Norma Saldivar


Norma SaldivarArts Institute

Norma Saldivar came to the University of Wisconsin in 1998, and currently serves as the Interim Executive Director of the Arts Institute. Formerly created as an inter-college unit, sponsored by the College of Letters and Science, School of Education, and School of Human Ecology, the Arts Institute under Saldivar’s leadership was reorganized in early 2014 as the first division dedicated to the arts on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.  The institute continues to speak for the arts to the university and external communities. As a Professor of theatre, Saldivar served as head of the Graduate Directing Program and Director of Theater Production. Before arriving at UW-Madison, she served as Artistic Administrator & Resident Director for Milwaukee Repertory Theatre where her duties included serving as casting director and internship coordinator. Professor Saldivar earned a BFA in Acting from Illinois Wesleyan University and a MFA from the University of Illinois-Champaign and is a member of the Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers. She is an affiliate member of the Chicano and Latino Studies Program and has served as adjunct faculty and taught seminars at prestigious institutions, such as UCLA, USC, University of South Carolina, and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Her many professional credits include productions with: Blind Parrot Productions, Absolute Theatre Company, Center Theatre-Chicago; Illinois Repertory Theatre, Urbana, Illinois; Springer Opera House of Georgia. Milwaukee Repertory Theatre, Next Act Theatre Company, Renaissance Theatre-works, Milwaukee Chamber Theatre, Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Madison Opera, Madison Repertory Theatre-Madison, Wisconsin; San Jose Repertory Theatre-San Jose, California; A Contemporary Theatre, Seattle, Washington, to name a few. College/University credits include: University of California, Los Angeles; University of Southern California; University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Illinois Wesleyan University; and Beloit