Ashes was initiated in New York, 2010 by director Jonathan Vandenberg and dramaturge Erik Grathwohl. The project explores theatrical forms beyond literary language. This work incorporates many different fields, including image, presence, and ritual. The group's work has been presented in a range of contexts, from site-specific locales to Off-Broadway.




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. In New York, he has conceived and directed Oresteia inspired by Aeschylus for Classic Stage Company, The Kingdom as a Mabou Mines Artist-in-Residence, The Crossing of the Visible for the Center for Performance Research, the site-specific Tantalus, Kafka Parables for KafkaFest, and co-created Festenmacher with director Robert Woodruff for NYU Tisch Graduate Acting. Regionally, he has directed works for the Middlebury College Museum of Art, Magic Theatre Young California Writers Project, New Langton Arts, Berkeley Chamber Theatre, and San Francisco Theatre Festival. He has taught at Middlebury College, Columbia University, and Classic Stage Company. He has trained with the Suzuki Company of Toga and received an MFA in Directing from Columbia University.


Oresteia. Classic Stage Company, New York, 2015.
Axis Mundi. Middlebury Museum of Art, Middlebury, 2015.
The Crossing of the Visible. New Voices in Live Performance, Center for Performance Research, Brooklyn, 2014.
The Kingdom. Mabou Mines / Suite, P.S. 122, New York, 2013.
Tantalus. Site-Specific, New York, 2012.
Oresteia. Columbia Stages, Riverside Theater, New York, 2011.
Kafka Parables. KafkaFest, New York, 2010.