Tanya Saracho was born in Sinaloa, México and moved to Texas in the late 80s. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Teatro Vista, a Goodman Theater Fellow at the Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Media, an artistic associate with AboutFace Theater, and the co-founder and former artistic director of Teatro Luna. She is also the recipient of the Ofner Prize given by the Goodman Theatre as well as a 3Arts Artists Award.
One State Together in the Arts is a biannual conference, co-presented by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois Arts Council and made possible by generous support from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency; the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; and the Joyce Foundation. One State Together In The Arts enables state-wide arts educators, practitioners, organizers and administrators to come together to share new ideas, fresh perspectives, build networks and be inspired by the work that is being made throughout Illinois. On May 23 - 24th, 2011 the conference was held in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, featuring ten speakers across all of the arts disciplines who each personify or inspire a Creative Breakthrough. Their presentations are available online courtesy of the Arts Alliance Illinois.