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Olga Sanchez Saltveit

Actor, director, writer, and scholar-in-training, Olga Sanchez serves as Artistic Director Emerita of Milagro, the NW’s premier Latino arts & culture organization. A founding member of Los Porteños writers’ group, her work has been published by Electrik Milkbath Press, Rio Grande Press and Rain City Projects; she penned a column on local Latino arts and culture for El Hispanic News, Oregon’s bilingual newspaper from 2012 to 2015. ¡O Romeo!, which she conceived, co-wrote & directed, received the 2015 Drammy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Devised Work. She is currently serving as dramaturge for the University of Oregon’s New Voicesproductions and Milagro’s Óye Oyá, a new musical based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, set in Cuba as its relationship with the US transforms. Originally from New York City, Olga served as People’s Playhouse Co-Artistic Director. In Seattle, she served as a co-founder and Artistic Director of Seattle Teatro Latino, for which she wrote and directed several pieces celebrating the beauty of Latino cultural heritage. She serves on the Steering Committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon.Actor, director, writer, and scholar-in-training, Olga Sanchez serves as Artistic Director Emerita of Milagro, the NW’s premier Latino arts & culture organization. A founding member of Los Porteños writers’ group, her work has been published by Electrik Milkbath Press, Rio Grande Press and Rain City Projects; she penned a column on local Latino arts and culture for El Hispanic News, Oregon’s bilingual newspaper from 2012 to 2015. ¡O Romeo!, which she conceived, co-wrote & directed, received the 2015 Drammy Award for Outstanding Achievement in Devised Work. Her bilingual play on youth prostitution, Broken Promises, is Teatro Milagro’s 2016 national touring production. She is currently serving as dramaturge for Milagro’s Óye Oyá, a new musical based on Shakespeare’s The Tempest, set in Cuba as its relationship with the US transforms. Originally from New York City, Olga served as People’s Playhouse Co-Artistic Director. In Seattle, she served as a co-founder and Artistic Director of Seattle Teatro Latino, for which she wrote and directed several pieces celebrating the beauty of Latino cultural heritage. She serves on the Steering Committee for the Latina/o Theatre Commons, and is pursuing a Ph.D. in Theatre Arts at the University of Oregon.

Estamos Juntos / We are Together
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Estamos Juntos / We are Together

Report-Outs from the Latinx Theatre Commons International Convening

20 November 2017

Olga Sanchez reflects on Day Four of the Encuentro de las Américas International Convening on 12 November, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Ignited
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Ignited

El Payaso in Flint

2 February 2017

Olga Sanchez on the writing and production process of El Payaso by Emilio Rodriguez at Milagro Theatre in Portland, OR.

Introducing Ignited
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Introducing Ignited

Communiques from the LTC’s El Fuego initiative

24 October 2016

Irma Mayorga and Olga Sanchez introduce a new initiative from the Latina/o Theatre Commons championing scholarship around new Latinx plays.

Carnaval 2015
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Carnaval 2015

Day 2

25 July 2015

Olga Sanchez reports on Carnaval 2015, Day 2, sharing summaries of conversations and the three readings of the day.

Crossing Borders
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Crossing Borders

A Tijuana Encuentro

21 July 2014

In this second installment, Olga Sanchez discusses the act of physically and metaphorically crossing borders at the 2014 TCG Conference.

Ignited
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Ignited

Ignited is an occasional series that delivers on-the-ground communiques from the Latinx Theatre Commons’ (LTC) El Fuego initiative.