Rodolfo Ortega

Composer & Sound Designer

Rodolfo Ortega is an award-winning composer for film, television and theatre. 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. He has composed music for indie films such as the The Good Lot among others. For television he has composed music for the National Public Broadcast of the documentary No Perfect Answers: The Life and Architecture of Pietro Belluschi. Rodolfo is nationally known for his work in the theatre.  He has sound designed and composed for some of the most prestigious theatre companies in the United States including The Oregon Shakespeare Festival (The Tenth Muse) and Denver Center Theatre Company (The Three Musketeers, Romeo & Juliet). Rodolfo is also an Associate Artist with Santa Cruz Shakespeare (Much Ado About Nothing, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Man in the Iron Mask, Henry IV, Parts I & II). His composition for Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Love’s Labors Lost drew high praise from the Wall Street Journal who called his music “unexpectedly haunting." He also collaborated with Tony Award-winning director, Pam McKinnon, on Santa Cruz Shakespeare’s Othello. 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 Profile Theatre his credits include music for 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. 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 recently published play The Illustrated Bradbury by Ray Bradbury. 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.

As a Resident Artist at Artists Rep he has composed music and designed sound for dozens of productions.