Emilya Cachapero

Director of Grantmaking Programs,
Theatre Communications Group

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Emilya Cachapero is the director of Theatre Communications Group’s Artistic and International Programs and has been active in the US arts community for more than 30 years.  Ms. Cachapero oversees TCG’s grant programs, international programs and selected special projects which include Beyond Orientalism, a national initiative to address the use of yellow face, brown face and whitewashing.  She is a member of the Executive Board and Council of International Theatre Insitute (ITI) Worldwide, and as lead producer for ITI’s New Project Group (NPG) she produced House-Home, an eleven country collaboration that was performed in Xiamen, China in 2011, IfDENTITY, a ten-country collaboration that was performed in Madrid in 2008 and The Borges Project, a ten-country collaboration performed in Manila in 2006.  In addition to her current responsibilities with TCG and ITI-U.S., Ms. Cachapero was a US National Commissioner to UNESCO from 2002 - 2008.  Prior to joining TCG in 1991, she served as general manager for the Concordia Chamber Symphony; associate director of the Non-Traditional Casting Project in New York; conservatory administrator for American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco; and chair of the artistic committee for the Asian American Theater Company in San Francisco.  She was instrumental in creating the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival and was its founding producer for the first two years of the program.  Her writing has been published in American Poetry Review and several poetry anthologies.  Ms Cachapero received her Bachelor of Arts degree in creative writing from San Francisco State University and an honorary M.F.A. from the American Conservatory Theater. She is an alumna of the James P. Shannon Leadership Institute.