Meet the Team

Meet the Team

Providing extraordinary Latino theatre, culture, and arts education experiences for the enrichment of all communities.

Founders

José González, Executive Artistic Director
Dañel Malán, Artistic Director: Teatro Milagro
Olga Sanchez, Artistic Director Emerita

Board of Directors

Jaime Soltero Jr.,  President
Dañel Malán, Secretary
Clinten Hendricks, Treasurer
John Rodarte
José González
Pete Johnson
Maya Malan-González
Andrea Orive

Staff

Jose GonzalezExecutive Artistic Director
Dañel Malán, Artistic Director: Teatro Milagro

Ajai Terrazas Tripathi, Education Coordinator
Emily Hogan, Executive Assistant
Tomas Riley, Community Engagement Coordinator
Alex Ibarra, Marketing and Engagement Associate

Daniel Jaquez, Artistic Associate
Maya Malán-González, Artistic Associate

Affiliations

Theatre Communications Group
National New Play Network
Hispanic Metropolitan Chamber
Coalition for Communities of Color
Portland Area Theatre Alliance
Small & Midsized Arts Coalition

 

About: Board of Directors


Jaime Soltero Jr. (President) started Tamale Boy as a catering company in 2008 called Mayahuel Catering. Tamale Boy has evolved into a food truck catering and restaurant business with Portland and Happy Valley brick-and-mortar locations.   

Soltero Jr. and his team aim for Tamale Boy to be a fun and approachable dining option that is affordable for everyone. Tamale Boy offers a seasonally changing menu designed to highlight cuisine from various regions throughout Mexico.

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Clinten Hendricks brings marketing and business development experience to the team. Clint is the Founder and Principal of Hendricks Consulting, LLC, a firm that assists companies and organizations in creating and executing transformational global marketing and operations strategies. He has a strong business background with over 20 years as an executive in various marketing and business development roles for global brands Nike and Lululemon Athletica. Clint earned his MBA from Harvard Business School in Boston and completed his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles. Having recently joined the board he looks forward to using his experience to help Milagro continue to grow and thrive for the enrichment of all Portland communities.
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John Rodarte brings organizing and fundraising experience to the team. John is the Manager of Commercial and Residential Sales for AAA Heating and Cooling and has been connected with Milagro for years, but has only recently become involved. He has a strong business background, over 20 years of managerial experience as well as a strong dedication to community involvement and volunteerism. John served as the State Director of the Ventura Junior Chamber of Commerce for six years where he coordinated the State Convention, served on fundraising committees, and created innovative new programs. He looks forward to using his experience to help shape the future of Miracle Theatre Group and to expand awareness of the Latino Arts in the Portland community.
Board member since March 2009
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Pete Johnson is a financial advisor with Principal Financial Group. Pete attended Willamette University where he earned a joint JD/MBA degree. In his free time, Pete is actively involved in his community as a supporter for many charitable organizations including the Bradley Angle Women’s Shelter, Kenya Keys for Education, and Youth Outside. He is also involved with Teatro Milagro and the Oregon Mediation Association. Aside from his community involvement, he also is a lover of tennis, backpacking, outdoor adventures, foreign films, international travel, new non-fiction, and old literature.  As a young adult Pete lived in Chile and Ecuador where he developed fluency in Spanish.
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Maya Malan-González is an actor, playwright and teatrista. Her work centers female voices and pressing social issues, and she embraces movement and a little wacky humor in all things art. 
She is a lifelong member of Milagro in Portland and an ensemble member with Teatro Luna West in Los Angeles. As an actor, Maya is passionate about touring and has performed on stages from coast to coast as well as in Mexico, Scotland, and Ireland. She has also performed with Cara Mia Theatre, San Jose Stage Company, San Diego Rep, The Road Theatre Company, El Teatro Campesino, Teatro Vision, and Northwest Children’s Theatre. 
Her written work includes “Huelga” and “Blast Off” commissioned and presented by Teatro Milagro; “A Xmas Cuento Remix”, which had a National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere with Milagro, 16th Street Theater, and The Cleveland Public Theatre; and her story “Down the Side of the Mountain” is featured in Teatro Luna’s Audible Original audiobook, “Talking While Female and Other Dangerous Acts”.
Maya received her B.F.A in Acting from The Theatre School at DePaul University with a concentration in Latino Studies and she is a graduate of the NALAC Leadership Institute (2018).
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Andrea Orive- Having immigrated to the USA from Argentina at a very young age I am blessed to have been raised bilingual and in an Argentinian household (albeit in New Jersey). Arts and culture was at the forefront of my upbringing and have listened to my share of Tangos in my life 🙂 Have lived in different parts of the country from the East Coast, to Midwest, and up and down the West Coast. Landed in Portland over 5 years ago and love this city for all it has to offer. I have wanted to be more involved from a community perspective for some time now so jumped at this opportunity at Milagro. Professionally I work at Nike as Program Manager in the Digital space. I share my life with my partner Lisa and our two dogs Parker, Oliver, and Coco the cat as well. During non-pandemic times you can find me at many of our great restaurants, enjoying a show both small and large, and playing in our great outdoors. 
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About: Staff Members


José Eduardo González, Executive Artistic Director
E-mail: jefe (at) milagro.org Ext. 112

José’s background includes ten years as a freelance scenic designer working in Oregon, Texas, and California. He founded Miracle Theatre Group in 1985 with his wife, Dañel Malán. José holds an MFA in Theatre Arts from UCLA and a BA in Humanities with an emphasis in Philosophy and Arts History from the University of Santa Clara. He has studied in Vienna and traveled through Europe and the Middle East. In 1997, José was recognized as a Community Treasure by TACS-PGE/Enron. He has also received awards for “Outstanding Contribution to the Hispanic Community” from IMAGE of Washington County, 1992, and a Dramalogue Award for Excellence in Set Design for The Hostage, 1983. Under the pseudonym Martín Milagro, he has written five full-length plays produced by the Miracle Theatre: Maria’s Magic Christmas (1989); Un Christmas Cuento (1991); ¡Cuentos! (1992); La Canción de Libertad (1993); and Chavez (1996). He has also penned two Spanish-language screenplays: Solución Familiar and Adios Tristeza for Washington County Aging Services. José has served as an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Theatre Arts and Chicano/Latino Studies departments of Portland State University, and as a Visiting Arts Administration Specialist for the United States Information Agency (1995 & 1996), conducting workshops in arts administration and fundraising with large and small organizations in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.  Currently, he serves on the board of directors for the Miracle Theatre Group and the National New Play Network.
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Dañel Malán, Artistic Director: Teatro Milagro
E-mail: malan (at) milagro.org Ext. 122

Malán co-founded the Milagro Theatre with her husband, José Eduardo González and in 1989 she created the bilingual touring program, Teatro Milagro, which tours nationally to schools, colleges, and universities. Ms. Malán researches and develops script ideas and works with playwrights, directors, composers, and choreographers for the creation of many of the productions. She has also written several bilingual scripts for Teatro Milagro, which include Cuéntame Coyote (2005, 2014) and FRIDA, un retablo (2006, 2013). Ms. Malán has worn many hats in her 30 some year career as a performing artist. For a number of years, she managed and performed with the Milagro Bailadores, Miracle’s pan-Latino dance troupe. For Milagro’s residencies and workshops, she has collaboratively designed and implemented curriculum for K-12 schools, colleges, and community groups. She has shared her curricular work and bilingual education techniques as a guest instructor and workshop leader at various national and regional workshops, conferences, universities, and college campuses around the country. Malán co-founded OYE, Opciónes Y Educación, a Latino sexual health coalition with Multnomah County Health Dept. and has also developed a cultural competency training program for the corporate sector. Malán received her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of California, San Diego, and her MS in Curriculum in Instruction from Portland State University. Her graduate work focused on a case study of quantitatively documenting improved learning with bilingual arts integration in 8th-grade classrooms.
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Olga Sanchez, Artistic Director Emerita
Olga Sanchez served as the Artistic Director of Milagro, the NW’s premier Latino arts & culture organization from 2003-2015. An actor, director, writer and educator originally from NYC, she served as Co-Artistic Director of the People’s Playhouse in the East Village, as a founder and Artistic Director of Seattle Teatro Latino, for which she wrote and directed several pieces celebrating the beauty of Latino cultural heritage, and as a founder of La Casa de Artes, a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to raising the visibility of Latino arts and artists in the community. For Milagro, she directed over 25 works including: El Quijote by Santiago García; García Lorca’s Bodas De Sangre(in the original Spanish) and Blood Wedding; Nilo Cruz’s Lorca In A Green Dress (Drammy Award, Excellence in Direction), and several world premieres including Caridad Svich’s Guapa and Rubén Sierra’s When The Blues Chase Up A Rabbit. Her devised work includes five Día de muertos shows, including ¡O Romeo! (Drammy Award, Outstanding Achievement in Devised Work). Internationally, her directorial work has been seen in Honduras, Peru, Venezuela and Cuba. Sanchez is a founding member of Los Porteños writers group; her work has been published by Electrik Milkbath Press, Rio Grande Press and Rain City Projects. She edited the book, “Teatro de los Muertos”, a collection of photographs by Russell J. Young of Milagro’s muertos shows. In addition, Sanchez pens a column on local Latino arts and culture for El Hispanic News, Oregon’s bilingual newspaper. Sanchez has served for many years as a community arts organizer and art educator, including as the director of Milagro’s Latino Artists eXchange/Intercambio de artistas Latinos (LAX/IdeAL), strengthening the community of Latino artists of all disciplines. She has served youth groups and cultural organizations, including the Cesar Chavez Leadership Conference and Seattle’s Mañana Coalition. She is the creator of Posada Milagro, a community-based holiday program. From 2007-2013, Sanchez served on the board of Theatre Communications Group (TCG) and its Diversity Task Force; currently she serves on the Steering Committee for the Latina/o Theatre Commons, a program of Howlround/Center for the Theatre Commons at Emerson College. She holds a BA, Theatre, from Hunter College, C.U.N.Y.; MA, Human Development, Pacific Oaks College NW, specialization in Bicultural Development; and begins graduate studies toward earning a Ph.D., Theatre Arts, from University of Oregon in fall, 2015.
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Ajai Terrazas Tripathi, Education Coordinator
Email: ajai (at) milagro.org Ext. 124
Ajai Terrazas Tripathi, Tour Manager, is an actor, director, and playwright.  He received his BA in Theatre Arts from Oregon State University in Corvallis. Since graduating, he has worked at Teatro Milagro in Portland, becoming the Tour Manager, Education Director, and resident playwright.  As the lead teaching artist for Teatro Milagro, he has promoted and championed bilingual arts education in schools and universities throughout the country, developing Milagro’s educational curriculum, and facilitating theatrical workshops for students of all ages.  He has performed and taught throughout the United States, teaching in residencies for over two-hundred schools, universities, community organizations, and theatre companies.  He has also written Sueños de Fútbol, Mijita Fridita, and ¡Corre! ¡Corre!, three bilingual touring plays for young audiences, and has recently appeared in plays such as Duende de Lorca, FRIDA, un retablo, Searching for Aztlán, El Payaso and Bi-, for Teatro Milagro.
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Emily Hogan- Executive Assistant
Email: emily (at) milagro.org Ext. 116
Emily Hogan (she/her/hers) is a PDX-based theater artist who graduated from the University of Portland with a degree in Theatre Arts, studying acting and dramaturgy. Hogan has worked as a Teaching Artist for Milagro’s touring company, Teatro Milagro, and performed in the Milagro premiere of A Xmas Cuento Remix. You may have also seen her work in Shaking the Tree’s Made to Dance in Burning Buildings. Hogan has been able to work as a dramaturg for a variety of organizations, including Orphic Plays, Oregon Adventure Theatre, and Do It for Mead Productions. She is honored and excited to be working with Milagro again in this new capacity.
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Tomas Riley- Community Engagement Coordinator
Email: tomas (at) milagro.org Ext. 115
Tomas Riley is an accomplished poet/spoken word performer with a passion for art and community. He has led the development of inclusive arts programming for historically underserved residents of the Tenderloin and Mission District neighborhoods of San Francisco as well as for young people in Richmond, CA. He has a strong background in community development as the first Director of the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District and has worked as an Adjunct Professor of Latina/o Literature and Race and Resistance Studies at San Francisco State University. He has published two collections of poetry entitled Mahcic and Post-Chicano Stress Disorder.
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Alex Ibarra- Marketing and Engagement Associate 
Email: alex (at) milagro.org Ext. 117
Alexander Ibarra is a proud Chicano independent filmmaker based in Portland, Oregon. Born and raised in Southern Oregon, Ibarra moved to the Northwest in 2017 where he attended school at Pacific University. In 2020, he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Film and Video with a minor in Spanish. He is currently in pre-production of his feature-length film debut. He also serves as a contributing writer for the Latino-based news outlet The Daily Chela, a videographer for Centro Cultural de Washington County, and a co-owner of his sticker company Tierra Aztlán.
Ibarra’s films and projects focus on the representation of BIPOC voices and faces, where they are seen as human and not stereotypes.
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