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Olga Sanchez Saltveit

Director, devisor, writer, actor, and scholar; Artistic Director Emerita, Milagro; Visiting Assistant Professor, Franklin & Marshall College; incoming Assistant Professor, Middlebury College.

Olga was directing the premier of Policarpa by Diana Burbano at F&M when the pandemic shut us down. Recent directorial projects include the reading of December by Marisela Treviño Orta at the Playwrights Center; the US premier of Como Agua para Chocolate at Gala Hispanic Theatre, and Tricks to Inherit, her translation/adaptation of Astucias por herder un sobrino a un tío by Fermín de Reygadas (1789) at UO. Most recent dramaturgy: The Home Planet by Theresa May, Tricks to Inherit, and Oye Oyá by Rebecca Martinez. Her research centers on Latina/o/x theatre of the US. Publications include a critical introduction for Dreamscape by Rickerby Hinds in Encuentro: Latinx Performance for the New American Theater, and “(Afro)Latinx Theatre: Embodiment and Articulation,” published in Label Me Latina/o. A former member of the TCG Board of Directors, Olga currently serves on the Advisory Committee for the Latinx Theatre Commons, a collaborative initiative with HowlRound Theatre Commons. Among her commitments to the LTC, she is co-editor, with Irma Mayorga, of HowlRound's Ignited series, which reports on El Fuego, the initiative to seed the American theatre field with new works by Latinx playwrights. AEA, SAG-AFTRA & SDC.

Call to Action, Academics!
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Call to Action, Academics!

#HigherEdHireArtists

8 June 2020

Olga Sanchez, Juliette Carrillo, Jamie Gahlon, and Armando Huipe issue a call to action: for people currently employed in higher education to leverage their privilege toward maximum paid opportunities for independent artists in the coming academic year.

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 Latinx 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.