Ashes Company was a theatre project based in New York City from 2010-15. Initiated by director Jonathan Vandenberg and dramaturg Erik Grathwohl, the group explored universal theatrical forms equally impacting the senses and mind. This work incorporated many different fields, including movement, sculpture, ritual, image, and sound. The group's moniker evoked an understanding of theatrical presence as the remnants of a combustible phenomenon.
Jonathan Vandenberg is a theatre director, writer, and designer. His recent works include Oresteia inspired by Aeschylus (Classic Stage Company), The Kingdom (Mabou Mines / Suite Festival), The Crossing of the Visible (Center for Performance Research), Axis Mundi (Middlebury College Museum of Art), No Such Thing (New Langton Arts), Amnesiac (San Francisco Theatre Festival), Kafka Parables (KafkaFest), and the site specific Tantalus. He co-created and was Associate Director for Festenmacher with director Robert Woodruff at NYU Tisch Graduate Drama. He has held teaching positions at Middlebury College, Columbia University, and Clssic Stage Company. M.F.A. Directing, Columbia University.
Erik Grathwohl received an MFA in Dramaturgy from Columbia University School of the Arts. He has worked as dramaturg on Ashes' production of Kafka Parables, The Kingdom, The Crossing of the Visible, Oresteia, and Tantalus. He is currently the Supervistor of Second Year production at the NYU Tisch Graduate Theatre Department.
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 Festival, PS 122, New York, 2013.
TANTALUS. Site Specific, New York, 2012.
ORESTEIA. Columbia Stages, Riverside Theater, New York, 2011.
KAFKA PARABLES. KafkaFest, New York, 2010.