symposium," Classic Stage Company, New York, 2015
Oresteia, Workshop, IATI Theater, New York, 2015
Axis Mundi, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, 2015
"Off the Wall: Axis Mundi," Panel Discussion, Middlebury College Museum of Art, Middlebury, 2015
The Crossing of the Visible, Center for Performance Research, New York, 2014
New Voices in Live Performance Residency, Center for Performance Research, New York, 2014
The Kingdom, Mabou Mines/Suite, New York, 2013
Resident Artist Program, Mabou Mines, New York, 2012-13
Tantalus, Site-specific, New York, 2012