Co-Founder & Co-Artistic Director

Rosario Vargas

Rosario Vargas was born in Cartagena, Colombia. Rosario is a dedicated theater educator, director and researcher. She is the Founder and Co -Artistic Director of Aguijon Theater Company. She completed her theatrical studies at the National School of Dramatic Art in Bogota, Colombia and has a B.A. in Architecture from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University in Cartagena, Colombia. Her vast professional experience includes many productions as actress, director and producer, both in Chicago and abroad. Her many directorial credits for Aguijon include: ‘Til Mortgage Do Us Part, Ceviche in Pittsburgh, The Empty Chalices, Genesis was Tomorrow and An Admiral for the Sea. Highlights from her long acting career include: A Streetcar Named Desire with Writers’ Theater; The House of Bernarda Alba, Blood Wedding, Orchids in the Moonlight, Johnny Tenorio and The Strip for Aguijon. Most recently, Rosario’s work in Abelardo Estorino’s monologue, Sink or Swim, directed by Sandor Menéndez for Aguijon, received critical acclaim and was an audience favorite in Chicago and in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she performed as part of the ninth “Encuentro de Teatro y Territorio” of the Universidad Nacional General Sarmiento. In 2003, the National Museum of Mexican Art rewarded Rosario’s efforts in the artistic community by naming her that year’s Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz Honoree. She has been active in Chicago’s theater scene for over 30 years.