Tanya Orellana designs live performance spaces for theatre, opera, and immersive experiences. Her work has been seen in venues across the USA including The Kennedy Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Huntington Gardens, The Kirk Douglas, CalShakes, L.A. State Historic Park, The Getty Villa, and The Greek Theatre.
Her recent design collaborations include The Industry’s Sweet Land, a world premiere immersive opera directed by Yuval Sharon and Cannupa Hanska Luger, Fefu and her Friends directed by Pam MacKinnon, Oedipus directed by Jenny Koons, LA Opera’s On Gold Mountain directed by Jennifer Chang, Poor Yella Rednecks directed by Jaime Casteñeda, LEAR by Marcus Gardley directed by Eric Ting, and Rasgos Asiaticos written by Virginia Grise, a traveling scenic installation using sound, light, and objects to conjure narratives of immigration and migration in the U.S.–Mexico borderlands.
Tanya received her MFA in Scenic Design from CalArts and is the 2016 recipient of the Princess Grace Fabergé Theatre Award. She is part of the design team representing the US at the Prague Quadrennial 2023, a member of Wingspace Theatrical Design, and an organizing member of La Gente: The Latine Production Network.