Resident & Guest Teaching Artists


Diana Burbano

Diana Burbano, is a Colombian immigrant, playwright and teaching artist at South Coast Repertory and Breath of Fire Latina Theatre Ensemble. Her work has recently been seen at OSF, The Drama League, San Diego Repertory and Center Theatre Group. Written work includes: Policarpa, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Brown Swan lab 2017, Drama League Rough Draft series May 2017, Honorable Mention, Jane Chambers Award 2017, Parsnip Ship 2017 Fabulous Monsters, Latinx Play Festival, San Diego Rep 2017, Festival51 2016 winner, about women in Punk Rock,Picture me Rollin’ (featured at the 35th annual William Inge Festival and Inkfest at 2cents.), Silueta, (about the Cuban artist Ana Mendieta), with Tom and Chris Shelton, and the TYA Shakespeare mash-up, Caliban’s Island winner 2017 Headwaters New Play Festival at Creede Repertory. (Published by YouthPLAYS). Libertadoras, Vamping and Linda were written for the 365 Women a Year project and have been performed around the world, with Linda featured in more than 20 festivals over the last year, including Center Theatre Group’s community library series. Her short play Rounds Per Second is in Smith and Kraus’s 5-minute play anthology. She is currently writing material for Center Theatre Group’s Chisme y Queso series, for Rogue Artists Plummer Park project and for Kaiser Permanente’s Educational touring show. To learn more visit: 


Estela Garcia
Estela Garcia

A Los Angeles born native, Estela Garcia is an actress, movement coach, deviser, community engagement specialist, mask maker/performer, and teacher.  She received her MFA from Dell’Arte in ensemble based physical theatre and most recently studied with Viewpoints originator Mary Overlie in England. In addition to being Movement faculty at CalArts, Garcia is faculty at South Coast Repertory and a teaching artists and Community Liaison for Center Theatre Group. Garcia is best known for her portrayal of surrealist painter REMEDIOS VARO in her one-woman play and Older Esperanza in THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET. Most recent film credits include: YOLIS and VALENTINA, which have had much success at film festivals nationally and abroad-she is currently filming  A GIANT WITHOUT A HEAD. 

As a director/movement coach, Estela has worked as AD to Kinan Valdez on POPOL VUH: HEART OF HEAVEN, co-produced by Center Theatre Group and El Teatro Campesino, and was Puppetry Director for South Coast Rep’s THE LONG ROAD TODAY.  In addition, she has been the movement coach for countless award winning productions by Rogue Artists Ensemble, for which she is an associate artist. Most notably, she collaborated as a writer/creator/ assistant director/movement coach for Hyperbole: Origins which was nominated for Production of the Year by the LA Weekly Awards.  Most recently she choreographed for SEÑORITA MONTHLY JUICE at 2018’s Hollywood Fringe Festival. 


Sara Guerrero

SARA GUERRERO​ is a Southern California native. She’s the founding artistic director of the award-winning, Santa Ana-based Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble, and has been recognized as one of the “People to Watch” by American Theatre Magazine, and “Best [Artistic] Director” and “Person of Interest” by OC WEEKLY. A CalArts alum, Guerrero is a professional versatile theatre artist whose mission is to model, share, and create theatre-making opportunities for and with her community.

Previously, she served as the community engagement director ​for SCR’s Dialogue/Diálogos Project (two​-year community theatre​-making project) and was producing associate to the project’s production, El Largo Camino de Hoy / The Long Road Today by José Cruz González. 

Guerrero’s directing credits include Guadalupe in the Guest Room (Creede Repertory Theatre, Colorado), The Madres, A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere (Skylight Theatre, Los Angeles), Rosado (John Lion New Plays Festival, CSU Los Angeles, Fabulous Monsters (Latinx New Plays Festival of San Diego Repertory), Angel of the Desert (South Coast Repertory’s Studio Series), Real Women Have Curves (Costa Mesa Playhouse), and holds an extensive list of additional credits and works with other major institutes, organizations, universities, schools, and communities. 


Kristina Leach, Anatalia Sanchez, Lorna Silva, Richard Soto



Ser Anzoategui, Kimberly Colburn, Ariane Dalla Dea, Paul S. Flores, Fernando Funes, Jose Cruz Gonzalez, Melinda Hall, Gabriel Llanas, Marcus Omari, Armando Molina, Frank Mundo, Monica Palacios, Tom Shelton, Bernardo Solano