Introducing Jeanette Sanchez
We are thrilled to formally introduce Jeanette Sanchez, who joined the Theatre Puget Sound staff in October. While part-time opening in facility coordination brought her to us, we have transitioned her to a full-time, expanded role that more fully applies her skills and expertise.
As Facilities Program Assistant, Jeanette is your primary contact for rehearsal space requests and performance contracting. Already she is reinvigorating and clarifying our daily space management and maintenance procedures, as well as our adopt-a-studio program through which organizations earn studio credit. Her communications initiatives include improved in-studio signage and information, and she will launch a newsletter for facilities clients in 2017.
Among her early projects has been reorganization of the TPS library–watch for news about holdings and availability of this space for meetings or other table sessions–and she has been integral to the final phases of development for our new, web-optimized studio booking and payment system, which will be rolled out in the next month.
As the new booking system frees up time in her workload, we will continue evolving Jeanette’s role for improved, strategic office and program integration.
“Jeanette is a fantastic addition to our team,” says Interim Executive Director Zhenya Lavy. “Her combination of skills, expertise, perspective, and enthusiasm align strongly with our mission and priorities. At this moment of transition for our organization, Jeanette is a positive driver of change through person-to-person interaction and relationship building that is warm and deceptively simple: effecting incremental shifts at the micro level that expand in impact at the macro. I value her collaboration as we move TPS through this next phase of its growth.”
Jeanette holds a Master of Arts in Educational Theatre / Directing (University of New Mexico) and advanced to doctoral candidacy in Theatre History & Criticism (University of Washington). She is a scholar of Latino Theatre, with a focus on issues of social justice and activism, race, and Latino culture. During her 9 years with the UW-Bothell Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences Pedagogy in Process Program, she developed and taught numerous core and elective subjects, including Latino Theatre for Social Change, Theatre for Young Audiences, Project Hamlet: Script Analysis for Performance, and Deconstructing the Apocalypse: Popular Culture and Human Rights. She helped found Seattle’s eSe Teatro, has dramaturged for Teatro Visión in San Jose and Seattle Children’s Theatre, initiated a History of the Actor course in SCT’s YAI program, and is currently on the team leading efforts to build a Fringe Festival in Tacoma. She spent 8 years at Seattle Children’s Theatre, where she was Weekend Box Office Manager, and she has been directing and stage managing for a variety of Tacoma-based organizations since moving to that area in 2015. Jeanette has presented her scholarship at theatre conferences internationally and spent 10 years as Area Chair of Chicana/o Literature/Film/Culture for the Southwest/Texas Popular and American Culture Conference. Publications include a review of The Hungry Woman (A Mexican Medea) in Ollentay Latino Theatre Journal (2006) and book reviews in New Theatre Quarterly.
In her spare time Jeanette writes short fiction. Last fall her “She’ll Only Come Out At Night” was published in the all-women volume, Black Candies: Gross and Unlikeable.