Rodriguez was selected for nomination alongside several other individuals who will be nominated in various categories. Rodriguez has worked with CTG in various roles since 1995. She previously served as director and resident artist of the Latino Theatre Initiative from 1995 to 2005. Rodriguez was also an artistic associate at the Cornerstone Theater Company from 1999 to 2005. She is a co-founder of Latins Anonymous and El Teatro de la Esperanza. Rodriguez was a leading actress for the Chicano theatre company, El Teatro Campesino from 1973 to 1984. She won an OBIE Award for Tale of Two Cities: an American Joyride on Multiple Tracks. Rodriguez is the current president of the Theatre Communications Group board of directors.
The National Council on the Arts is led by Jane Chu, who is the chairwoman of the NEA.