"Simply the best, most unpredictable actor on at least the West Coast."
-The Los Angeles Times
"Campbell's fervent, funny, heart-wrenchingly poignant and impeccably detailed performance is driven by the quirky physicality of the one man dynamo he embodies."
-The Chicago Sun Times
"The role calls for a heroic performance, and it gets one from the remarkable Ron Campbell...It's hard to imagine a better one man show."
-The San Francisco Chronicle
"From the classics to the contemporary, the man is a theatrical monster- for my money, he's the most fascinating actor working in theatre. Anyone who truly aspires to this 'lowest of the arts' should follow him around as slavishly as others follow Rent and the remnants of the Grateful Dead. Campbell is a lithe physical comedian who is a devastatingly serious actor, someone who blends experience, confidence and acute instincts with an impeccable stage voice and agile body."
"If the quality of a performance can be judged by the extent to which an actor transforms himself onstage, then Ron Campbell personifies greatness. Equally capable of holding down 38 different characters in one evening, single-handedly bringing to life an entire Dickens novel, or sustaining the ramblings of one of the 20th century's most visionary eccentrics over the course of an hour and a half without pausing for breath, Campbell is the equivalent of a luxury chocolate assortment."
-The San Francisco Weekly
"A certified performing genius."
-The Mercury News
The History (and Mystery) of the Universe* R. Buckminster Fuller Lorraine Hansberry, George Coates, Theatre Artaud -San Francisco, Intiman Theatre– Seattle, Mercury Theatre –Chicago, San Diego RepertoryTheatre
The Thousandth Night*** (38 Characters) Aurora Theatre, Habima Theatre –Israel, Old Red Lion -London, Stages Theatre, Colony Theatre (L.A.), San Diego Repertory Theatre, American Stage Co. -New Jersey, Company of Fools -Idaho, Metro Stage -Washington D.C., Edinburgh Festival
How To Fail- Playground Solo Performance Festival.
The Dybbuk- San Diego Repertory Theatre
The Bone Man of Benares -22 Characters - Encore Theatre
Shylock (Shylock) - San Diego Repertory Theatre, CPAF, Tour
Eh Joe* -Joe - The Mark Taper Forum
A Tale of Two Cities* (28 Characters) San Diego Repertory Theatre
Cirque Du Soleil, Lead Clown, Kooza
Teatro Zinzanni, Emcee (Seattle, San Francisco)
The Speakeasy, Eddie Cantor
Playground, Mojo Theatre How To Fail. (One Man Show.)
California Shakespeare Theatre (Associate Artist) Triumph of Love, Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV, Pericles
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, One Man, Two Guvnors
TheatreWorks Hound of Baskervilles, Twelfth Night, Peter and the Starcatcher, Around the World in 80 Days.
Aurora Theatre, The Thousandth Night, Salome, Benefactors
The Mark Taper Forum , Eh Joe*, Ghetto, Temptation. The Lesson, Red Cross, The Game of Love and Chance*
Los Angeles Theatre Center House of Correction*, Death of a Salesman, Life is a Dream, Antony and Cleopatra, Barabbas, The Inspector General
Pasadena Playhouse House of Blue Leaves
American Conservatory Theatre The Gamester
The Seattle Repertory Theatre Beard of Avon
The Old Globe Theatre, San Diego The Merry Wives of Windsor*, Ballad of the Blacksmith
San Diego Repertory Theatre Waiting for Godot, A Tale of Two Cities*, The Illusion, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Merchant of Venice
Huntington Theatre, Boston How Shakespeare Won the West
American Stage Company The Thousandth Night
The Laguna Playhouse Othello*, The Mystery of Irma Vep, Strange Snow*, The Liar
International City Theatre Corpse, Noises Off
L.A.Test Stage Cyrano De Bergerac
The Actors' Gang Angel City, Methuselem, Mummified Monkey, Ubu The King, Battery
All Dialects, 4th Degree Black Belt in Iaido (Japanese Swordsmanship), Expert Horsemanship, Mime, Physical Comedy, Archery, Aikido, All Forms of Stage Combat; Member, Society of American Fight Directors.
The Fox Fellowship for Distinguished Achievement.
****Moscow International Film Festival Best Actor Nomination
***London Fringe One Man Show of the Year Award
**The Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award
3 Bay Area Critic’s Circle Awards for Lead Performance
Bay Area Critic's Circle Award for Solo Performance
Bay Area Critic's Circle Award for Featured Performance
Theatre Bay Area Principal Performance, Male
Playbill’s “Billie” Award for Lead Performance
4 Backstage West Garland Awards
3 KPBS Patte Awards
Helen Hayes Award Nomination (Washington D.C.)
*Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Nomination
Jeff Award Nomination (Chicago)
*15 Drama-Logue Awards
(Some Representative Roles, Complete List Upon Request)
2002 to present:
Iaido with Andrej Diamantstein, Renshi, Muso Jikiden Eishen Ryu.
2017 Iaido with Mikhail Faiguenblat, Rokudan, Muso Jikiden Eishen Ryu.
2009 Thru 2016
David Shiner, Roch Jutras, Cirque du Soleil. (Clown)
2016 Umo Ensemble, Seattle, WA. (Buffoon)
2015 Clowning with Joe DePaul, Teatro Zinzanni.
2015/2017 Mask Training with David Poznanter and Pete Sweet, BOOM Ensemble.
2011, 2012 Iaido Training with Hattori Sensei in Osaka, Shiokawa Sensei in Fukuoka and Maeda Sensei in Nagoya, Japan. (Japanese Swordsmanship.)
2009 Thru 2014 Clowning with Sean Kempton, Colin Heath, Cirque du Soleil.
Mask and Chorus with The National Theatre of Greece, Hydra, Greece
Mythic Acting Seminar with Lee Breuer, (Mabou Mines) Hydra Greece
Martial Arts training with Tetsuro Shimaguchi, Edinburgh, Scotland
Physical TheatreTraining with Mark Jackson, (Viewpoints.)
Puppetry Workshop, California Shakespeare Theatre w/ Atlanta Center for Puppetry Arts.
Sword and Rapier Training with Dave Maier, Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
Viewpoints and Suzuki Training with SITI Group and Fool’s Fury Theatre, San Francisco.
Bufoon Training with Umo Ensemble, Theatre Artaud.
Theatre Workshop with Louis Valdez, San Diego Repertory Theatre.
Physical Theatre Workshop with Joan Schirle, San Diego Repertory Theatre.
Movement Workshop with Might and Main Theatre Company, London
Clown Workshop with Philippe Gaulier, London.
1991 Jerzy Grotowski Workshop, Irvine, California
Theatre Workshop with Georges Bigot, Theatre du Soliel, Stages Theatre, Los Angeles.
1988 - 1992
Various “Style” Workshops with The Actors’ Gang, Los Angeles.
1996 - present.
Conducted my own workshops at such venues as: Berkeley Repertory Theatre, West Coast Ensemble, The Actor’s Gang, Singular Productions, The International City Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, Fool’s Fury Theatre Company, Moving Arts Theatre Company, Telluride Repertory Theatre, Will & Co., Fool’s Fury Theatre Company, The Magic Theatre, Spring Fall Dance Studio and Westminster T.O.C. (Maximum Security Lock -Up for the Criminally Insane) and of course The Monday Night Actors Jam at Soar Feat Unlimited Studios.
Others I have received training with:
Jerzy Grotowski, Tony Richardson, Robert Lewis, The Group Theatre, Benjamin Thompson, Richard Olivier, Joan Plowright, Tony Abatemarco, Rene Busch, (Acting) Anthony De Longis, (Fight Choreography) Mitchell Young-Evans, (Mime) The Body Politic Theatre, National Theatre of Greece, Lee Breuer of Mabou Mines and Chuck Norris, (Karate.)
Kooza Cirque du Soleil
King of the Clowns
The History (and Mystery) of the Universe*
R. Buckminster Fuller
The Lone Star Circus, Cirque Joyeux
One Man, Two Guvnors
Cecil B. DeGrille
How to Fail
(One Man Show)
Peter and the Starcatcher
Hound of Baskervilles
Around The World in 80 Days
The Bone Man of Benares
Comedy of Errors, Much Ado About Nothing, Henry IV, etc.
Dromio, Dogberry, Pistol , etc.
Merchant of Venice
One Man Show
Waiting for Godot
Beard of Avon
A Tale of Two Cities*
The Merry Wives of Windsor*
The Music Lesson
Cyrano de Bergerac
The Imaginary Invalid*
The Inspector General
Evelyn and Rupert
Picasso at the Lapin Agile
The Mystery of Irma Vep
The Game of Love and Chance*
Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me
Twelfth Night, The Tempest, Macbeth Malvolio, Caliban, Macduff
House of Correction*
Sea of Cortez
Antony and Cleopatra
The Boys Next Door
Goodnight Desdemona, Good Morning Juliet.
TheBallad of the Blacksmith
Merry Wives of Windsor
The True History of Coca Cola in Mexico
Geography of a Horse Dreamer
Ubu The King
Soar Feat Unlimited