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Principal Personnel

José Eduardo González, Executive Director & Founder
José's background includes ten years as a freelance scenic designer working in Oregon and California, forming his own scenic design company designing and building theatrical productions and special events throughout South Texas. He founded Miracle Theatre Group in 1985 with his wife, Teatro Milagro Artistic Director Dañel Malán.  For Miracle, he has designed over 25 productions for the company, including most recently, Oyá: Call the Storm (2008) and Lorca in a Green Dress (2004) . González 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, González 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.  González 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.
Daņel Malán, Teatro Milagro Artistic Director & Founder
Dañel Malán received her BA in Theatre Arts from the University of California, San Diego. After co-founding the Miracle Theatre with husband, José González, Malán created the bilingual program of Teatro Milagro. Since 1989, she has produced and managed Milagro's touring productions, and is creator of “The Art of Science” an environmental arts-integrated curriculum and “Journeys”, a tolerance teaching curriculum; and C.D.S., cultural diversity training. Additionally, Malán researches and develops all script ideas and works with playwrights, directors, composers and choreographers for the creation of each production. As part of the creative team, Malán has written, directed, costumed and performed in many Teatro Milagro productions. As a playwright her works include El Último, an eco-drama set in Patagonia, ZAPATISTA, the story of SubComandante Marcos and FRIDA un retablo, a surrealist vision of one of Mexico’s greatest artists.
Olga Sanchez, Miracle Mainstage Artistic Director
Olga is an actor, director, writer and educator. A graduate of Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., her directorial work has been seen in Portland, Seattle, NYC, Martha's Vineyard, Peru, Venezuela and Cuba. She served as Co-Artistic Director of the People's Playhouse in New York City, and Artistic Director of Seattle Teatro Latino, and was a founder of La Casa de Artes, a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the beauty of Latino arts and cultural heritage. She holds an MA in Human Development, specialization in Bicultural Development, from Pacific Oaks College NW. In 2005, she received a Portland Drama Critics’ DRAMMY award for Excellence in Direction for Miracle’s production of Lorca in a Green Dress by Nilo Cruz.  She is a founding member of Portland-based Latino writers group Los Porteños, and currently serves on the Executive Committee for Theatre Communications Group’s Board of Directors.  She is on the Steering Committee for the Oregon Latino Agenda for Action, a member of the Greater Portland Vancouver Indicators Diversity and Arts & Culture committees, and a graduate of the Hispanic Metropolitan Leadership Program.
Julieth Maya Buri, Marketing Director
Born and raised in Medellín, Colombia Julieth moved to Portland in 2009. She has a degrees in business administration from and marketing with a focus in advertising. Her professional experience includes advertising agencies, newspapers, detail and whole sale consumer products companies, public relations agencies and non-profits. Julieth is passionate about the arts and community work. 
Daniel Jáquez, Artistic Associate
Daniel JáquezMr. Jáquez received an MFA in Directing from the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. He was also the Readings Director for the New American Theater School in New York and Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Ballet Folklórico Mexicano de Nueva York. He was chosen to be a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Director's Lab in 1998 and his work was selected to be showcased in The Living Room Series at HERE Center for Contemporary Arts. He has studied acting, directing and dramaturgy at Circle Rep, Circle in the Square and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He also attended the Saratoga International Theater Institute for The Viewpoints and Suzuki training. In 2002 he received Portland's Drammy Critics Excellence Award in Directing for Miracle's production of Edwin Sanchez' Icarus.
Peter West, Resident Lighting Designer
Peter is a native of New York and educated at Reed College and Portland State University. He designed seven seasons of lighting for the groundbreaking modern dance company Cirque/Portland Dance Theatre. He designed eight seasons for The Jefferson Dancers. For Oregon Ballet Theatre he lit Equinoxe, Crayola, Rodeo, Mysterious Mountain, Gloria, Schéhérazade and Frauenliebe und Leben. His Portland Opera credits include Carmen, Martha, Don Giovanni, Le Nozze di Figaro, Der Rosenkavalier, Andrea Chenier and Don Pasquale. He has designed and produced corporate events, trade shows and special projects in the U.S., Asia and Europe for Nike, Keen Footwear, Columbia Sportswear, Nintendo, Autodesk, Hewlett-Packard, Nordstrom, Adidas, Freightliner, Skechers and Dr. Martens. His architectural projects include exhibit lighting for The Museum at Warm Springs, The Behring-Hoffman UC Berkeley Anthropological Museum, and Nike-town Atlanta. He designed lighting for Oregon Children’s Theatre productions of The Velveteen Rabbit, Ramona Quimby and The Giver. Recent work includes Miracle Theatre’s Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue, The Road to Xibalbá and A Glass Menagerie for The Coaster Theatre. He won Drammy Awards for Outstanding Lighting for Miracle Theatre’s Barrio Hollywood, Lorca in a Green Dress and Men on the Verge. He is adjunct instructor in theatre at Lewis & Clark College.
Antonio Sonera, Artistic Associate
Antonio has been working professionally in the Portland theatre community for 22 years. He has been an actor, stage manager, production manager, director, educator, artistic director and theatre advocate. Antonio is a 2008 recipient of the Theatre Communications Group, Next Generation: Future Leaders in American Theatre grant, and is working at Miracle Theatre Group as the Associate Director.



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