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Milta Ortiz

Milta Ortiz is a playwright raised in the Bay Area, planting roots in Tucson by way of Chicago. As an NNPN Playwright-in-Residence at Borderlands Theater for the 2013/14 season, she wrote and developed Más, which premiered at Borderlands Theater fall 2015. Other plays include 19th Annual A Tucson Pastorela; Disengaged, a TYA play commissioned by Rising Youth Theater and premiered at the Phoenix Center for the Arts in 2014; 18th Annual A Tucson Pastorela; and You, Me and Tuno, a finalist in NYC's Downtown Urban Theater Festival in 2013. Fleeing Blue won the 2012 Wichita State Playwriting Contest and a university production in 2012. Last of the Lilac Roses was a runner-up finalist at Repertorio Español, Nuestra's Voces Play Contest in 2011.

She earned an MFA from Northwestern University's Writing for the Screen and Stage program and a Creative Writing BA from San Francisco State University. She received two City of Oakland Cultural Arts grants and a Zellerbach Family Foundation award to write and perform her solo work in the Bay Area. She's a member of sheworXX theater making collaborative. Milta's day job is Marketing & Outreach Director at Borderlands Theater. She's worked as a teaching artist for over six years and occasionally moonlights as such. She is proud to be mommy to a bubbly toddler.

Collaborating with Community in Barrio Stories
Essay

Collaborating with Community in Barrio Stories

3 June 2016

In this second installment, Milta Ortiz discusses her role as the project’s coordinator, and overviews the production process of Barrio Stories.

Getting Down with Barrio Stories
Essay

Getting Down with Barrio Stories

Introduction

17 March 2016

In this first installment, Milta Ortiz discusses the backstory of Barrio Stories, while playwrights Virginia Grise, Martín Zimmerman, and Elaine Romero talk about their collaboration for this project.

Cafecito
Essay

Cafecito

Milta Ortiz

18 September 2015

Emily Aguilar Thomas interviews Milta Ortiz about the inspiration for her play Más and thoughts on the future of American theatre.

Getting Down with Barrio Stories
Series

Getting Down with Barrio Stories

A series discussing the collaborative and creative process of Barrio Stories.