"E. Bonnie Lewis shone in all the facets of her complex character — from wide-eyed teenager being married off to Henry VI of England, to high-powered ruler of England, to mother suffering personal tragedy, to penniless exile. A dancer as well as actor…a small gesture of her hand or turn of her mouth could bring deep humanity and vulnerability to this ambitious and volatile character."

–Justine Sutton, Noozhawk

Alex Henteloff (Theatre reviewer for Casa Magazine) recently hailed E. Bonnie Lewis as “always commanding, our own younger Judy Dench.”

In the art that we produce, we enter into a process of creation. What we want to express, how we want to express it and the characters we are creating unfolds before us, revealing to us, in layers, that which leads to what we manifest and demonstrate in our theatrical productions.

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Who We Are

DramaDogs is a multidisciplinary and project driven theater production company that celebrates the creative process of performance through collaborative dialogues between the director, performer, technical and administrative segments of each production or event. It is the intention of DramaDogs to develop theatrical pieces, training programs, and educational outreach activities to touch the human spirit.

DramaDogs

DramaDogs recognizes that theater arts provide the environment for a rich creative and collaborative process. This process allows artists of various disciplines to work toward the inception, development, and production of theatrical pieces. These performances in turn enrich and entertain the artists and the audience at large. The company is concurrently dedicated to outreach programs and experiences for youth in public and private schools.

Different from the autocratic director/producer artistic vision practiced by most professional companies, DramaDogs utilizes the self as the artist. It is the artists' experiences, in life and in rehearsal, that are the most viable creative tool toward performance. DramaDogs crafts challenging theatrical productions and workshops that provide opportunities for actors to explore and discover their own creativity through their personal experiences, discoveries and awareness. Within the collaboration and dialogue at production meetings, rehearsal and in the final performances, the director, designers, actors and technicians are involved on two levels. Their voiced ideas are heard and are then applied to the overall vision of the theater piece. The artists working together reveal and bring forward an artistic statement that potentially becomes art.

Past Projects

Ken Gilbert and E. Bonnie Lewis began their collaborative work in the theater in Pasadena during the summer and fall of 1991. Following several successful productions, DramaDogs was established in 1998 and registered as a non-profit in 2000. Continuing to work with and develop original material, DramaDogs stimulates and provokes personal and social responses from its audiences.

Queen Undaunted: Margaret of Anjou
Center Stage Theater, September 24-25 2011
Funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using Funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and by the David Bermant Foundation

FREDA 
SBaDPT Festival 
July 18 - 19, 2011

Visage II
Presented by Daughter of Zion Dance Company & DramaDogs, A Theater Company
Studio DoZ, March 4-5 2007

Visage
Presented by Daughter of Zion Dance Company & DramaDogs, A Theater Company
Studio DoZ, March 17 2007
A performance integrating dance, theater and low flying aerial dance.

Visage
Presented by Daughter of Zion Dance Company & DramaDogs, A Theater Company
Center Stage Theater, January 12 - 14 2006
A performance integrating dance, theater and low flying aerial dance.

The Divorce Museum by Terre Ouwehand
Center Stage Theater, April 21 - May 7, 2005.
A poem cycle about a sister and brother having survived the divorce of their parents from when they were 5 and 7 years old.

Choir by Bradley Smith
October 31, 2003 @ Northrup-Grumman Corporate Headquarters in Los Angeles, CA @ 12 noon.
An original one-woman theater piece about diversity in the work place of a multi-billion dollar, multi-national corporation.

Out
November 1st and 2nd, 2002, Friday & Saturday @ 8 PM.
A montage of scenes and monologues from our past productions.

Stoop . . .
May 4 - 19, 2001, Fridays & Saturdays @ 8PM, Saturdays 12th & 19th @ 2 PM
Four one-act plays on Women (Bedtime by Mary Gallagher, Lives of the Great Waitresses by Nina Shengold, The Most Massive Woman Wins by Madeleine George, and Stoop by Lanford Wilson).

Cardinal Sin, an Indulgence
January 19 & 20, 2001 Friday and Saturday @ 8 PM
A movement/theater piece as part of the New Works (choreographers' showcase) Santa Barbara Dance Alliance based on the recipe of Julia Childs - Cardinal Slice.

The Chairs by Eugene Ionesco
March 9 - 18, 2000 Thursday-Saturday @ 8 PM
An absurd piece about an old man and woman at the end of their lives.

Oh, The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
New Year's Eve 2000-01 @ 7:15 and 8:00 PM
An original theater piece using the text of Dr. Seuss's work, weaving five monologues into the narrative. Part of First Night Whittier - Whittier, CA. New Year's Eve 2000-01 @ 7:15 and 8:00 PM

Infinite Notion by Michelle Osborne & Erica S. Connell
Preview: August 10 @ 8 PM
August 11 - 12, 2000 Friday & Saturday @ 8 PM and Saturday @ 2 PM

An original theater piece about looking back at our lives to discover who we are and what we are becoming.

Out of Context
July 23 & 24, 1999 - Friday & Saturday @ 8 PM/Saturday @ 2 PM
Working in Process in collaboration with Julie McLeod and Terre Ouwehand. An evening of monologues woven together by improvisational movement segues.

 

Collaborations

THE EXONERATED
a play by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Presented by DIJO Productions; Jerry Oshinsky, Executive Director
July 2011

The Exonerated tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. Moving between first person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American justice system gone horribly wrong and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it. Winner of the Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards, The Exonerated is the result of actual interviews with the wrongly convicted individuals and from volumes of court transcripts. The New York Times called it “The number one play of the year” and the Associated Press called it “Riveting. Simple, honest storytelling that demands reflection.” The Santa Barbara production is presented by DIJO Productions (Jerry Oshinsky, Executive Director) and features Leslie Story, Bill Waxman, Oliver Hamilton, Ed Giron, Travis Warren, Stan Holder, Aden Hailu, Maia Mook, Don Margolin and E Bonnie Lewis as part of an impressive ensemble cast. Director Ed Giron calls it “Deeply moving, honest, stark and hopeful.”

Reviews

Independent / October 9, 2013
Noozhawk / October 5, 2013

Independent / September 27, 2011
Noozhawk / September 28, 2011