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Award-winning actor, playwright and producer Sandra Delgado’s unique mix of storytelling and live performance arrived at Dominican University this fall with her selection as the Lund-Gill Chair of the Rosary College of Arts and Sciences.

A Colombian-American playwright who delves into the history of Chicago’s marginalized groups, Delgado is teaching a course in Writing, Performance and Social Change. Focusing on social justice themes, students will create their own personal stories and turn them into a live performance at the conclusion of the semester.

“I’m really here to empower the students to find their own way to tell a story,” Delgado explained. Her students are experiencing the type of performance art generated by Collaboraction, the Chicago social justice theater company of which Delgado is a founding ensemble member. Artists who are part of Collaboraction are guided in writing personal stories and performing them before live audiences, Delgado explained.

As an actor, Delgado appeared on the Chicago and New York theater stage and in television shows like Chicago P.D., Empire and Law and Order: Special Victims Unit. Turning to writing, she created and starred in the production La Havana Madrid, based on a largely forgotten 1960s Lakeview nightclub and inspired by real-life stories of the Colombian, Cuban and Puerto Rican immigrants who gathered there for live Latin music.