Ralph PeñaPlaywright/Director [email removed]
Ralph Peña is a founding member and the current Artistic Director of the Obie and Drama Desk Award winning Ma-Yi Theater Company. Recent directing credits include Josh Conkel’s Curmudgeons in Love (Ensemble Studio Theatre [EST] Marathon 2013), Ruth Magraff’s Centaur Battle of San Jacinto (Fordham Mainstage), Michael Lew's Microcrisis (EST/Youngblood and Ma-Yi Theater Company), Lloyd Suh's Children of Vonderly (Ma-Yi) and Happy End of the World (Children's Theater Company and Ma-Yi at Arena Stage), Nicky Paraiso's House/Boy (La Mama Experimental Theatre Club [ETC], Singapore and Dublin Theater Festivals), and Savage Acts by Kia Corthron, Han Ong, Sung Rno, and Jorge Ignacio Cortiñas (Ma-Yi). He is also the author of Flipzoids (1996), Dead Man's Socks (2003), I__NY , Project: Balangina (with Sung Rno), and additional text and lyrics for Lonnie Carter's The Romance of Magno Rubio (2003, Obie Award). Apart from Ma-Yi Theater Company, his work has been seen at Long Wharf Theater in New Haven, Connecticut; Kumu Kahua Theatre in Honolulu, Hawai’i; Northwest Asian American Theater in Seattle, Washington; ASIA Theater; San Diego Asian American Repertory in San Diego, California; La Mama ETC and New York Shakespeare Festival/ Public Theater in New York, New York; Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre in Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia; Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Illinios; Laguna Playhouse in Laguna Beach, California; Fox Theater in Atlanta, Georgia; the Odeon Theater in Bucharest, Romania, and the Cultural Center of Manila, Philippines. Ralph was one of the lead organizers of the first U.S. Artists contingent to the World Social Forum in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a member of the Ma-Yi Writers Lab, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, and sits on the board of the Theater Communications Group (TCG).