Born and raised in East LA. His work as a scenic designer has been recognized across the United States and Europe. Has designed with notable companies such as Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Pasadena Playhouse, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, The Acting Company, BAM Harvey, The Getty Villa, CalArts’ Center for New Performance, Mixed Blood and Hartford Stage. He also collaborated with many directors including Dámaso Rodriguez, Diane Rodriguez, Jessica Kubzansky, Karin Coonrod, Melanie Joseph, Casey Biggs, Mark Valdez, Nataki Garrett, Larry Biederman, Jonathan Walters, Jesse Bonnell, Travis Preston, and Carl Hancock Rux. His international work includes Laude in Urbis in Italy, Moonshine & Peepshow at the Edinburgh Festival and Flamingo/Winnebago in Novi Sad, Serbia. Efren is a graduate of the University of California Irvine with a BFA in Studio Arts and holds an MFA from California Institute of the Arts in Scenic Design. In June 2010, Efren joined Poor Dog Group as Resident Designer. His designs with Poor Dog Group include Brewsie and Willie, Satyr Atlas, Dionysia, The Internationalist, Murder Ballad, Five Small Fires and Group Therapy. Efren is an Assistant Professor of Scenic Design at Cal State Northridge.