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 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 is a Chicago-based, Mexican-American borderfluid writer. She serves as Co-Creative Director of the Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists (ALTA). Since its launch in 2014, she has participated in ALTA’s Chicago Latinx Playwrights Circle: El Semillero. Her inaugural play, MACHA: a pocha sister story, received commendation as a finalist for the Theater on the Lake in the Works: New Play Commission (2017). This summer, she joined the 2017 Fornés Playwriting Workshop culminating in a presentation at Greenhouse Theater from which she is developing a new play, Sleepwalk. She is expanding her story piece Eckhart Park Echoes (a one-woman show) into a full-length play, Rasca Cielos, and will present a staged reading of this new play via the Chicago Theatre Marathon in July 2017. She is beyond excited to bring a snapshot of Eckhart Park Echoes to the 2017 Peacebook Festival (Collaboraction & Goodman), performing at the Goodman, Kelvyn Park, and ONE CITY. As a storyteller, she made her stage debut this year with pieces including: Motherdom (Saints & Sinners - Collaboraction), Eckhart Park Echoes (Saints & Sinners - Steppenwolf), and Pepe El Toro (YO SOY Noche Victoria- Victory Gardens Theater). She is an Artistic Associate of the Teatro Vista family. She is thrilled to attend SWARM and work toward a new play, Hollywood G.T. Oh, as well as, a book of essays centered on her family and border fluidity.
Isaac Gomez is the Director of New Play Development at Victory Gardens Theater, where he coordinates the Ignition Festival of New Plays, the theater’s new play development program, the Public Programs event series, and has served as the production dramaturg on a number of plays including the Midwest premiere of Colm Toibin’s The Testament of Mary, Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden (starring acclaimed actress Sandra Oh) and the Midwest premiere of Ensemble Playwright and MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Samuel D. Hunter’s Rest. Upon moving to Chicago, Isaac completed a Literary/Dramaturgy internship at the Goodman Theatre, to which his dramaturgy credits included Cheryl West’s Pullman Porter Blues, Martin Zimmerman’s The Solid Sand Below, and Rebecca Gilman’s Luna Gale (Joseph Jefferson Award – Best New Play). As a playwright, his most recent works include The Women of Juarez (Cohen New Works Festival), an ethnographic piece centered on the mass murder of women in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. The Women of Juarez was additionally presented as a Lunada table reading with Chicago’s Teatro Luna, and is the recipient of the Austin Critics Table David Mark Cohen New Play Award for 2013. He is an Artistic Associate with Teatro Vista, and an active member of the national Latina/o Theater Commons. A recentgraduate of the University of Texas at Austin, Isaac is also a recipient of the University of Texas George H. Mitchell Award for Academic Excellence.
outreach & membership co-manager
Hannah has been an ALTA member for several years now but took on her administrative role with ALTA in the summer of 2016. She recently developed ALTA's new membership program. Hannah's professional experience may be found on http://linkedin.com/in/hegomez/ . While much of Hannah's administrative career has been spent doing behavior therapy, she also has much experience as an actor in Chicago. Some of the theaters she has worked with include Goodman Theatre, Theater Wit, American Theater Co., Rivendell Theater Ensemble, 16th Street Theater, Chicago Shakespeare, Teatro Luna, and several others. Her acting experience may be viewedhttp://hannahgomez.com/ . She is an acting alumnus of Illinois State University and has her Master’s in Behavior Analysis from the University of Cincinnati. She is a Native Texan, y'all.
outreach & membership co-manager
Erica Cruz Hernandez
Erica Cruz Hernandez 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).
Jo Ann Flores-Deter
Though her primary focus is concentrated in Stage Managing and Makeup Design, Jo has worn many hats throughout her career in live theatre production. Some of her credits include: SXF Assistant Makeup Artist for Baldwin Brothers and Sarai music video; Makeup and Hair Stylist to Tovah Feldshuh (for press interviews); Production Stage Manager for Barenaked Lads in the Great Outdoors and Shout! The Mod Musical; Stage Manager for The History Boys and Lunatic(a)s; Touring Stage Manager for multiple Nuns4Fun productions. Sine 2011, Jo has served the Latinx community of Chicago as an Associate for Events and is currently the Co-Marketing Director with ALTA (the Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists).
Lucas is a Chicago based writer and dramaturg from Albuquerque, NM. Lucas is also content creator for The Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists, a service organization that seeks to further the Latinx theatre movement in Chicago.
Angelica Acebedo-Frint 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. Sine 2011, Angelica has served the Latinx community of Chicago as an Associate and is currently ALTA (the Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists) Brand Manager.
Daniel B. Esquivel
Daniel B Esquivel 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.