Founded by Mira Kingsley, the Yes Tigers are a Los Angeles-based dance theater collective that create original productions drawn from ancient myths and current events. The Tigers are multidisciplinary artists with diverse cultural and aesthetic perspectives. Together they create contemporary rituals to explore attitudes toward community, self and belief. Inspired by the human body and drawing from a spectrum of materials including, sound scores, original text, video, and puppetry, the Yes Tigers craft performances noted for visual poetry, shifts in scale and playful approach to storytelling.

The Yes Tigers have created and toured nationally and internationally four original full-length shows, The Circle Course, Yes is a long time, Oh My Tiger and Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. They have received grants from USArtists International, California Institute of the Arts, the University of California Santa Barbara, CHIME, The Interdiciplinary Humanities Center, and the University of California Los Angeles. Currently, they are developing a new piece based on the Noh play, Hagoromo.

Tiger Bios

MIRA KINGSLEY (Director, Choreographer)
Mira isa dance/theater artist dedicated to creating big-hearted theatrical events. She is a founding member of Yes Tiger Collective a Los Angeles based interdisciplinary arts collective and a founding member of Choreographers Working Group (CWG),a collective whose research experiments with the role of peer mentorship and improvisation in choreography, cwgspace.org.

Mira’s directingand choreographywork has been seen in LA at REDCAT (A Counter Point for Tolerance: AH!, Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary, Circle Course, Remember Repeat), The 24th Street Theater, The Bootleg Theater, and various works at Highways.

In NYC at venues including The Bam Next Wave Festival, The Kitchen, The Guggenheim Museum Works in Process Series, HERE, Joyce Soho, HERE, and the legendary Apollo Theater.

Nationally and Internationally at venues including The JVC Jazz Festival, The Seattle International Children’s Festival, The Yard, The Epic Center’s Wellspring Theater, The Two River Theater Company, The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, The Kathmandu International Theatre Festival and The Yamchao International Theater Festival in Thailand.

As a performer she has been seen at venues including Broadway (The Roundabout Theatre Company), The 2010 Whitney Biennial, various houses Off-Broadway, Carnegie Hall, The HBO Aspen Comedy Festival, BAM’s Next Wave Festival, Avery Fisher Hall, The Joseph Papp Public Theatre, The New York Stage and Film Festival, The Kitchen, The Folger Shakespeare Theatre, The 92nd Street Y, Joyce SoHo, PS 122, REDCAT, The Yard, and numerous productions during her five years as a dancer with The Metropolitan Opera Ballet.

Among other grants she is a recipient of a 2004-2007 Jacob K Javits Fellowship in theater as well as a 2010 CHIME grant for her collaboration with choreographer Victoria Marks. Mira holds MFAs in Choreography and Theater Direction from the California Institute of the Arts, and has completed extensive studies in Buddhism. She currently serves as a tenured Professor of Dance at the University of California Santa Barbara, and also leads seminars in kinesthetic empathy for the Graduate Theater Program at California Institute of the Arts. In addition, Mira is a regular teacher and resident Spiritual Advisor at the Mahasukha Center i nLos Angeles. She teaches Buddhism and arts as a spiritual practice around the world.

To read more about her work, download audio and see a current event schedule please visit: www.theskydancer.org

SIBYL O’MALLEY (Playwright)
Sibyl is a Los-Angeles based playwright and a founding member of Yes Tiger Collective. Humor, visual poetry and spectacle are hallmarks of her work. She looks for opportunities to write plays for specific places and people or occasions. She has been commissioned to write plays for high schools students, dance companies, public parks, people and puppets. Recent credits include Yes is a long time (Santa Barbara Dance Theater),  Zoophilic Follies (RedCat), Ten Seconds in the Water (East LA Rep), Oh My Tiger (Highways Performance Space),  Alice and the Majestic Guts (Toy Theater Festival/ Walt Disney Concert Hall) and Full Tilt Float (RedCat, Plaza de la Raza). Sibyl won a merit scholarship to CalArts, a MacDowell Residence, the Altvator Fellowship with Cornerstone Theater Company and has been commissioned by the Community Arts Partnership and Center Theater Group.

As the Communications Director for the California Alliance for arts Education, Sibyl works to educate policymakers and the public about the benefits of arts in public education. She recently joined Center Theater Group’s Student Ambassadors program as a mentor for the student advocacy team.

COLBERT S. DAVIS (Sound Design)
Colbert is a founding member of Yes Tiger Collective and has been designing professionally for the theater since 2000. His work has been heard throughout the United States Major designs include: The Adding Machine for the La Jolla Playhouse Fat Pig for the Geffen Playhouse, Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary and Richard Foreman’s What to Wear for the Center for New Performance, Cornerstone Theater’s Demeter in the City, Brother for the Yale Repertory Theater, My Way at The Actors Theater of Lousiville, Lively Lad, and Bakeoff for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. Recently in Los Angeles the new musical Blue Dove.  Colbert holds an MFA in sound design from The California Institute of the Arts.

DAN EVANS (Scenic Design)
Dan is a founding member of Yes Tiger Collective. Theatre projects include: scenic design for A Family Affair (University of Rochester); projection design for Don Giovanni (Utah Opera); CalArts Center for New Performance’s Daughter of a Cuban Revolutionary (REDCAT–L.A., DR2–NYC); Big Baby, The Cantata for Acquiescence, and Tanya Tanya (CalArts). His collaborations with Heidi Duckler’s Collage Dance Theatre in L.A. include Sleeping with the Ambassador, Cover Story, Most Wanted, and La Brea Woman. Since 2008, Dan has designed motion graphics and projection design for the Sundance Film Festival. Dan’s work has been recognized and awarded by The Society for Environmental Graphic Design, The Lester Horton Dance Awards, Time Magazine, and The James Beard Foundation. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design at the University of Utah.

PABLO N. MOLINA (Lighting Design)
Pablo N. Molina is a founding member of the Yes Tiger Collective. He is a video, lighting and sound artist whose design work and custom software development practice makes use of emerging technologies such as architectural projection mapping, live feeds and digital video delays, real-time data gathering, and sophisticated digital processing to create immersive media environments. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions as well as theatrical, music, and dance pieces at venues such as the Hamburg Operettenhaus, Sundance Film Festival, OSF, RedCat, BAM Next Wave, TED, The Whitney Museum, EMPAC, Microsoft, Philadelphia Live Arts, Beta Level, 3LD, LACE, The Wexner Center, LACMA, PICA, among many others. Pablo is responsible for the video design of Rocky Das Musical, a new broadway-bound show directed by Alex Timbers and co-produced by Sylvester Stallone. As a principal artist in the Los Angeles based interdisciplinary performance lab Early Morning Opera (EMO), he provided the video and scenic design for their seminal work Abacus. Pablo teaches workshops and master classes on current and emerging trends in video design and the use of custom software for live performance. He helped establish the MFA in Video for Performance at the CalArts School of Theater, where he serves on the faculty and teaches video design, content creation, interactive installation practice, and custom media software development.

Antonio, a founding member of the Yes Tiger collective, recently completed Apollo to The Moon, a one-man show at the Honolulu Theater for Youth. Yes is a long time is Antonio’s fourth collaboration with Mira Kinglsey. He received his BA from Cornell University and MFA in Acting at The California Institute of the Arts. While at CalArts, he worked with noted Mac Arthur Genius Grant winners Luis Alfaro and Richard Foreman, for whom he was selected to act in the world premiere opera What to Wear at REDCAT in the Walt Disney Concert Hall. As a teaching artist Antonio searches for ways to bring theatre arts to under served communities.

Darius Mannino is an actor, puppeteer, and director dedicated to the creation of new, original, ensemble driven theatrical works. Performance credits include Who’s Hungry: Santa Monica (Highways Performance Space); trembler.SHIFTER (REDCAT); Disfarmer (St. Ann’s Warehouse, New York; MASS MoCA and Institute for Contemporary Art, Massachusetts); Oh My Tiger and Ocean Flight (Highways Performance Space); Circle Course (REDCAT and Kathmandu International Theatre Festival, Nepal); Mycenaean (BAM Next Wave Festival); Invisible Glass (REDCAT); Moby Dick and Short Stories (Perseverance Theatre, Alaska). Recent directing credits include distancedisplacement (Ishyo Arts Center, Rwanda).  Darius is an M.F.A. graduate of the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts).