Last week, President Barak Obama announced his intent to nominate the several individuals to key Administration posts, including Diane Rodriguez as a member of the National Council on the Arts.
Diane Rodriguez is Associate Artistic Director at Center Theater Group in Los Angeles, where she has held various positions since 1995. She was Associate Producer and Director of New Play Production from 2005 to 2014, and was Director and Resident Artist of the Latino Theatre Initiative from 1995 to 2005. Ms. Rodriguez was also an Artistic Associate at the Cornerstone Theater Company from 1999 to 2005.
She is a Co-Founder of two theatre companies, Latins Anonymous and El Teatro de la Esperanza (Theatre of Hope). Ms. Rodriguez was a leading actress for the Chicano theatre company,El Teatro Campesino (Theatre of the Farmworkers) from 1973 to 1984. In 2007, she won an OBIE Award for playing multiple roles in "Tale of Two Cities: an American Joyride on Multiple Tracks." She is the current President of the Theatre Communications Group Board of Directors. Ms. Rodriguez received a B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
She was also the guest speaker at the Department of Theater/Dance's Kick Off event in the fall of 2014.