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ALTA Chicago

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ALTA Chicago is a theater organization based in Chicago, Illinois. The Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists of Chicago (ALTA) is "dedicated to furthering the Chicago Latinx Theater movement by promoting, educating, representing, and unifying Latinx identified artists and their allies."[1] ALTA achieves this mission by recruiting members and providing them with outlets to showcase their work. Chicago is a city that is at the forefront of producing Latinx theater and giving Latinx artists voices[2]. Chicago based theaters with Latinx based mission statements include:

  • Aguijón Theater
  • Teatro Luna
  • Repertorio Latino Theater Company
  • Urban Theater Company
  • Teatro Vista

amongst many others.[3] ALTA Chicago was co-founded[4] in 2010 by Latinx, Chicago based, theater makers Tanya Saracho and Ricardo Gutierrez (Artistic Director of Teatro Vista). ALTA Chicago is currently co-directed by Nancy Garcia Loza and Issac Gomez.

Membership Benefits and Resources[edit]

Membership to ALTA Chicago is free to Latinx identifying theater makers in the Chicago area. There are many benefits to membership which includes access to their extensive collection of resources. ALTA Chicago makes many resources available to their actors. They frequently post audition notices, ticket discounts, and discussions about community issues on their Facebook page[5]. They also provide actors with headshot photographers as well as access to casting and talent agencies. They have started a playwriting group by the name of El Semillero where playwrights can write new works, culminating in a series of public readings of the new works[6]. ALTA Chicago also makes resume writing resources readily available to their members[7]. They also provide rehearsal and performance space contacts to those in need of those resources[8]. ALTA also provides members just getting started in the theater industry with access to training resources[9]. ALTA has also created the ALTA Artist Database, or AAD, which lets users search for Chicago based, Latinx theater artists for casting purposes[10]. ALTA Chicago has maintained a podcast as well, called Pajaritos (little birdies), which sets out to tell stories of the variety of Latinx talent available in Chicago[11]. ALTA also maintains dramaturgy hours which allow for playwrights to meet dramaturgs who can provide feedback on their work[12]. These meetings happen monthly. ALTA Chicago runs a blog as well which features posts about current events concerning the Latinx theater community as well as Latinx theater productions in the Chicago area[13]. Furthermore, ALTA Chicago provides resources for grants and funding resources[14] to help fund the work they want to help produce.

Projects and Events[edit]

Recently, in 2017, ALTA Chicago member Ricardo Gamboa[15] wrote, directed, and acted in a web series called Brujos[16] which follows four young, gay, Latinx men who practice brujeria, or magic, typically of the dark kind. In the summer of 2017, The Chicago Theatre on the Lake Festival[17] staged a Spanish language adaptation of Romeo and Juliet produced by the Aguijón Theater[18] with translations by Gerardo Cárdenas and direction by Sándor Menéndez. The off-Broadway theatre Primary Stages produced a reading[19] of Issac Gomez's[20] La Ruta within their Einhorn School of Performing Arts (ESPA). Gomez has worked at ALTA Chicago as a writer and dramaturg. ALTA Chicago's El Semillero playwriting group has current writers and alumnus getting their work produced in Chicago and around the country[21]. Their current writers include Jose Nateras, Issac Gomez, Karen Isabel Rodriguez, Krystal Ortiz, Nancy Garcia Loza, Nelson A. Rodriguez (artistic director of Pride Films and Plays), Sandra Delgado (most recently seen in Roberto Bolano's 2666 at The Goodman Theatre in 2016), Wilfred Ramos Jr. (whose play Incorporate received a reading in 2017), Lucas Garcia, and Ryan Oliviera. Notable alum include Ariel Zatina (whose play British Honduras Fantasy received a production with Feast Productions[22]), Guadalís Del Carmen (whose play Tolstoy's Daughters received a reading in New York City with the Quick Silver Theater Company’s Playwrights of Color Summit in 2016), Juan Francisco Villa (starring in The Public Theater's production of Luis Alfaro's Oedipus El Rey in 2017), and Lorena Diaz (appearing on Chicago Med, Chicago P.D., and Chicago Fire).

The best way to stay updated on ALTA Chicago's events is to like their Facebook page which maintains a list of all upcoming shows, dramaturgy hours, open auditions, and community forums.

References[edit]

  1. "MISSION & TEAM". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  2. "A Snapshot of Latina/o Theatre in Chicago". HowlRound. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  3. "Theaters". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  4. "Member Emeritus". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  5. "ALTA - The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  6. "a Chicago latinx playwrights' circle". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  7. "Résumés". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  8. "Theater Space". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  9. "Training". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  10. "Hire.Cast.Recruit". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  11. "a Chicago latinx theater podcast". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  12. "Collaborate & consult". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  13. "PERSPECTIVAS". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  14. "Grants, Residences & Talent Development". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  15. "Ricardo Gamboa". IMDb. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  16. "BRUJOS". Open TV. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  17. Desk, BWW News. "Spanish Adaptation of ROMEO AND JULIET & More Set for Theater on the Lake's 65th Season". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  18. "aguijontheater.org". aguijontheater.org. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  19. Desk, BWW News. "Primary Stages Announces 8th Annual ESPA Drills Readings and More". BroadwayWorld.com. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  20. "Isaac Gomez". HowlRound. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  21. "a Chicago latinx playwrights' circle". The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago. Retrieved 2017-12-11.
  22. "Projects". FEAST. Retrieved 2017-12-11.


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