Professor, Playwright, Director and Producer

Ralph Tropf

About Ralph

Professor of Humanities, Playwright, Director and Producer

After completing my BA in Humanities at The University of Central Florida, I began an early career as an actor and stage technician, working with the Alabama and Orlando Shakespeare festivals and the dinner theatre circuit in Florida.  Earning my Equity card at the Burt Reynolds’ Theatre, I moved to New York where I wrote my first plays.

In graduate school at The University of Nevada Las Vegas, my plays The Hourglass and Squid and Fishy each received Meritorious Achievement awards from the Kennedy Center College Theatre Festival. After earning an MFA in Theatre Arts with a discipline in playwriting, I began teaching at The Theatre Academy of Los Angeles City College while subsequently pursuing a Hollywood career.  After acting on the television series’ General Hospital and Port Charles, I worked three seasons as a writer-producer for the reality series World’s Wildest Police Videos. My play Shadow Hour is published by Samuel French, and my screenplay The Orchid and the Cross was a semi-finalist for a Nicholl Fellowship.

Now a college professor, I teach Humanities, English and Theatre at Glendale Community College and Los Angeles Trade Tech. As Executive Producer of The All Roses Company, I occasionally create live theatre and film events.

Creator and Adventurer

Atop the hill in Griffith Park, I stop to watch the sunset turning the Hollywood sign gold. The first time I came this way, it took me two hours pushing the mountain bike. Now I pedal up in 30 minutes. I’ve worked as a producer for FOX Television and many of my plays are produced and/or published, but nothing beats this ride.

To be happy all I need is a free afternoon, a clear blue sky and no head wind. Riding through Los Angeles, I zip past lines of cars stopped at red lights. I wonder how many are on their way to a gym, where they pedal for an hour on a stationary bike then sit in traffic again to go home.

I rented a bicycle in Rome, rode it past the Forum and the Circus Maximus and up the Appian Way. I got lost and carried the bike up the Spanish Steps — the quickest way I could find to get back. I’ve ridden from Hilo to Akaka Falls on the Big Island, through Central Park in New York and around the Greek island of Santorini. The freedom, the sights, the breath in my lungs and the blood pumping through the muscles in my thighs makes each trip a lasting memory.

Coming down the hill in Griffith Park, I fly past the Greek Theatre, down to Los Feliz Boulevard and I’m home. Sure, I’ll send you a copy of one of my scripts. But for real fun, get your bike and come along some time.

Explore My Works

A compendium of full length plays and shorts..

The All Roses Company

A Los Angeles based company of artists creating live theatre and film events..