Artistic Associate

Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Diaz

Stephanie Díaz is proud to be an Artistic Associate with 16th Street Theater. A multidisciplinary artist, she currently divides her time between acting work, puppetry projects and writing short fiction and poetry. As an actor, her credits include work at 16th Street Theater, Lookingglass Theater, Victory Gardens, Remy Bumppo, ShawChicago, Drury Lane Oakbrook, Steppenwolf, Teatro Vista, Goodman Theatre, Chicago Dramatists, Seattle Repertory Theater, Kansas City Rep, The Magic Theatre (San Francisco), First Stage Milwaukee, Mixed Blood (Minneapolis), Shakespeare Santa Cruz and The Village Theatre (Seattle). TV/Film: Chicago Fire, The Chicago Code and the recently-released indie film Redemption Trail, starring Lily Rabe.

As a puppeteer, she specializes in Bunraku-style tabletop and shadow puppetry, and recently debuted Mariposa Nocturna: A Puppet Triptych at the Chicago Cultural Center (developed in residency with the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, and also, in part, at the 2013 Eugene O’Neill National Puppetry Conference). Her puppetry and mask designs have been seen at Lookingglass Theater, 16th Street Theater, Collaboraction/Goodman Latino Fest, Prop Thtr, The Paper Machete Show, Links Hall, and Proyecto Latina. She was a 2012 Hedgebrook Writer-in-Residence, and recently published three poems and a short fiction excerpt in Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology.

Though her heart belongs to San Francisco, she has been flagrantly carrying on an open-ended affair with Chicago since 2004.