Gilberto Saenz was born and raised in Donna, Texas. It was in this small border town that he first discovered his passion for storytelling, and his need to uphold Latinx voices.
Gilberto graduated from Yale University in 2019 with a B.A in Theater Studies. While at Yale, Gilberto also studied Musical Theater under the SHEN Musical Theater Curriculum. He was awarded the Paul H. and Brigitte P. Fry Cup for his outstanding contribution to the Arts.
Gilberto is a Lin Manuel Miranda Family Fellow, and a proud alumnus of the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. Gilberto joined Milwaukee Repertory Theater as an Emerging Professional Resident for their 2019-2020 season.
Gilberto is committed to inclusion and diversity in the theater. His activism is in the advancement and social development of Latinx communities through the Arts. He works predominantly with Spanish speaking, immigrant communities, helping them share their stories of love, life, and immigration through theater.
Gilberto loves training young Latinx performers, encouraging them to use their voice and claim their place in the Arts.
Recently, Gilberto connected with ID Studio Theater and German Jaramillo (Teatro Libre Colombia, Our Lady of the Assassins) to work on "Casa Grande," an original, community engaged piece about immigrant children. Read more about their collaboration here.