Rock The Ground Theater Company

Rock The Ground Theater Company is a collective of artists, actors, directors and technicians working on the Mendocino coast to create and present original theater pieces, rock musicals and new versions of classical theater

Rock the Ground Theater Company was founded by veteran actor Hugh Dignon in 2009.

Hugh Dignon

Founder and Artistic Director

Hugh is the Artistic Director of Rock the Ground Theater Company and is an actor, director and producer. He last directed David Ives’ Venus In Fur summer 2014. He played Oberon in the Company’s production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream  and the title roles in Uncle Vanya and Hamlet. Hugh has performed on the stages of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, Foothill Theater Company, California Shakespeare Company, PCPA Theater Festival, Kern Shakespeare Festival, San Jose Stage Company, Wyoming Shakespeare Company, Central Works in Berkeley, Wichita Center for the Arts, The French Institute and Target Margin Theater in New York City. He has also performed locally at Mendocino Theater Company and the WarehousArtistic Directore Repertory Theater. As a director: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (with Hillary Spector), Hamlet, and The Rocky Horror Show (Rock the Ground Theater Company); The Underpants and One Shoe Off (Mendocino Theater Company); Dracula (Foothill Theater Company); Romeo and Juliet, The Cripple of InishmaanA Midsummer Night’s DreamMuch Ado About Nothing and The Taming of the Shrew (Wyoming Shakespeare Company); Our Town and A Christmas Carol (The Warehouse Repertory Theater). Favorite roles include: Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, Johnny Pateen in The Cripple of Inishmaan, Valere in La Bete, the title role in Tamburlaine, Lord of the Underworld in Eurydice, Chandel and Poche in A Flea in her Ear, Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, Melersh in Enchanted April, and the title roles in Richard II, Hamlet and Uncle Vanya.

Hugh is a graduate of Vassar College and the American Conservatory Theater (ACT) Advance Training Program.