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Tanya Saracho

Fall 2007
Institute/Goodman Theatre Fellow
Chicago, IL

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Tanya Saracho was born in Sinaloa, México. She's a playwright, director, and actor -- as well as a TV writer for the upcoming Lifetime series, "Devious Maids." Named “Best New Playwright of 2010” by Chicago Magazine, Saracho is a new ensemble member at the Tony Award winning Victory Gardens Theater, a resident playwright emerita at Chicago Dramatists, a Goodman Theatre Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media at Columbia College Chicago, the founder of the Ñ Project, the producer and director of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theater Artists) and founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Luna: Chicago’s All-Latina Theater.

PRODUCED AT:  Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater.

PLAYS INCLUDE: The Tenth Muse, Song for the Disappeared, Enfrascada; El Nogalar (inspired by The Cherry Orchard); an adaptation of The House on Mango Street for Steppenwolf; Our Lady of the Underpass ; Surface Day; Jarred (A Hoodoo Comedy); Kita y Fernanda, and Quita Mitos.

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.

NEW WORK DEVELOPED AT: Sundance Theater Lab 2012, Hedgebrook Women's Playwright's Festival 2012, Ucross/Sundance 2011, Martha's Vineyard Arts Project 2011, Superlab with Clubbed Thumb/Playwrights Horizon, Ignition Festival at Victory Gardens, Latino Mixfest at Atlantic Theater, and XYZ Fest at About Face 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. Tanya is currently working on two Mellon Foundation commissions for Steppenwolf Theatre, an adaptation of a Sor Juana Inez de la Cruz play for Oregon Shakespeare Festival which will premier in July of 2013, and a historical fiction about a transgendered civil war soldier titled The Good Private for About Face Theatre.

COMMISSIONS:  Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theatre, About Face Theater, Teatro Vista, Denver Theater Center. Tanya is a proud member of SAG/AFTRA, and a new member of the Writer's Guild.


Saracho received an Institute/Goodman Theatre Fellowship to support the development of her new work.


Saracho just finished her first season as a TV writer in Marc Cherry's new series, "Devious Maids." She is finishing a residency at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival before starting rehearsals for her commission, The Tenth Muse, inspired by the lost writings of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz.  Her play, Song for the Disappeared (a Goodman commission) received a workshop production at the Goodman Theater's New Stages Festival in December of 2012 and she is a member of this season's Center Theater Group's writer's workshop.  Saracho continues work on her Steppewolf, Denver Theatre Center and About Face commissions, along with her dedcation to the organization she founded, The Alliance of Latino Theater Artists (www.altachicago.org) which provide access and development opportunities to Chicago-area Latino-identified theatre artists. 

For more information visit: www.tanyasaracho.com