About the NEA

Diane Rodriguez

Los Angeles, CA

For 21 years, Rodriguez has been on the staff of the Center Theatre Group (CTG) which produces works on three stages; the Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. In her current job as in her previous positions as associate producer/director of New Play Production and co-director of the Latino Theatre Initiative, Rodriguez helped increase the diversity of voices on CTG stages and promoted the development of a new generation of playwrights.

Rodriguez co-founded the theater ensemble Latins Anonymous whose two-play anthology, Latins Anonymous is in its 16th printing. Her latest play, The Sweetheart Deal will be co-produced by the Latino Theatre Company and El Teatro Campesino in 2017 in Los Angeles.

In 2008, Rodriguez joined the board of directors for Theatre Communications Group (TCG) the national service organization for professional theaters in the United States. Now in her third year as chairman of the TCG board, she plays a leadership role in setting the national agenda for the theater field. In addition, she is on the steering committee for the Latina/o Theatre Commons, an initiative of Howl Round, that helps shape the landscape for Latino theater nationwide through convenings, play festivals, and advocacy.

Rodriguez’s early work at CTG is documented in the recent monograph, The Latino Theatre Initiative/Center Theatre Group Papers, 1995 – 2005 (UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center). She has contributed to many literary anthologies including La Voz Latina: Contemporary Plays and Performance Pieces by Latinas by Elizabeth C. Ramirez and Catherine Casiano (University of Illinois Press, 2011). Her work has been the focus of three books: Domestic Negotiations: Gender, Nation, and Self-Fashioning in US Mexicana and Chicana Literature and Art by Marci McMahon (Rutgers University Press, 2013); Chicano Drama: Performance, Society and Myth by Jorge Huerta (Cambridge University Press, 2000); and El Teatro Campesino: Theater in the Chicano Movement by Yolanda Broyles-Gonzalez (University of Texas Press, 1994).