( 1953- )
Milcha Sanchez-Scott was born on the island of Bali, and her heritage reflects a diversity of ethnic and cultural influences. Her mother is of Indonesian, Chinese, and Dutch ancestry; her father was born in Colombia and raised in Mexico. She attended a Catholic girls' school near London, while her father was working in Europe. However, she also spent time in Colombia and Mexico before the family moved to La Jolla, California, when Sanchez-Scott was fourteen years old. She attended the University of San Diego, where she earned a degree in literature, philosophy, and theatre.
After graduation she worked at the San Diego Zoo and later in an employment agency for maids in Beverly Hills. She began collecting the stories of the immigrant women who were applying for work, and it was from this experience that Sanchez-Scott's first play, Latina, evolved. It was also around that time that she was hired by the L.A. Theatre Works to act in a project at the women's prison in Chino. "I'd found a channel to get all sorts of things flowing out. I liked controlling my own time, and making things" ( Osborn, 246).
Sanchez-Scott was invited to join Maria Irene Fornes's playwriting workshop at INTAR in New York City in 1984-1985. Her family drama, Roosters, was released on video in 1995. She was a member of the New Dramatists. Sanchez-Scott lives in Los Angeles where she has worked with the group Artists in Prison and Other Places. She is an alumna of the New Dramatists and has been commissioned to write La Carmen, a contemporary adaptation of Georges Bizet's opera, for the Mark Taper Forum.
Milcha Sanchez-Scott's work frequently explores women's experiences in an Hispanic American bicultural context. Her plays are a combination of gritty