Silvia Gonzalez S. was born and raised in California's San Fernando Valley. She attended Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles and was selected to study at the Loyola Rome Center in Italy. While in Italy she met her future husband, Tom Scherer, who was from Chicago. Gonzalez S. completed her undergraduate studies at the Loyola University of Chicago, where she earned a BS in education. Her husband's medical education, however, necessitated that they move frequently in the next several years.
While teaching in Yuma, Arizona, Gonzalez S. wanted to continue her interest in stand-up comedy and ventriloquism. However, after learning about the asphyxiation of undocumented workers in a boxcar in 1987, she was compelled to write her first theatre piece, Boxcar. Her first play was immediately followed by a playwriting fellowship at INTAR in New York.
When she returned to Chicago, Silvia Gonzalez S. became a member of the Chicago Dramatists Workshop and a literary manager for Body Politic Theatre, where she has the distinction of being that theatre's first Latina playwright. While at the Body Politic Theatre, she instituted the Unknown Playwrights Staged Readings to ensure that the work and not the playwright was being judged. During this period, she also taught a playwriting workshop to students in inner-city Chicago.
Silvia Gonzalez S. currently resides in central Oregon where she works with the Central Oregon Arts in Education program. She is also working on playwriting, poetry, and video projects with the Museum at Warm Springs Indian Reservation and is finding ways to help Latino students in Madras, Oregon. She is working on projects with the Sundance Film Institute and Walt Disney Studios. Gonzalez is a member of the Dramatists Guild, the New Dramatists, the