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Rodolfo Ortega

Composer/Sound Designer/Music Director

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Rodolfo Ortega

Music has the power to transport us to another time and place. Rodolfo loves to harness that power with theatre audiences and passionate music lovers alike. From a young age, Rodolfo has found great joy and satisfaction by being involved in the creative music process, both as a musician and composer.  On this site you can find samples of his work, a complete bio and contact information.

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Introduction of the Artist (created for the 2019 Prague Quadrennial)

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Behind the Music

Rodolfo Ortega is an award winning composer for theatre, film and television. Rodolfo received his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from the University of Arizona and his Master’s of Music Degree from Manhattan School of Music where he studied piano and composition.

Rodolfo is nationally known for his work in the theatre.  He has composed music and sound designed for some of the most prestigious theatre companies in the United States including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (Romeo & Juliet, The Tenth Muse) and Denver Center for the Performing Arts (The Three Musketeers, Romeo & Juliet).  Rodolfo is also an Associate Artist with Santa Cruz Shakespeare (Hamlet, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Man in the Iron Mask, Henry IV, (Parts I & II) and Venus in Fur).  His composition for Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Love’s Labor’s Lost drew high praise from the Wall Street Journal which called his music “unexpectedly haunting”.  At Santa Cruz Shakespeare he also collaborated with Tony Award winning director, Pam McKinnon, on Othello.  In the Bay area Rodolfo has worked with Aurora Theatre Company, composing music for The Monster Builder, which won the San Francisco Drama Critics Award. His compositions were heard by LA audiences when South Coast Repertory Theater also staged The Monster Builder.  Rodolfo has also composed the music for Cleveland Playhouse's Native Gardens.

Rodolfo lives in Portland, Oregon where his theatrical work has been prolific. Since 2008, he has composed an original musical every year for Northwest Children’s Theatre including Hansel and Gretel, Snow White, Pinocchio, Peter Pan, The Little Mermaid and El Zorrito (which was published by Dramatic Publishing in 2014). For Artists Repertory Theatre he has designed and composed the music for Caught, The Liar, Feathers and Teeth, The Talented Ones, TrevorIntimate Apparel and many more. With Jane Unger and Profile Theatre, Rodolfo designed and composed for 13 seasons, each focused on a particular playwright. A handful of his Profile credits include the sound design and music for The Blue Door (Portland Drammy Award), A Lesson Before Dying, Lips Together Teeth Apart and Master Harold and the Boys. He has composed for Teatro Milagro including their productions of Lorca in a Green Dress (Portland Drammy Award), Ardiente Paciencia and Elliot a Soldier’s Fugue. He was commissioned to compose the music for Oye’ Oya’ a bilingual musical adaptation of The Tempest for Teatro Milagro. Rodolfo composed the scores for Oregon Children’s Theatre’s productions of Charlotte’s Web, Tuck Everlasting (Portland Drammy Award), BFG, Holes and Cyrano.  Additionally he composed the music for the published play The Illustrated Bradbury by Ray Bradbury in collaboration with Tobias Andersen.  For the 2000-2001 Portland theatre season, Rodolfo was awarded a Portland Drammy Award in Sound Design and Composition for an entire season of outstanding work.  

Rodolfo's work was selected for inclusion in the 2019 Prague Quadrennial.  He is a featured artist for his composition for Artists Repertory Theater’s Magellanica.

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El Huracán by Charise Castro Smith

Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

April 2023, Gable Stage Miami Florida. Composer/Sound Designer

Metamorphoses, Seattle Rep

Directed by Shana Cooper

January 2023, Composer/Sound Designer, Seattle

Twelfth Night, Santa Cruz Shakespeare.

Directed by Paul Mullins

July 2022, Sound Designer/Composer

Actors Theatre, Nicole Clarke is Having a Baby

Written and directed by Morgan Gould

March 2020, Composer/Sound Designer, Humana Festival, Louisville Kentucky

Actors Theatre, Flex

by Candrice Jones

Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenburg

March 2020, Composer/Sound Designer, Humana Festival, Louisville Kentucky

Cleveland Playhouse, Native Gardens by Karen Zacarías

Directed by Robert Fleming

May 2019, Composer/Sound Designer

Prague Quadrennial, Prague, Czech Republic

June 2019, Composer/Sound Designer

Featured Artist in the 2019 Prague Quadrennial. Every four years the Prague Quadrennial showcases the best of Performance Design, Scenography and Music for Theater.  Rodolfo's composition for Artists Repertory Theatre's Magellanica was selected for inclusion.

Santa Cruz Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare

Directed by Raelle Myrick-Hodges

August 2019, Composer/Sound Designer

Artists Repertory Theatre, 1984 A New Play by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan

Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

September 2019, Composer/Sound Designer

Artists Repertory Theatre, The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart
by David Greig

Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

November 2019, Composer/Sound Designer/Music Director

Artists Repertory Theatre, La Ruta by Isaac Gomez

Directed by Dámaso Rodríguez

November 2019, Composer/Sound Designer/Music Director

“Without music, life would be a mistake”

Friedrich Nietzsche

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