Oriana is a Milwaukee native that received a BFA in Theatrical Design and Technology from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. She works as a freelance stage manager and lighting and audio designer/technician in the Chicago area in addition to co-owning a lighting and audio rental company. Past credits include: THE WATER CHILDREN (Stage Manager), LANGUAGE OF ANGELS (Stage Manager), BARE (Lighting Designer), ALICE’S ADVENTURS IN WONDERLAND (Lighting Designer)(The Cuckoo’s Theater Project); BURN (Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Special Effects)(Poetry Talk); and STORMTROOPER STORIES (Scenic Painter and Costume Designer) (Public House Theatre). In her spare free time, Oriana enjoys biking, drinking beer, and eating tacos. She thanks her dad, Tom, for his never ending patience for all the playlists she has yet to curate and the deliveries of New Glarus with his visits.
Get to know Oriana!
TCTP: Jonathan Larson also wrote RENT. What’s your go to RENT song to belt when you’re alone?
OD: Call me a non-believer, but I strongly dislike RENT. I never pass up an opportunity to belt along to “Hamilton” with Dear Theodosia being a personal favorite.
TCTP: The main conflict of the show is dealing with not accomplishing what you thought you would. Have you ever struggled with that?
OD: I struggle with this hourly. I think when you’re in school you set up these expectations for yourself; there was a lot of “by the time I’m 25 I’ll be working full time as a lighting designer” or “in a perfect world I’d be lighting nothing but dance pieces.” Sadly, that is not how my life has panned out so far (that’s not to say it can’t happen, though.) I don’t think social media has made this struggle any easier to cope with.
TCTP: What’s your favorite lyric in the show?
OD: “Why do we stay with lovers we know down deep just aren’t right?”
TCTP: Susan doesn’t love being a dance teacher and John doesn’t love working at a diner, while Michael eventually gave up the arts for corporate America. What’s your relationship with your survival job?
OD: Well….it’s a day job. It’s how I make rent and pay my bills. It’s nice to not have to worry about where my next paycheck is coming from, but I wouldn’t mind exploring other career opportunities should they present themselves.
TCTP: Jon is ashamed of his Twinkie obsession. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?
OD: Cheesy Totino’s Pizza Rolls and “The Vampire Diaries.”
Come see Oriana's work in TICK, TICK...BOOM!, running November 17 - December 16 at Prop Thtr.
Get Tickets Here: https://dime.io/events/tick-tick-boom