Meet the Creative Team of "Tiger Style!"

Brian Robin
 | May 09, 2022
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Tiger Style! director Ralph B. Peña makes his SCR directorial debut—but that’s not to say SCR is new to him. No, that came when he was a boy growing up in Orange County. He bought his first SCR subscription with the proceeds from his Orange County Register paper route.

Peña helms an experienced, talented creative team bringing Tiger Style! to life for theatregoers. Mike Lew’s play runs May 15-June 5 on the Julianne Argyros Stage.

Peña is the Obie Award-winning artistic director of Ma-Yi Theater Company in New York City, one of the nation’s premier incubators for Asian American theatre. Among his numerous directing credits is the off-Broadway world premiere of Lew’s microcrisis. Peña directed The Chinese LadyFelix StarroAmong the Dead, Once Upon a (korean) Time and the short film Vancouver.

Scenic Designer Se Oh is an SCR veteran of such performances as A Doll’s House, Part 2Cambodian Rock BandYoga Play and Office Hour. He’s worked as an associate designer on Broadway plays such as Dana H., Is This A Room (Lyceum Theater), Clyde’s (Helen Hayes Theater) and Cost of Living (Manhattan Theatre Club). His off-Broadway associate designer credits include For Colored Girls… and Office Hour (The Public Theater), Cambodian Rock Band (Signature Theatre) and The Great Leap (Atlantic Theatre Company). Oh lived in Orange County from 2003-2008.

Hyun Sook Kim (Costume Design) has designed costumes around the world across a variety of genres for more than 30 years. Audiences have seen her designs at the National Theater of Korea, The National Dance Company of Korea, the National Ballet Company of Korea, the Seoul Arts Center, Lincoln Center, Toronto’s Hummingbird Center, London’s West End and Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, among others. Kim’s designs for the mega-musical The Last Empress involved creating costumes for more than 70 cast members. Her designs were selected and presented in "Costume at the Turn of the Century," 1990-2015 at the A.A. Bakrushin Theatre Museum in Moscow. She is a professor of theatre at Cal State Fullerton, where she mentors costume-design undergraduates and serves as the graduate advisor.

Lighting Designer Tom Ontiveros returns to SCR after designing Culture Clash (Still) in AmericaA Doll’s House, Part 2, Going to a Place where you Already AreFast CompanyThe Motherf**ker with the Hat and The Long Road Today. His off-Broadway credits include The Exonerated (The Culture Project) and Tune in Festival (Park Avenue Armory). Ontiveros’ designs were seen at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Geffen Playhouse, Center Theatre Group, the LA Opera and East West Players. He’s earned the Lucille Lortel Award, Unique Theatrical Experience for The Exonerated and the LA Drama Critics Best Lighting Design for My Barking Dog. Ontiveros is an assistant professor of design at the University of La Verne.

Fabian Obispo (Sound Design) makes his SCR design debut after designing off-Broadway for the Ma-Yi Theater Company’s productions of The Chinese Lady and Lew’s Teenage Dick at the Public Theater. Obispo’s other off-Broadway credits include the Public Theater’s Sea Wall/A LifeOedipus El Rey, and the Ma-Yi Theater Company’s Felix Starro. Obispo’s designs were heard in regional theatres around the country, including Guthrie Theater, Kennedy Center, Folger Theatre, Goodman Theatre, Alliance Theater, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Huntington Theatre, American Conservatory Theatre, Pittsburgh’s City Theatre Company, Cincinnati Playhouse and Alabama Shakespeare Festival, among others. Obispo’s awards list includes the Barrymore Awards, Berkshire Theatre Critics Awards, International Motion Picture Awards and the LA Film Festival’s Indie Short Fest Award.

Hanna S. Kim (Projection Design) returns to SCR after designing Little Black Shadows. She has designed off-Broadway at The Public Theater and the American Conservatory Theater. Kim’s designs were seen at the LA Opera, New York City Opera and Long Beach Opera, along with installations displayed at the Annenberg Space of Photography and New York City’s Baryshnikov Arts Center. She earned the Richard E. Sherwood Award, Princess Grace Award in Theater Design, Helen Hayes Award, San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Award, StageScene LA Award and Stage Raw Award.

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