Loyola University Chicago

College of Arts & Sciences

Spotlight On: Sandra Delgado

This week’s spotlight is trained on Sandra Delgado, Instructor of Theatre in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts in the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago. She was recently named a 2021 United States Artist (USA) Fellow, which recognizes compelling artists across a range of endeavors.

Delgado is a first-generation Colombian American whose work as a writer, actor, and champion of the Latinx community on- and off-stage has earned her the accolade “her own brand of triple threat” (New City). She is best known for her play La Havana Madrid, which enjoyed sold-out runs at Steppenwolf and the Goodman Theatre and as a co-production by Teatro Vista and Collaboraction. Delgado has been working to develop the play The Boys and the Nuns, which opened this week.

As a producer, Delgado has striven to create opportunities for Latinx theatre artists. She created the ground-breaking YO SOLO Festival of Latino Solo Shows in 2012, the first of its kind in the country. She co-curated Steppenwolf’s LookOut series during the run of La Havana Madrid, bringing dozens of Latinx artists to perform at Steppenwolf for the first time. Saints and Sinners, a storytelling and music series, is also an extension of her drive to create more opportunities for writers and performers of color and provide a space to cultivate connection and understanding.

“Sandra Delgado’s talent and passion as a theatre artist has brought so much to our students and community through her creative work and teaching,” says Peter J. Schraeder, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Loyola University Chicago. “Shining a light on the complexities of immigrant life and history, she demonstrates the power of art to foster empathy and greater understanding across social divides.”

Delgado has previously been awarded an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in Literature, the 3Arts Award, the Joyce Award, the TCG Resident Actor Fellowship, and the 2017 Latina Professional of the Year Award from the Chicago Latino Network. She is one of the women honored in Kerry James Marshall’s largest public mural, Rushmore, at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Her most recent project at Loyola, The Boys and the Nuns, chronicles the unlikely and powerful social justice alliance between Chicago LGBTQ activists and Catholic nuns who worked together in the 1980s to overturn discriminatory legislation. This play with music explores dignity, identity, and the power of faith in a striking period of Chicago history.

The cast is composed of current Loyola students and alumni, and will run until April 25th. To get information and tickets to a performance of The Boys and the Nuns, visit the Department of Fine and Performing Arts box office.