Carolyn Ratteray

Associate Professor of Theatre; Chair of Theatre
  • Expertise


    Carolyn Ratteray is an associate professor of theatre at Pomona College and an Emmy-nominated actor and director based in the Los Angeles area. She has appeared in off-Broadway and regional theatres as well as in tv/film/commercials and voiceovers. Most recent credits include Gem of the Ocean at A Noise Within, The Mountaintop at the Garry Marshall Theatre  and The Cake at The Geffen Playhouse and Echo Theatre Company. In addition to performing, Ratteray has directed By The Way Meet Vera Stark by Lynn Nottage, In Love and Warcraft by Madhuri Shekar and Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare for Pomona College as well as staged readings throughout the area.  She has studied theatrical clown with Philip Gaulier, Chris Bayes, David Bridel, and Angela De Castro and is currently at work creating her solo clown show, “Both, And.” Some film/TV credits include “Snowfall,” “Riley Parra” “Seasons of Love” “Castle,” “NCIS”, “All My Children,”  “The Young and the Restless” and “Law & Order: Criminal Intent.” She is a resident artist at A Noise Within Theatre and a member of Antaeus Theatre Company.

  • Work



    Selected Theatre, TV, Film

    • Gem of the Ocean, A Noise Within, 2019
    • The Mountaintop, Garry Marshall Theatre, 2019
    • The Cake, Geffen Playhouse, 2018
    • The Cake, Echo Theatre Company, 2017
    • Imaginary Invalid, A Noise Within, 2016
    • Father Comes Home from the Wars, Mark Taper Forum , 2016
    • Pygmalion, Pasadena Playhouse, 2015
    • The Importance of Being Earnest, A Noise Within, 2014


    • “Snowfall” FX Networks, 2019
    • “Seasons of Love” Tello Films, 2019
    • “Riley Parra” Tello Films, 2018
  • Education


    Master of Fine Arts
    M.F.A., University of San Diego, The Old Globe

    B.A., New York University, Tisch School of the Arts

  • Awards & Honors

    Awards & Honors

    Pomona College: Wig Distinguished Professorship Award for Excellence in Teaching, 2019

    Pomona College: Dr. Agnes Moreland Jackson Award from the Office of Black Student Affairs, 2019

    Daytime Emmy Nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Digital Series, 2019