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Tom Ontiveros

Los Angeles, CA   

Tom Ontiveros designs with light and projection for theatre, dance, and live music. His design for Completeness was nominated for Best Lighting Design (2014) by the Los Angeles Ticketholders Awards as well as Best Lighting Design/Intimate Venue by the L.A. Stage Alliance Ovation Awards. He has ben a guest artist as festival lighting designer for the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music since 2003. Other recent work includes Happy Days with Brooke Adams and Tony Shaloub (2014 Ticketholders Awards, Top 10 Revival Productions) and ¡Figaro!:(90210) for the LA Opera. Tom collaborated with Bob Balaban on the New York Premiere of The Exonerated (2003 Lucille Lortel & Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience& the Outer Critics Circle Award: Outstanding Off-Broadway Play). He is a three-time recipient of the Dean Goodman Award for Lighting Design and was featured in San Francisco’s Callboard magazine. He designed the lighting for the inaugural Tune In Festival at the Park Avenue Armory curated by the Eighth Blackbird Ensemble and featuring Bora Yoon, Paul Haas, Paul Fowler, Newspeak, Red Fish Blue Fish, John Luther Adams, the Argento Chamber Ensemble and others. Other designs include Schick Machine composed by Paul Dresher and starring Steve Schick at the Hong Kong Cultural Centre. His work has appeared at the Hungarian National Theatre Festival in Cluj, Romania, the International Festival of Arts and Ideas in New Haven, The Ojai Music Festival, Phoenix Symphony, Marin Theatre Co., Intersection for the Arts, The Magic Theatre, San Diego Museum of Art, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Playhouse, SUSHI Performing Arts, The Japan America Theatre, Mondavi Center, South Coast Rep, La Jolla Playhouse, The Chocolate Factory in Long Island City, The Joyce SoHo, St. Marks Church, The Ontological-Hysteric, The Culture Project and 3LD in NYC and others. Tom is an Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at the University of Southern California.