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Goodman Theatre hosts Delgado for a year-long residency to develop her new play Para Mis Madres

 

Chicago, IL – Goodman Theatre announced that it will host Chicago-based actress Sandra Delgado this season as a 2011 Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellow, awarded by The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG). As a recipient of the Foundation’s $15,000 fellowship, Delgado will embark on a year of international training and study in support of her new work, para mis Madres. As host theater, the Goodman arranges training and study for Delgado with other theaters in the United States and abroad, and provides rehearsal space and dramaturgical support as she creates and develops para mis Madres.

“I am honored and thrilled to receive this fellowship from the Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group, and to deepen my relationship with the Goodman—a theater that has been supportive of my work for many years,” said Sandra Delgado. “This extraordinary program will provide me the opportunity to learn new theater-making techniques, broaden my artistic palette and provide an essential international perspective on my work.”

During the next year Delgado will immerse herself in an intense study of actor-generated and interview-based theater making techniques to create an original show, para mis Madres. She will observe the work of The Civilians and Tectonic Theatre Project in the US and Marta Carrasco in Spain. Delgado will also train in physical theater with Philadelphia’s Pig Iron and New York’s SITI Company, and travel to Colombia to conduct interviews for para mis Madres. She will appear as Cecilia in Chicago Boys by Kathleen Tolan (October 27 – November 6, as part of Goodman Theatre’s New Stages Amplified series), and Abby in A Christmas Carol (November 18 – December 31). Tickets are available at GoodmanTheatre.org.

“It’s thrilling to watch Sandra develop as an actress, at the Goodman, Collaboraction and other theaters in Chicago,” said Goodman Theatre Artistic Director Robert Falls. “She is an actor of extraordinary skill who has accumulated an impressive body of work in a short amount of time. I’m happy to lend the support of the Goodman to further her artistic development.”

Delgado’s work at the Goodman includes the world premiere of El Nogalar by Tanya Saracho. Her original work, para Carmen, was part of the Goodman’s 2010 Latino Theatre Festival. Other credits include El Grito del Bronx (a coproduction with Collaboraction and Teatro Vista), Massacre (Sing to Your Children) (a co-production with Teatro Vista), Mariela in the Desert, Electricidad, Zoot Suit and A Christmas Carol. Her Teatro Vista credits include Dreamlandia; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and Two Sisters and a Piano (co-production with Apple Tree Theatre). Additional Chicago credits include The House on Mango Street, Sonia Flew, Words on Fire and Whispering City—Chicago Ghost Stories at Steppenwolf Theatre Company; Anna in the Tropics at Victory Gardens Theater; Summertime at Lookingglass Theatre Company; Undone at About Face Theatre; and Guinea Pig Solo, Refuge and Casanova with Collaboraction. Delgado’s off-Broadway credits include points of departure at INTAR Theatre, and regionally, she has appeared in Ground and Wit at Actors Theatre of Louisville and The Winter’s Tale at Missouri Repertory Theatre. Her television credits include Law & Order: SVU on NBC and the pilot Powers on FX. She is a founding member of Collaboraction, an ensemble member and former Associate Artistic Director of Teatro Vista and a TCG Young Leader of Color.

“The Fox Foundation is extremely appreciative of its long-term collaboration with TCG—created to further develop actors that have a serious commitment to theatre,” said Robert P. Warren, President of the Fox Foundation. “This fellowship has been successful in advancing the careers of actors by providing meaningful opportunities for them to enhance their craft.” The fellowship is designed to support actors’ professional and artistic development, to enrich relationships between actors and not-for-profit theaters and to ensure continued professional commitment to live theater. Funded by the Fox Foundation and administered by TCG, the fellowship is one of only a few programs of its kind for actors in the country. Delgado—alongside Maria Dizzia (hosted by Yale Repertory Theatre) and Miriam Silverman (hosted The Shakespeare Theatre Company in Washington, DC)—receives the Foundation’s “Extraordinary Potential” fellowship, awarded to early- to mid-career actors, who have demonstrated a commitment to continued training; each receive $15,000, with up to an additional $10,000 to relieve student loans. Peter Howard (hosted by Cornerstone Theater Company) and John Douglas Thompson (hosted y Theatre for a New Audience) receive the $25,000 “Distinguished Achievement” fellowship. The host theaters also receive $7,500 in support of the residencies.

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