KJ Sanchez

KJ Sanchez

KJ Sanchez is the founder and CEO of American Records, dedicated to making theatre that chronicles our time. She has directed reimagined classics, new plays and her own documentary plays Off-Broadway and at many of the country's leading theatres such as The Goodman, The Humana Festival, Milwaukee Rep, Asolo Rep and the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. She is director, co-author and producer of ReEntry, which has toured extensively across the country and abroad. As a playwright, she has been produced at theatres such as Berkeley Rep, Playmakers Rep, Asolo Rep, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Two River, Baltimore's Center Stage, Frontera Rep, Round House, Cornerstone and Off-Broadway at Urban Stage and Here Arts. As an actor she performed at BAM, New York Theatre Workshop, Soho Rep, and other venues across the country and internationally. Sanchez also provided voices for many characters on Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go!

She is a Fox Fellow, Douglas Wallop Fellow, and a recipient of the 2014 Rella Lossy Playwright Award. She is an associate artist with The Civilians, a New York Theatre Workshop Usual Suspect and former member fo Anne Bogart's SITI Company.


Undergraduate and graduate directing.

Areas of Expertise

Directing new plays and classics, documentary playmaking, producing, artistic leadership.

Recent Publications

  • Life in the Middle, Playscripts Inc. (2012)
  • "Joining Forces", American Theatre Magazine July/August (2011)
  • ReEntry, Playscripts Inc. (2010)
  • "A Night at the Opera" (co-author Tommer Peterson), Grantmakers in the Arts' GIA Reader Vol. 23 No. 1 (Winter, 2012

Recent and Current Works

  • Directed Polly Teale's adaptation of Jane Eyre for Cincinnati Playhouse in the Part and Milwaukee Rep (2017)
  • Writing and directing (dis)placed, a commission for The Guthrie Theater (present)
  • Writing and directing Mama's Empanadas, a commission for Milwaukee Rep (present)
  • Directing the world premiere of Vichet Chum's K'nyum for Merrimack Rep (opening January 2018)
  • Directing Octavio Solis' Quixote at Cal Shakes (opening June 2018)

What do you enjoy most about being a part of the UT Theatre and Dance community?

I love being part of a department that is: 1. Collegial and full of good cheer. 2. Fearless and hard-working. 3. Working ALL THE TIME - faculty, staff and students, this is a place full of individuals who never tire of new work. 4. Full of good people who understand that a creative life, a fulfilling educational life and a healthy personal life can all go hand-in-hand.

What is your favorite thing about Austin?

The green, the lakes and river and creeks, the tacos (requisite answer), the locally-sourced food, the music, the music, the music and the grackles (I really do like those crazy birds).

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