Former Leaders, Major Supporters, and Ongoing Advisors
Tanya Saracho, Co-Founder
Tanya Saracho was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México. She was a long time member of the Chicago Theatre community and is the co-founder of ALTA (Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists). Saracho is a playwright and Television Writer who's worked on "How To Get Away With Murder," HBO's "Looking," and "Girls," as well as "Devious Maids." Currently, Tanya serves as Creator/Showrunner/EP for an upcoming Latinx-centered half-hour comedy on Starz. Named "Best New Playwright" by Chicago Magazine, she has had plays produced at: Primary Stages in NYC, 2nd Stage in NYC, Denver Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Theaterworks (CT), 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 co-founder of Teatro Luna and is currently in development with Big Beach Films and under commission with: South Coast Repertory Theatre and Two Rivers Theatre. Tanya is a proud SAG/AFTRA actor who misses Chicago every day.
Ricardo Gutierrez, Co-Founder
Ricardo is the Executive Artistic Director of Teatro Vista where he has directed A View From The Bridge, Momma’s Boyz, i put the fear of mexico in’em, and La Magica Posada. Gutierrez has served as the Artistic Director of Nostotros in Los Angeles, The Canterbury Theatre in Indiana, and Absolute Shakespeare in Chicago.
Regionally, Ricardo has guest directed at Theatre 40, Nosotros, the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, The Double Image Theatre, Loyola University and the University of Texas Pan Am. Gutierrez is the co-founder and Director of the Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists Chicago (ALTAchicago), a service organization dedicated to promoting and fostering Latino/a theatre artists in Chicago.
As a producer, he has hired, supervised and evaluated artistic personnel for over one hundred theatrical productions.
As an actor, Gutierrez most recently appeared in the world premiere of The Upstairs Concierge at the Goodman Theatre where he was also recently seen in the world premieres of Song For The Disappeared and Fishmen. Gutierrez has appeared on stage at the Actors Theatre in Louisville, The Denver Center Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and at Lookingglass Theatre. He can be seen in the USA television show, Sirens.