Playwright, Award Winner
Who is Ralph Peña?
Ralph B. Peña is a founding member and the current artistic director of Ma-Yi Theater Company, an Obie Award and Drama Desk winning Asian American theatre group based in New York City. As a playwright, his works include Flipzoids, Project: Balangiga, This End Up, and Loose Leaf Bindings. He received an Obie Award for his work on The Romance of Magno Rubio. Recent directing credits include Lloyd Suh's "The Wong Kids in the Secret of the Space Chupacabra Go!, Michael Lew's Microcrisis, Lloyd Suh's Children of Vonderly, and Nicky Paraiso's House/Boy for LaMama ETC, and the Singapore and Dublin Theater Festivals.
Ralph was born in Manila, the Philippines, to Alfonso S. Peña, and Josephine D. Bayron. He spent his younger years in Manila, and California, before moving permanently to the U.S. in 1984. During his time in the Philippine, Ralph helped found a street performance company called Bodabil, later renamed Peryante. The group, led by Chris Millado used vaudeville as a form of protest theater against the Marcos dictatorship.