For Sandra Delgado,
Now, after a long and successful career that has seen the 16-year Logan Square resident perform on some of Chicago’s biggest stages, Delgado’s art is reaping financial benefits. On Nov. 5, she received a $25,000 award from 3Arts for her success as a playwright, a venture that is considerably newer to her but comes no less naturally.
Last year, Delgado staged her first full-length play, “La Havana Madrid,” at both The Goodman and Steppenwolf Theatres. Developed by Teatro Vista, the Latinx theatre company of which she is an ensemble member, “La Havana Madrid” was a musical celebrating the long-gone nightclub of 60s Lincoln Park and the Latinx community that surrounded it.
It’s such an affirmation that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing and that I need to keep doing it.”sandra delgado on receiving the 3arts award
It was released to rave reviews and earned Delgado her first nomination for the 3Arts award as a playwright (she had been nominated four times previously as an actress). A little while later, she was named as one of 10 Chicago-based artists designated to receive the $25,000 award for her contributions to Chicago’s art community as a playwright.
The award comes with zero strings attached, meaning that the artists are free to use the money for whatever they like. For Delgado, this means using some of it to pay off debt incurred by decades of working as an artist, but she also sees herself using much of the award to build a space in which she can write and work comfortably.
“3Arts, they really get it,” Delgado said of the nonprofit group. “They really understand what an artist needs. For me, at this point in my career, it’s just such an affirmation that I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing and that I need to keep doing it.”
In addition to the monetary award, Delgado was recognized as this year’s Community Awardee, meaning that the $25,000 she received was largely made up by a crowd-funding campaign within the Chicago artistic community. Meant to honor the recipient’s presence in the Chicago arts community, it’s no surprise that Delgado was designated for the Community Award; as a founding member of
Delgado may now have been formally recognized for her contributions to the theatre community, but that doesn’t mean she’s taking it easy. Her newest play, “Hundreds and Hundreds of Stars,” saw developmental production at The Goodman Theatre. She will also be starring in “La Ruta” at Steppenwolf Theatre later this winter, and she’ll be re-staging “La Havana Madrid” at The Den Theatre in Wicker Park as a co-production between Teatro Vista and Collaboraction.
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