The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago (ALTA) exists as a nexus for the thriving landscape of Latinx theatre artists in the Chicagoland area. ALTA is a volunteering service organization dedicated to furthering the Chicago Latinx Theater movement by promoting, educating, representing, and unifying Latinx identified artists and their allies.
Nancy García Loza
Nancy García Loza(she/her/hers) is a borderfluid Mexicana Americana playwright rooted in Chicago & Jalisco. She has participated in ALTA Chicago’s Latinx Playwrights Circle: El Semillero since its launch. Her inaugural play, MACHA: a pocha sister story, was a 2017 finalist for the Theater on the Lake In The Works: New Play Commission. This summer, she continued her development in the 2017 Fornés Playwriting Workshop and as a SWARM SAAP Artist. In 2017, readings of her playwriting & storytelling work have appeared in the Chicago Theatre Marathon, PEACEBOOK (Collaboraction, Goodman – full production), Saints & Sinners (Collaboraction, Steppenwolf), Black Ensemble Theater, ENCOUNTER Festival (Collaboraction, Theater on the Lake, Chicago Park Dist.), Cast & Loose Live (Joe's Pub at The Public- NYC), and more. This February, she joins HBMG Foundation in Creede, CO to continue developing MACHA during the 2018 National Winter Playwrights Retreat.
She is an Artistic Associate of the Teatro Vista family, the Co-Creative Director of The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists in Chicago, and has served on the Latinx Theater Commons Steering Committee since 2013. In 2017, she launched an organic initiative to organize Pop-Up Latinx Playwrights Circles in cities that she visits- next stop being the Sin Muros festival in Houston.
In 2018, she was featured in TCG’s American Theatre Magazine Roll Call Series and has a forthcoming interview in the digital interview series with 50 Playwrights Project. She will kick off 2018 with a production of her short play Jets, Sharks, and Beckys at Collaboraction's Encounter Series Festival (with tours to Theatre on the Lake & the Chicago Park District). She makes a petit NYC debut this January with an untitled 1-minute play in Cast & Loose Live at Joe’s Pub at The Public Theater. This May, she presents a new play Hollywood G.T. Oh during the 2018 El Semillero Public Reading Series of New Work.
Isaac Gomez (he/him/his) is a Chicago-based playwright and educator, originally from El Paso, Texas/Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. His plays include La Ruta (developed at Primary Stages, Steppenwolf Theater Company, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Goodman Theatre, and Pivot Arts); Wally World (Sideshow Theater Company Commission); PerKup Elkhorn (developed at Northlight Theatre and Chicago Dramatists); The Way She Spoke: A docu-mythologia (WP: Greenhouse Theater Center, 2016; The VORTEX, 2018); The Displaced (WP: Haven Theatre, 2018); Throwaway Kids (Cunningham Commission for Youth Theatre -- The Theatre School at DePaul University); The Soul of the World (Actors Theatre of Louisville Acting Apprentice New Play Commission). Other companies he's worked with include Victory Gardens Theater, American Theater Company, Teatro Vista, Definition Theater Company, Jackalope Theatre, Broken Nose Theater, Stage Left, and Something Marvelous. He is the recipient of the 2017 Jeffry Melnick New Playwright Award at Primary Stages, an inaugural 3Arts “Make A Wave” grantee, an Elizabeth George Commissioned Playwright at South Coast Repertory, a member of the 2017-18 Goodman Theatre’s Playwrights Unit, Co-Creative Director at the Alliance of Latinx Theatre, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate with Victory Gardens Theater, Ensemble Member with Teatro Vista, Artistic Associate with Pivot Arts, Artistic Curator for Theater on the Lake 2017/2018, a steering committee member of the Latinx Theatre Commons (LTC) and an artistic community member at The Hypocrites in Chicago. He is a Professional Lecturer at The Theatre School at DePaul University.
Director of MEmbership
Hannah Gomez (she/her/hers) is a Texican actor, administrator, and behavior analyst currently residing in Chicago. Some of her Chicago acting credits include Diana in Lookingglass Theatre’s production of Plantation! under the direction of David Schwimmer, Miss Ortle in Goodman Theatre's A Christmas Carol, Colleen/Lisa in the Chicago premiere of Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play at Theater Wit, Maribel in Rivendell Theatre Ensemble’s Crooked for which she received a nomination for the Equity Jeff Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Cha-Cha in American Theater Co.’s The Original Grease which received the Equity Jeff Award for Outstanding Musical, and Gaby in 16th Street Theater’s Pinkolandia in collaboration with The Lark Play Development Center.
She is the Director of Membership of The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists in Chicago, and has served on the Latinx Theater Commons Steering Committee since 2017. In 2016, she helped ALTA launch its new membership program which serves to provide visibility and service access to the Chicago Latinx Theater Community.
Hannah Gomez was born and raised in Arlington, Texas. She received her bachelor’s in Acting from Illinois State University and her master’s in Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. Her behavioral career has largely focused on improving the lives of children, teens, and adults with Autism. She is passionate about her work in each community, artistic, scientific, and multicultural, from which she receives great growth and fulfillment. Learn more about Hannah at hannahgomez.com .
director of professional development
Erica Cruz Hernandez
Erica Cruz Hernandez (she/her/hers) is a Chicago performer, talent agent, and ensemble member with Chicago’s Spanish speaking Aguijón Theater Company. As a performer, select credits with Aguijón include La Chunga. Querido Voyeur, Antigona, and the bilingual production of Soldaderas at the company’s home theatre here in Chicago, in addition to performances for the Goodman Theatre’s Latino Theatre Festival and the Festival de Mujeres en Escena por la Paz in Bogotá, Colombia. As an agent with Lily’s Talent Agency she has booked talent for numerous commercials and tv shows such as Chicago Fire, Med, PD, Empire and has booked models for print clients such as Coca-Cola, Groupon, Kohls, and Bon-Ton among others. Erica is also a fierce advocate for diversity in the arts and is an administrative associate with ALTA Chicago (the Alliance of Latin Theatre Artists).
co-DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Lucas Garcia (they/them/theirs) is a Chicago based writer and dramaturg from Albuquerque, NM. They are also Content Coordinator for the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists, and are a member of El Semillero, ALTA's Latinx playwriting circle. Lucas has worked as a dramaturg with TimeLine Theatre Company (In the Next Room), Steppenwolf Theatre Company (La Ruta, Pass Over), The Hypocrites (W;t), Chicago Dramatists (Lorca in New York, Felons and Familis) and is a guest dramaturg at ALTA's Open Dramaturgy Office Hours. Lucas also writes as a theatre critic for Rescripted: An artist-led platform for critique, discussion, and writing. Their creative work can be found most recently on the blog of The Brillantina Project, plainchina, VCU’s anthology of undergraduate work, and in Re: Visions, the literary journal of the University of Notre Dame’s Creative Writing department. Lucas has performed recently as part of Safe Haven, Haven Theatre company’s pop-up event series. Their play, Out of Orbit, was produced as part of 2015 ND Theatre NOW! at the University of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Center for the Performing Arts.
Co-DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS
Angelica Acebedo-Frint (she/her/hers) is a Chicago-based, Colombian Art Director and Actor. She received her B.F.A in Visual Communication and B.A. in Corporate Communication from Northern Illinois University. Since 2011, Angelica has served the Latinx community of Chicago as an Associate and is currently ALTA (the Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists) Brand Manager. www.angelicafrint.com
director of digital media
Daniel B. Esquivel
Daniel B Esquivel (he/him/his) is currently a student at Illinois State University, graduating in May of 2018, and splitting time between his studies and the Chicago theatre scene. He is receiving his B.S. in Theatre with two minors in Spanish and Latin American and Latinx Studies. During his time at ISU, he studied Theatre Education, Directing, Acting, Prop Design and Construction, Producing, and Dramaturgy.
At ISU, Daniel founded the Latin American Theatre Association (LATA), an organization based on the production of Latinx Theatre and creating a community for Latinx Theatre Artists at ISU, where none existed. He also served as the Co-President of Illinois State Theatre Outreach Program (ISTOP), an organization committed to producing theatre with a social purpose, a TYA focus, and incorporating community service outreach with a social justice impulse. He also served as the Producorial & Campus Liaison for FreeStage, a pre-professional production company where he oversaw over 40 theatre shows. He also served as the Student Representative for the Illinois High School Theatre Festival (IHSTF), the largest theatre festival of its kind, where he organized over 100 volunteers in the execution of the festival.
Daniel has worked as a director on various productions such as My Existence is Resistance, Antígona Furiosa by Griselda Gambaro, and his own short film. He has also served as assistant director on various projects, most notably, GALA Hispanic Theatre in Washington D.C., during the Paso Nuevo summer youth program, where he guided the participants in creating devised vignettes. As an actor, he has also appeared in the U.S. Premiere of The Heresy of Love by Helen Edmundson and the Midwest Premiere of Falling by Deanna Jent.
Director of networking & partnerships
Cruz Gonzalez-Cadel (She/her/hers) is an Argentinean actor, singer and dancer currently based in Chicago. Born and raised in Buenos Aires, she received her degree in acting from the Universidad del Salvador. In Chicago she continued her training by taking classes at Black Box Acting, Vagabond School of the Arts, Acting Studio and graduating from the iO Theatre Improv program. Favorite Chicago credits include: the critically acclaimed "Lela & Co."(Steep Theatre), which earned her a spot in Chris's Jones 'top 10 stage performances of 2017', La Havana Madrid and i put the fear of Mexico in 'em (Teatro Vista), Electra (Court Theatre), You on the Moors Now (The Hypocrites), The Compass (Steppenwolf Theatre), The Grown Up (Shattered Globe Theatre), The Life and Death of Madam Barker (Red Tape Theatre), Your Problem With Men (Teatro Luna), The Clean House (Something Marvelous) and Corazon de Manzana (Mortar Theatre). Film and TV credits include: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and The Chi (Showtime). She was featured as one of the Chicago Tribune's '10 Hot New Faces of Chicago Theatre' in 2017. Cruz is a proud Ensemble Member at Teatro Vista and Casting Director for Something Marvelous, a festival of magical realism. www.cruzgonzalezcadel.com
Ryan Oliveira is a Brazilian-American playwright, performer, dramaturg, and poet. He is originally from Miami, FL. Recent developments include: Desire in a Tinier House (Commission Theatre Co., 2017); stray (Chicago Dramatists, 2017); and Jellyfish Queer (Semillero, 2017). His short works, Migration and Here (three elegies for a gay club), have been part of NoPassport Theatre’s Theatre Actions (2017 Climate Change and 2016 Pulse, respectively). He was the Romulus Linney Scholar at the 2016 Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and has been a finalist for the 2016 Fetzer Foundation for Emerging Artists Grant (Passing Time in Animal Town), a semi-finalist for the 2016 O’Neill Theatre Conference (Chaos) and Disquiet Luso-American Fellowship (“The Strays of Piumhi”), and semi-finalist for the 2015 PlayPenn Conference (The Rigel Event). He has served as dramaturg with The New Colony in Chicago for Spenser Davis’ Merge (2016) and Michael Allen Harris’ Punk (2017). He also produced the 2017 Fornés Workshop and helped curate the 2017 Chicago Theatre Marathon. MFA: The University of Iowa (2015). BA: Cornell University (2008).