Meg Hanna Tominaga
Assistant Professor of Theatre; Interim Technical Director
MFA, University of Hawaii - Mānoa
BA, University of Wisconsin - Green Bay
Meg Hanna Tominaga’s MFA thesis design was the set for the English premiere of the jingju (Beijing Opera) Lady Mu and the Yang Family Generals, directed by Chinese National Living Treasures Lu Genzhang, Zhang Ling, and Zang Xigui. She is a freelance designer with professional experience primarily in scenic, props, and puppetry for theatres in Hawaii, California, and in the Midwest. She has worked for Sony and Nickelodeon Animation Studios as a color stylist, and has worked as production designer on several independent films.
Meg received scholarship from and an honorary membership to the Society for Asian Art in Hawaii, and the Hawai’i State Theatre Council’s Po’Okela Award for Scenic Design for her work on the English/Western premiere of Kishida Rio’s Japanese Avant Garde play Thread Hell.
Other awards include a fellowship at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center National Playwrights' Conference, and the KCACTF Honorable Mention at the National Level for Excellence in Design.She also designed props for The Greeks at The Odyssey Theatre in Los Angeles, which won the LA WEEKLY Production of the Year.
Meg spent ten years in Japan, living and working in Hiroshima, Kyoto, and Kumamoto. She was teaching director for the Kumamoto YMCA Language School for four years. She is slowly but surely working on a book about traditional Japanese puppetry known as bunraku.
Here at Converse, Meg teaches Intro to Theatre, Technical Production, as well as Fundamentals of Design, (Scenic) Design for the Opera, and other Scenic Design-related courses. She is the resident scenic designer for Theatre Converse productions.