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Tanya Saracho

Birth Place: Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico

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Tanya Saracho was born in Sinaloa, México. Named “Best New Playwright of 2010” by Chicago Magazine, she is a resident playwright emerita at Chicago Dramatists, a Goodman Theatre Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago, the founder of the Ñ Project and founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Luna: Chicago’s All-Latina Theater. Saracho is a winner of the Ofner Prize given by the Goodman Theater, a recipient of an NEA Distinguished New Play Development Project Grant with About Face Theatre and a 3Arts Artists Award. Saracho was named one of nine national Latino “Luminarios” by Café magazine and given the first “Revolucionario” Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art. Her plays include Enfrascada; El Nogalar, inspired by The Cherry Orchard (Goodman Theatre/Teatro Vista commission); an adaptation of The House on Mango Street (Steppenwolf commision); Our Lady of the Underpass (Goodman Commission); Surface Day (Steppenwolf/CCHF Commission); Jarred (A Hoodoo Comedy) (Teatro Luna Commission); Kita y Fernanda, and Quita Mitos.Tanya is currently working on two Mellon Foundation commissions for Steppenwolf Theatre, a Goodman theater commission, an adaptation of a Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz play for Oregon Shakespeare Festival which will premier in the 2013 season , and a historical fiction about a transgendered civil war soldier titled The Good Private for About Face Theatre. Directing/Co-Directing credits include: No Roosters In The Desert, Jarred, Lunatic(a)s, S-E-X-Oh!, Maria Chronicles, Generic Latina, SOLO Latinas, SOLO Tu y Dejame Contarte. Tanya is a proud Chicago working actor and a long time member of SAG/AFTRA.

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Celebration Arts Presents BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK, June 2- 25

Celebration Arts continues its 2023 Season with its third production, BY THE WAY, MEET VERA STARK, written by Lynn Nottage.

Initial Casts Set for SUMMERWORKS at Clubbed Thumb - Featuring Three New Plays

Clubbed Thumb has announced initial casting for the 26th SUMMERWORKS festival of new plays. Learn how to purchase tickets!

PlayCo's LUNCH BUNCH Extended Through Late April

PlayCo has extended Sarah Einspanier’s Lunch Bunch, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad and presented with Clubbed Thumb.

Complete Programming Set for Clubbed Thumb's 2023 SUMMERWORKS

Clubbed Thumb has announced the complete line-up for the 26th SUMMERWORKS festival of new plays. SUMMERWORKS will run May 18 – July 1, 2023 at The Wild Project.

Dominic Colón & Roger Q. Mason to Star in THE PINK Developmental Reading at 59E59 Theaters

Casting has been announced for the developmental reading of THE PINK by acclaimed Black Filipinx playwright and Kilroys List honoree Roger Q. Mason, presented by Breaking the Binary Theatre in association with Primary Stages as part of the Creative Access Grant Reading Series with Primary Stages.

Judy Gold to be Joined by Sandra Bernhard, BD Wong & More for Talkbacks at YES, I CAN SAY THAT!

PRIMARY STAGES and 59E59 Theaters, in association with Jamie deRoy, will present talkbacks for Judy Gold in Yes, I Can Say That! by Judy Gold.

Roger Q. Mason's THE PINK to Receive Reading with Primary Stages This Spring

Acclaimed Black Filipinx playwright and Kilroys List honoree Roger Q. Mason will receive a developmental reading of their new play THE PINK with Primary Stages as part of their Creative Access Grant Reading Series.

Louisa Jacobson, Ugo Chukwu & More to Star in Sarah Einspanier's LUNCH BUNCH at PlayCo & Clubbed Thumb

PlayCo has announced the cast and creative team of Sarah Einspanier’s Lunch Bunch, a playful comedy surrounding a group of public defenders’ occasionally outsized emotional investment in the meals they share, directed by Tara Ahmadinejad and presented with Clubbed Thumb.

DCPA Theatre Company Announces Playwrights For The 17th Annual Colorado New Play Summit

The DCPA Theatre Company has announced playwrights, dates, and details for the 2023 Colorado New Play Summit. The 17th annual festival will take place over one weekend on February 25-26, and feature readings of new plays by Jake Brasch, Vincent Terrell Durham, Christina Pumariega, and Sandy Rustin. 

The National Theatre Conference Announces 2022 Award Recipients

The National Theatre Conference is honoring new and long-time organizations and individuals who affect and inspire the field, and has named the recipients of its 2022 awards.

Olney Theatre Center Names Hallie Gordon As Senior Associate Artistic Director And Pope Jackson As Director Of Production

Olney Theatre Center announced it has hired Hallie Gordon as Senior Associate Artistic Director and T. Pope Jackson as Director of Production. Gordon takes up her duties as of November 15, and comes directly from Kansas City Repertory Theatre where she was most recently Director of Artistic Development.

Special Offer: FADE at RRUUC Building

Special Offer: Catch Fade by Tanya Saracho at Unexpected Stage. Unexpected Stage Company will present Fade, directed by Dylan Arredondo, featuring Michael Burgos and Camila Calderon, October 20 - November 1.

Review: FADE at Unexpected Stage Company

Before she became creator and show runner for the well-received three-season premium cable series 'Vida,' the playwright Tanya Saracho spent some time as a staffer in various TV writers' rooms, from HBO's 'Girls' and 'Looking' to ABC's 'How to Get Away with Murder.'

Sierra Boggess, Derrick Davis and Julie Halston Join Primary Stages 38th Anniversary Gala

Primary Stages has announced additional performers for their 38th Anniversary Gala, honoring long-time collaborators Charles Busch and Carl Andress (The Confession of Lily Dare; The Tribute Artist) with the 2022 Einhorn Mentorship Award. The event will take place on Tuesday November 15, 2022, at 6pm at Sony Hall 

Roger Q. Mason's THE PINK to Receive Reading with Primary Stages in November

Acclaimed Black Filipinx playwright and Kilroys List honoree Roger Q. Mason will receive a developmental reading of their new play THE PINK with Primary Stages as part of their Creative Access Grant Reading Series. The reading will take place on Friday, November 4 at 3pm at 59E59 Theaters.

Riverside's National Theatre of Parramatta Announces 2023 Season

Following on from acclaimed hits such as Guards on the Taj in a successful 2022 season, Riverside’s National Theatre of Parramatta (NTofP) announces an even bigger and bolder program of work for 2023. A season of empowerment and place, of finding the voice within, and reclaiming identities, next year’s line-up turns up the volume with internationally acclaimed work, sitting alongside the talent and brilliance of Western Sydney creatives. 

Primary Stages to Present PEERLESS Events and Creative Access Grant Readings

PRIMARY STAGES will present additional programming for their Fall 2022 season, including readings, panels and talkbacks for their fall production peerless and the Creative Access Grant Recipients Reading Series.  

San Francisco Playhouse to Present AS YOU LIKE IT Musical Beginning in November

San Francisco Playhouse will continue its 20th Anniversary season with the imaginative and exhilarating hit musical adaptation of William Shakespeare's As You Like It. Helmed by San Francisco Playhouse's Artistic Director Bill English with music direction by Dave Dobrusky and choreography by Nicole Helfer, As You Like It will perform November 17, 2022 – January 14, 2023.

Carl Andress and Charles Busch to be Honored at Primary Stages 38th Anniversary Gala

PRIMARY STAGES' 38th Anniversary Gala will honor long-time collaborators Charles Busch and Carl Andress (The Confession of Lily Dare; The Tribute Artist) with the 2022 Einhorn Mentorship Award. The event will take place on Tuesday November 15, 2022, at 6pm at Sony Hall.

Unexpected Stage Company Presents Tanya Saracho's FADE Next Month

As part of its thirteenth season, Unexpected Stage Company presents Fade by Tanya Saracho (How To Get Away With Murder, Looking), directed by Dylan Arredondo (Parlor Games, Chushingura).


Tanya Saracho has written 1 shows including Fade (Author).

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