Former Leaders, Major Supporters, and Ongoing Advisors
Tanya Saracho was born in Sinaloa, México. She is a playwright and Television Writer who's worked on "How To Get Away With Murder," and HBO's "Looking," among other shows. Currently, she serves as the creator and showrunner of the upcoming series “VIDA” on Starz. She is also developing a television series called”Brujas” with Big Beach, which deals with the intersection between Brujería culture and Feminism. Named "Best New Playwright" by Chicago Magazine, Saracho has had plays produced at: Dallas Theatre Center, Victory Gardens Theatre, Theatreworks, Primary Stages and 2nd Stage in NYC, Denver Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater. 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. She is the founder of Teatro Luna ( all-Latina Theatre Company) as well as the founder of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists). She is currently under commission with: South Coast RepertoryTheatre and Two River Theatre.
Ricardo Gutierrez is the Executive Artistic Director of Teatro Vista where he recently directed The Wolf At The End of the Block. Other Teatro Vista directing credits include In The Time of the Butterflies, Between You, Me and The Lampshade, A View From The Bridge, Momma’s Boyz, i put the fear of mexico in’em, and La Magica Posada. Gutierrez served as the artistic director of Nosotros in Los Angeles and The Canterbury Theatre in Indiana. He is the co-founder of the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists Chicago (ALTAchicago) a service organization dedicated to promoting and fostering Latinx theatre artists in Chicago. As an actor, Gutierrez most recently appeared in Ah Wilderness and Destiny of Desire at The Goodman. Other acting credits include In The Heights at The Paramount, the world premieres of Song For The Disappeared and Fish Men at The Goodman Gutierrez has appeared on stage at the Actors Theatre in Louisville, The Denver Center Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens and Lookingglass Theatre. Recent television credits include Chicago PD, Sirens and Boss.
Former Producer and Leader
Jo Ann Flores-Deter
Though her primary focus is concentrated in Stage Managing and Makeup Design, Jo has worn many hats throughout her career in live theatre production. Some of her credits include: SXF Assistant Makeup Artist for Baldwin Brothers and Sarai music video; Makeup and Hair Stylist to Tovah Feldshuh (for press interviews); Production Stage Manager for Barenaked Lads in the Great Outdoors and Shout! The Mod Musical; Stage Manager for The History Boys and Lunatic(a)s; Touring Stage Manager for multiple Nuns4Fun productions. Sine 2011, Jo has served the Latinx community of Chicago as an Associate for Events and was the Co-Marketing Director with ALTA.