President Barack Obama plans to appoint Center Theatre Group director-producer Diane Rodriguez to National Council on the Arts, the White House announced Thursday.

Rodriguez, the group’s associate director, is an Obie Award winner and known as a force in Latino theater, having co-founded El Teatro de La Esperanza and the comedic Latins Anonymous.

Rodriguez, who lives in Echo Park, won an Obie Award in 2007 for playing multiple roles in Heather Woodbury’s “Tale of Two Cities.”

In the ’70s and early ’80s, she was a member of El Teatro Campesino, which produced comedic sketches for United Farm Workers founder Cesar Chavez.

City News Service

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