Tanya Orellana designs performance spaces for Theater, Dance, Opera and Puppetry. She is a core member of the award winning ensemble Campo Santo for the past 10 years, participating in their intimate New Work Process, conceptualizing and designing sets alongside the writing process.
Her design collaborations include the world premieres of The Heath, by Lauren Gunderson directed by Sean Daniels at Merrimack Theatre (Lowell, MA), SAPO, by Culture Clash at The Getty Villa (Los Angeles, CA) ,Casa de Spirits written and directed by Roger Guenveur Smith at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Forum (San Francisco, CA), Nogales: Storytellers in Cartel Country by Richard Montoya and performed at Borderlands theatre( Tucson, Arizona) and The Magic Theatre (San Francisco,Ca) and Spiritrials by Dahlak Brathwaite directed by Marc Bamuthi Joseph. Exploring the intersection of design and civic practice, Tanya led workshops on theatrical design for incarcerated persons at Perryville State Prison, to create a collaborative site specific installation for Their Dogs Came With Them adapted and directed by Virginia Grise.
Tanya received her MFA in Scenic Design from CalArts (’17) and is the 2016 recipient of the Princess Grace Fabergé Theatre Award. Her design work on Angels in America will be presented in the US Emerging Designers Exhibit at the Prague Quadrennial 2019. Her work has been seen in Cuba, Mexico, Scotland and across the USA.
Upcoming work :
We Have IRE at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, directed by Rosalba Rolan
Spitfire Grill at The Garry Marshall Theatre, directed by Dimitri Toscas
ReVIVAL, a site specific performance at Stanford University choreographed by Amara Tabor-Smith.