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Welcome

"As a theatre artist and activist, my work continues to be guided by three principles: the belief in the power of the human spirit; art as a catalyst for social change; and art as a tool for civic engagement."
 
S A R I T A   O C Ó N
is an award winning actor, community activist, and producing artist, dedicated to giving voice to the stories of marginalized, underrepresented communities. A fierce creative warrior, collaborating on various projects throughout the country.  

T H E A T R I C A L    C R E D I T S

New York: PLACAS (Off Broadway | Puerto Rican Traveling Theater)

Regional:  Men on Boats (American Conservatory Theater); The River Bride (Arizona Theatre Company); Quixote NuevoEverybodyThe War of the RosesTwelfth Night (California Shakespeare Theater); Quixote Nuevo (Huntington Theatre); The Copper Children (Oregon Shakespeare Festival); The Life of GalileoLeaving EdenThe Crucible (PlayMakers Repertory); A Streetcar Named DesireTo The BoneOthelloWaiting For Lefty (Oakland Theater Project); PLACAS (South Coast Repertory, Los Angeles Theatre Center, CASA 0101, Gala Hispanic Theater, Su Teatro, SF International Arts Festival, Crest Theater, Living Arts Tulsa); Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo (San Francisco Playhouse); Ghost Light (Berkeley Repertory Theatre); The Great Divide (Shotgun Players); Night Over Erzinga (Golden Thread Productions); Ghosts of the River (ShadowLight Productions); The House on Mango StreetSchool of the AmericasVisitor's Guide to ArivacaDog Lady / Evening StarLa Victima (Teatro Visión) and many others.  ​​

She is a proud member of Actors' Equity Association (AEA). Company member of HERO Theatre  in Los Angeles and the Oakland Theater Project (formerly Ubuntu Theater Project) in Oakland. She is a co-founding member of the Bay Area Latinx Theatre Artists Network.  Sarita holds a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity from Stanford University.

 

Photo by Eric Michael Roy 

Awards  &  Honors

2018 - 2020   Theatre Communications Group (TCG) Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship, in partnership with PlayMakers Repertory Company

2018   Akonadi Foundation Beloved Community Fund Award 

2017   Center for Cultural Innovation Investing in Artists Award

2017   California Arts Council Local Impact Award

2016   RHE Charitable Foundation Artistic Fellowship​, in partnership with Theatre Bay Area

2016   Creative Capacity Award

 

Featured Press

TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellows Round 12

American Theatre

TCG Announces 12th Round of Fox Foundation Actor Fellows

The new cohort includes Shawn Hamilton, Phillip Luna, Esteban Andres Cruz, Celeste Den, Autumn Ness, Sarita Ocón, and Nicky Paraiso.

NEW YORK CITY: The William & Eva Fox Foundation and Theatre Communications Group (TCG) have announced the 12th round of Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowships recipients.

Read Article Here 

American Theatre's Role Call: People To Watch

ROLE CALL: PEOPLE TO WATCH

6 Theatre Workers

You Should Know

From an activist in Oakland, Calif., to a scenic artist in Atlanta, from an educator in Los Angeles to a producer in New York City, check out this month's cohort of theatre workers.

Read Article Here

Broadway World

Broadway World: 2016 Theatre Bay Area Awards Celebration

Theatre Bay Area, in partnership with the RHE Charitable Foundation, awards The 2016 RHE Artistic Fellowship to activist and theatre practitioner, Sarita Ocón.  Read about the honor here >>

Theatre Bay Area

Keep An Eye On: Sarita Ocón

Oakland-based actor Sarita Ocón has a knack for choosing projects that combine artistry with activism and 

deep social impact.  Read the interview >>

American Theatre

Sarita Ocón Receives 2016 RHE Artistic Fellowship

The theatre artist and activist will receive a cash prize of $10,000 in December.  Read the article here >>

NYC Regional Convening Latinx Theatre Commons

Sarita was among the 65 national Latinx Theatre Artists traveling to New York City to participate in the

NYC Latina/o Theatre Commons Convening

 

 
 

Buzz

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

Ubuntu Theater Project

"Perhaps most striking of all is Ocón's Stella, which blends the deep-rooted goodness of Olivia de Havilland with the lasciviousness of trailer trash."

SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

THE RIVER BRIDE

Arizona Theatre Company

"As Helena, Sarita Ocón evokes a deep sense of beauty and care beneath this young woman's profound hurt and heartbreak."

TALKIN' BROADWAY

THE CRUCIBLE

PlayMakers Repertory Company

"Under Chiang's direction, Cornell, Shafir, Altman, and Ocón stage a riveting courtroom confrontation that deftly sets up The Crucible's tragic endgame."

INDY WEEK

OTHELLO

Ubuntu Theater Project

"But it's the women who are the real hereos of this production. 

Sarita Ocón carries much of the drama of the tragic conclusion as the straight-talking Emilia, Iago's wife and Desdemona's servant, formidable in her fury at the monstrous goings-on."

THE MERCURY NEWS

OTHELLO

Ubuntu Theater Project

"By the end, we remember the women who transform the worlds of Venice and Cyprus: Desdemona is Reason, Emilia is Equity, and Bianca is Honesty, each one a rebel against Venice's patriarchy, elements of a rational world to come."

"...Emilia, a smart and strong Sarita Ocón..." 

THEATRESTORM

QUIXOTE NUEVO

California Shakespeare Theater

"As the sun sets at Cal Shakes, Dulcinea becomes a living idol, embodied by Sarita Ocón with astonishing poise." 

THEATRIUS 

THE RIVER BRIDE

Arizona Theatre Company

"Sarita Ocón's Helena carried the injury of lost love, as well as the fear that a broken heart can launch, with authority. Her transition from a young woman full of regrets to one full of hope and then back to regrets was seamless." 

ARIZONA DAILY STAR

EVERYBODY

California Shakespeare Theater

"This modernized 'Everybody,' with

an interchangeable leading role called 'Everybody,' underlines our loss of hope, our inability to care for Other Somebodies. Five Somebodies are brilliantly portrayed by Stacy Ross, Lance Gardner, Sarita Ocón, Jenny Nelson, and Jomar Tagatac.

The impressive Sarita Ocón chose Kinship and Beauty. Ocón plays each role precisely and persuasively, as always." 

THEATRIUS

MEN ON BOATS

American Conservatory Theater

"...companion William Dunn played with earnest seriousness by Sarita Ocón."

BROADWAY WORLD

THE CRUCIBLE

PlayMakers Repertory Company​

"Guest Artists Ariel Shafir and Sarita Ocón as John and Elizabeth Proctor put the fire under this crucible." 

"Shafir and Ocón make all this pain and stuggle piercingly believable ... very fine acting, subtle, well-vocalized, and free of histrionics, and their intmate battle and detente, as the Proctor's, bring the meaning of the larger story into terrifying focus." 

MEN ON BOATS

American Conservatory Theater

"Sarita Ocón's William Dunn personifies passion, self-assurance and pragmatism."

THE BROADWAY BLOG

THE FIVE POINTS STAR BLOG

PLACAS

Los Angeles Theater Center

"The excellent protean actor Sarita Ocón disappears into her characters as the fierce, limping mother of Fausto and abuela to Edgar. She also scores a jittery, violent, teenaged gangster girl, named Bugsy, and a therapist, Liz, who, in an intense moment of existential angst, reveals her own worries - a sister who has fallen in with a gang. The multi-talented Ocón also designed the show's tattoos."

MEN ON BOATS

American Conservatory Theater​

"Within minutes -- thanks to the vibrant acting and expressive agility of the cast -- you believe that these actors are men and these sticks of furniture are boats.

And that is just the beginning of the suspension of disbelief. The play, directed by Tamilla Woodard, is a raucous, rollicking journey through treacherous whitewater rapids in search of a canyon that turns out to be truly grand."

48 HILLS INDEPENDENT SF

PAUL MYRVOLD, LOS ANGELES

 

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LEAVING EDEN

World Premiere by Mike Wilely Directed by Vivienne Benesch PlayMakers Repertory Company 2018 Photo Cred: Ken Huth