DIRECTOR / ACTOR / PRODUCER / WRITER / TEACHING ARTIST
SARA GUERRERO, a Southern California native, is a professional versatile theatre artist whose mission is to model, share, and create theatre-making opportunities for and with her community. A CalArts alum, she has been recognized as one of the “People to Watch” by American Theatre Magazine, and “Best [Artistic] Director” and “Person of Interest” by OC WEEKLY. As the founding artistic director of Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, an award-winning, Santa Ana-based group, she and the ensemble are ARTISTS-IN-RESIDENCE at Grand Central Arts Center of Cal State Fullerton, Ca. Under Guerrero’s leadership, the organization serves as an incubator for underrepresented voices in theater by providing programming and guidance in the art of storytelling.
Guerrero most recently guest lectured and directed for the University of Oklahoma’s 2019-20 season. She wrote and directed "Festival of the Dead," a work celebrating the Day of The Dead, a traditional Mexican Holiday and presented with a 120+ piece symphony at The Segerstrom Music Concert Hall (Costa Mesa) Hall and Meng Music Hall of Cal State Fullerton, She also wrote and directed, in collaboration with journalist - Gustavo Arellano, and conductor - Greg Flores, the play, “Canto de Anaheim. ” The project combined story, the symphony, and new and traditional music; to highlight the Latinx histories and experiences of Anaheim, Ca., Both commissions and productions where presented and through the Pacific Symphony of Orange County.
Additionally, Guerrero is a longtime teaching artist for South Coast Repertory (SCR), and has worked, directed and collaborated with Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Center Theatre Group, Cal State University of Los Angeles, Cal State University of Long Beach, Musco Center, Brown Bag Theatre of UC Irvine, Santa Ana Unified School District (SAUSD), Educational Outreach Program of Los Angeles, Fringe Benefits and many more. Previously, she served as the community engagement director for SCR's Dialogue/Diálogos Project (two -year community theatre -making project) and was producing associate to the project’s production, El Largo Camino de Hoy / The Long Road Today by José Cruz González.
Her directing credits include: Blood Wedding, A. Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre; Atacama, Breath of Fire Live Stream Reading; Fresno, Latino Theater Company Summer on the Spring Reading Festival; The Festival for the Dead, Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall; Canto de Anaheim, Pearson Amphitheatre; Policarpa, TalkBack Theatre; She Kills Monsters, The Playhouse of Cal State University of Los Angeles; Guadalupe in the Guest Room, Creede Repertory Theatre, Co.; The Madres, (A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere), Skylight Theatre, Los Angeles; Rosado, John Lion New Plays Festival, Cal State University Los Angeles; Fabulous Monsters, Latinx New Plays Festival of San Diego Repertory; Real Women Have Curves, Costa Mesa Playhouse; Angel of the Desert, South Coast Repertory; and holds an extensive list of additional credits and works with other major institutes, organizations, universities, schools, and communities.
Before the pandemic hit, Guerrero was scheduled this spring and coming year to present work with her SAUSD SAN ART theatre conservatory students their New Work SANTX Play Festival, present, with her ensemble, and guest lecture at Claremont Graduate University, return to teach at SCR and SAUSD, and join Cal State University of Fullerton to direct their fall season production.
Despite projects postponed and or cancelled, during this this pandemic and time of quarantine; Guerrero has been keeping herself busy with her familia, revisiting sewing, much reflection, and directing, acting, producing works through live stream readings with Breath of Fire and other organizations, while practicing safe distancing. Wear your mask! Guerrero supports herself as a teaching & theatre artist: www.teatroguerrero.com .