Saracho was born in Sinaloa, México and moved to Texas in the late 1980s. She is a resident playwright at Chicago Dramatists and Teatro Vista. As Founding Artistic Director of Teatro Luna, Chicago's all-Latina theater ensemble, Saracho's writing has been featured in most of Teatro Luna's ensemble-built works including Generic Latina, Dejame Contarte, The Maria Chronicles, SOLO Latinas, SOLO Tu, S-E-X-Oh! and Lunatic(a)s. Productions include Our Lady of The Underpass with Teatro Vista (2009), Surface Day with Chicago Children's Humanity Festival (2008) and Jarred (A Hoodoo Comedy) with Teatro Luna (2008). Tanya's play Kita y Fernanda, a finalist for the 2003 Nuestras Voces playwriting competition, received productions at Teatro Luna (2003) and 16th Street Theatre (2008). Other awards include The Ofner Prize given by the Goodman Theatre, Finalist for the Christopher B. Wolk Award at Abingdon Theatre in NYC, nominee for the Wasserstein Prize, and winner of the Khan Award. Saracho's solo play Quita Mitos received a world premier with Teatro Luna in November of 2006 and has toured colleges and festivals, including the International Hispanic Theatre Festival and the Goodman's Latino Theatre Festival. Tanya's musical adaptation of Sandra Cisnero's The House on Mango Street is slated to open October 13 at Steppenwolf Theatre.