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 Director of Membership
Hannah Gomez (she/her/hers) is a Texican actor, administrator, and behavior analyst currently residing in Chicago. Some of her Chicago acting credits include Diana in Lookingglass Theatre’s production of Plantation! under the direction of David Schwimmer, Miss Ortle in Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol, Colleen/Lisa in the Chicago premiere of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play at Theater Wit, Maribel in Rivendell Theatre Ensemble’s Crooked for which she received a nomination for the Equity Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Cha-Cha in American Theater Co.’s The Original Grease which received the Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Musical, and Gaby in 16th Street Theater’s Pinkolandia in collaboration with The Lark Play Development Center.
She was the Director of Membership of The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists in Chicago. In 2016, she helped ALTA launch its new membership program which serves to provide visibility and service access to the Chicago Latinx Theater Community. In 2018, she spear-headed ALTA’s current awards model.
Hannah Gomez was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. She received her bachelor’s in Acting from Illinois State University and her master’s in Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. Her behavioral career has largely focused on improving the lives of children, teens, and adults with Autism. She is passionate about her work in each community, artistic, scientific, and multicultural, from which she receives great growth and fulfillment. Learn more about Hannah at hannahgomez.com .
Former Director of Professional Development
Erica Cruz Kadish Hernandez
Erica Cruz Hernandez (she/her/hers) is a Chicago performer, talent agent, and ensemble member with Chicago’s Spanish speaking Aguijón Theater Company. As a performer, select credits with Aguijón include La Chunga. Querido Voyeur, Antigona, and the bilingual production of Soldaderas at the company’s home theatre here in Chicago, in addition to performances for the Goodman Theatre’s Latino Theatre Festival and the Festival de Mujeres en Escena por la Paz in Bogotá, Colombia. As an agent with Lily’s Talent Agency she has booked talent for numerous commercials and tv shows such as Chicago Fire, Med, PD, Empire and has booked models for print clients such as Coca-Cola, Groupon, Kohls, and Bon-Ton among others. Erica is also a fierce advocate for diversity in the arts.
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.