Other Tiger Productions is the formal partnership between theater artists Ricardo Vázquez and Jessica Huang.
Both Ricardo and Jessica have more than a decade of experience working with and through theater to empower marginalized communities and confront the norms of dominant cultures. As individuals, we have served on boards, worked in non-profit administration and founded and led organizations. We have built relationships with artists and institutions who, inspired by our vision, have sought our advice, our partnership, and our artistic practice of radical inclusion. In May 2015, we formalized our mutual inspiration and practice of collaboration, and Other Tiger Productions was born.
Jessica is a multiracial Chinese American Twin Cities-based playwright and a 2016-17 Playwrights' Center Jerome Fellow. Her play Purple Cloud premiered at Mu Performing Arts in 2015 ("a thoroughly entertaining and moving work" -City Pages), and was nominated to the Kilroy's List in 2014. Her plays have been developed and/or produced in the Twin Cities at Mu Performing Arts, History Theatre and Pillsbury House Theatre, as well as at a sold-out immersive performance along the Green Light Rail Line and at the Minnesota Museum of American Art about civic engagement and public transportation that attracted audiences from as far as Fergus Falls. Nationally, her work has been presented by A-Squared Theatre Workshop (Chicago), 2nd Generation (NYC), the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts (D.C.), and the Source Festival (D.C.), and internationally at Yellow Earth's Typhoon Festival (London). She is a recipient of a 2016 MSAB Cultural Community Partnership grant; a 2014 MRAC Next Step grant and a 2012 Playwrights' Center Many Voices Fellowship.
Ricardo is a Puerto Rican actor/writer, who works as an advisor, artistic associate, and/or board member for various organizations such as Ten Thousand Things, Minnesota Theater Alliance, Park Square Theatre, and the IVEY Awards. An advocate for the Latino community, Ricardo has created Spanish-language adaptations/translations of classic plays and new work. In 2013, Ricardo worked with Park Square to include Mexican migrant workers in the bilingual production Of Mice and Men. The performance played to 4600 students (34% of color) and was revived in 2015. Ricardo has helped develop education/engagement programming for low-income schools and non-traditional audiences in New York and the Twin Cities. He was awarded the 2007 C. Lance Brockman Performance Award, 2012-2013 Jerome Many Voices Fellowship, and received the 2013 Emerging Artist IVEY Award.