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Here’s to Olga and J.K.!


UOTA PhD candidates spend countless hours to achieve their various goals and dedicating themselves to our program.

CONGRATULATIONS to Dr. J.K. Rogers and Dr. Olga Sanchez Saltveit for successfully completing their programs. We look forward to supporting them through their future walks of life.


Dr. J.K. Rogers

holds a BA in English Literature from Connecticut College (1999); MAs in Theatre (2011) and English (2014) from the University of Nebraska Omaha; and a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Writing (2013) also from UNO. She recently graduated with an MA in Arts Management (2018), focusing on Performing Arts Management/Artistic Direction from the University of Oregon. JK has taught theatre and English as Adjunct Faculty at several Nebraska colleges, and is a Journeyman member of I.A.T.S.E. Local 42 in Omaha and Local 675 in Eugene. Her writing has been published in The Briar Cliff Review (2014), ConnotationPress (April 2014), The NonBinary Review (December 2014), The Thirteenth Floor Magazine (Spring 2015), and in Etudes Online Theatre Journal (January 2018). JK’s research interests include Restoration and Eighteenth-Century theatre, Commedia dell’Arte, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in arts organization, Queer/Gender Theory and Performance, and Pop Culture/Visual Rhetoric. She has also designed numerous shows, as well as collaborated on adapting Shakespeare for the high school performer. Outside of the theatre, JK has a passion for cooking, knitting, cheese, and cats, and is always looking for the next adventure. 


Dr. Olga Sanchez Saltveit

Artistic Director Emerita, Milagro, the NW’s premier Latino arts & culture organization, served as the company’s Artistic Director from 2003-2015. She is an actor, director, writer, educator and arts activist. A graduate of Hunter College, C.U.N.Y., B.A. Theatre, her directorial work has been seen in Portland, Seattle, New York City, Washington DC, Martha’s Vineyard, Peru, Venezuela, and Cuba. Olga served as co-artistic director of the People’s Playhouse in New York City, artistic director of Seattle Teatro Latino, and co-founder of La Casa de Artes, a Seattle-based non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating the beauty of Latino arts and cultural heritage. She holds an MA in Human Development, specialization in Bicultural Development, from Pacific Oaks College Northwest. In 2015, her work received a Portland Drama Critics’ DRAMMY award for Outstanding Achievement in Devised Work for Milagro’s production of ¡O ROMEO!. She is a founding member of the Portland-based Latino writers’ group Los Porteños. Olga served on the Executive Committee and the Diversity Task Force on TCG’s (Theatre Communications Group) board of directors. She serves as a founding member of the Steering Committee of the Latinx Theatre Commons, a program of Howlround/Center for the Theatre Commons at Emerson College.