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Tom Ontiveros

Lighting Designer

Tom Ontiveros designs with light and projection for theatre, dance, and live music. He is a three-time recipient of the Dean Goodman Award for Lighting Design and was featured in San Francisco’s Callboard magazine. He is a board member for viBe, an NYC organization providing performance and writing programs to high school girls with limited access to the arts. He recently designed lighting for the Tune In Festival at the Park Avenue Armory curated by the Eighth Blackbird Ensemble which included collaborations with Bora Yoon, Ruth Pongstaphone, Paul Haas, Paul Fowler, Newspeak, Red Fish Blue Fish, John Luther Adams, the Argento Chamber Ensemble and others to create lighting and visual design for new music performance.  Other recent designs include Schick Machine composed by Paul Dresher and starring Steve Schick at Z Space in San Francisco. His lighting and projection designs have also 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, Dinkelspiel Auditorium, Marin Theatre Co., Intersection for the Arts, The Magic Theatre, & ODC in San Francisco, San Diego Museum of Art, Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Playhouse, SUSHI Performing Arts,  The Japan America Theatre, Mondavi Center,  Zellerbach Studio Theatre, 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.  Collaborators include Allyson Green Dance, Yolande Snaith & Imago Moves Dance Co., Rinde Eckert, Paul Dresher, Eighth Blackbird Ensemble, Cornerstone Theatre, Circle X, Michael Greif (Most Wanted workshop), Bob Balaban (The Exonerated), Naomi Iizuka (The Language of Angels), Charles Mee (Summertime) and Marin Alsop at the Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Tom is an Assistant Professor of Lighting Design at the University of Southern California.