Stephanie Diaz has been an Artistic Associate at 16th Street Theater for over a decade. A multidisciplinary artist based in Chicago, she divides her time between acting, puppetry and writing short fiction and poetry. As an actor, credits include work at 16th Street (Kita y Fernanda, Accidental Rapture, Pinkolandia and The Wolf at the End of the Block), Goodman Theater, Lookingglass Theatre, Milwaukee Rep, Kansas City Rep, Seattle Rep, Victory Gardens, Mixed Blood, First Stage and most recently Creede Repertory Theatre, where she played the title role in Guadalupe in the Guest Room (alongside fellow 16th St AA Miguel Nuñez). TV appearances include Easy, Chicago Med, Chicago Fire and The Chicago Code and her voiceover work spans radio, TV, audiobooks and video games. As a puppeteer, she specializes in Bunraku-style tabletop and shadow puppetry, and has designed for numerous Chicago theatres in addition to her own critically-acclaimed full-length piece, Mariposa Nocturna: A Puppet Triptych, which opened the 2015 Chicago International Puppet Theater Festival and enjoyed several successful runs throughout Chicago. The recipient of numerous artistic grants and residences, she was featured in The Chicago Reader’s annual People Issue (Dec 2015) and is a founding member of The Chicago Inclusion Project. She’s a native Californian and proud Guatemalan-American.