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.
Tanya Saracho was born in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, México. She is a playwright and Television Writer who's worked one "How To Get Away With Murder," HBO's "Looking," "Girls," and "Devious Maids." Named "Best New Playwright" by Chicago Magazine, Saracho has had plays produced at: Primary Stages in NYC, 2nd Stage in NYC, Denver Theatre Center, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, The Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf Theater, Teatro Vista, Teatro Luna, Fountain Theater, Clubbed Thumb, NEXT Theater and 16th Street Theater. Saracho was named one of nine national Latino "Luminarios" by Café magazine and given the first "Revolucionario" Award in Theater by the National Museum of Mexican Art. She is the co-founder of Teatro Luna (the first all-Latina Theatre Company in the nation) as well as the co-founder of ALTA (Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists). She is currently in development STARZ and Big Beach Films and under commission with: South Coast Repertory Theatre and Two Rivers Theatre. Tanya is proud SAG/AFTRA actor.
Ricardo is the Executive Artistic Director of Teatro Vista where he has directed A View From The Bridge, Momma’s Boyz, i put the fear of mexico in’em, and La Magica Posada. Gutierrez has served as the Artistic Director of Nostotros in Los Angeles, The Canterbury Theatre in Indiana, and Absolute Shakespeare in Chicago.
Regionally, Ricardo has guest directed at Theatre 40, Nosotros, the Bilingual Foundation of the Arts, The Double Image Theatre, Loyola University and the University of Texas Pan Am. Gutierrez is the co-founder and Director of the Alliance of Latino Theatre Artists Chicago (ALTAchicago), a service organization dedicated to promoting and fostering Latino/a theatre artists in Chicago.
As a producer, he has hired, supervised and evaluated artistic personnel for over one hundred theatrical productions.
As an actor, Gutierrez most recently appeared in the world premiere of The Upstairs Concierge at the Goodman Theatre where he was also recently seen in the world premieres of Song For The Disappeared and Fishmen. Gutierrez has appeared on stage at the Actors Theatre in Louisville, The Denver Center Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Victory Gardens Theatre, and at Lookingglass Theatre. He can be seen in the USA television show, Sirens.
Nancy García Loza
Nancy García Loza is a Chicago-based, Mexican-American writer and producer. She received her B.A. from DePaul University with a double concentration in Latina/o/x & Latin American Studies and Spanish. She serves as Co-Creative Director of The Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists of Chicago – a service organization dedicated to furthering the Chicago Latinx Theater movement. From its launch, she has participated in El Semillero: ALTA Chicago’s Latino Playwrights Circle where she wrote and developed her first play: MACHA: a pocha sister story (ALTA Chicago - workshop). She is a national steering committee member of the Latinx Theater Commons (LTC) since its inception. She led the Chicago Host Committee for the 2015 LTC Carnaval of New Latina/o Work, co-producing the Carnaval’s Noche Victoria – a salonesque evening of performances showcasing the breadth of Chicago’s Latinx theater talent to over 200 LTC national conveners. From 2012-14, she served as Executive Director for Colectivo El Pozo, a Spanish-language theater collective. During those three seasons, she oversaw administrative duties, artistic collaborations, and new play development. In 2012, she served as Marketing Coordinator for the 2012 YO SOLO Festival of Latino Solo Shows (Teatro Vista & Collaboraction), a role she has revisited on a few more occasions with other productions/companies.
She is an Artistic Associate at Teatro Vista. She is working on some plays, short stories, and more.
In her day life, she is Director for Elementary and Latino Outreach at Junior Achievement of Chicago, personally overseeing 30+ school partnerships, overall charged with 150+ school partners and their corresponding volunteer base. She is a Board Member of Mujeres Latinas en Acción and Alumni Member of Mujeres’ YPAC.
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).
J. Antonio grew up in the very small town of Steger, Illinois; and as early as the age of four, can remember spending all of his time in his childhood bedroom creating stories and watching re-runs of The Dick Van Dyke Show, Get Smart, and Carol Burnett to study the rhythm and timing of each story. Being the oldest of three, Mendoza would force his younger brother to re-enact each sketch with him and the two would start creating their own programming to show their mother, then their grandparents, and then the kids at school.
Mendoza is a graduate of Millikin University with degrees in both English and Theater, with a focus in Playwriting. As the Director of Special Programs at the Illinois Theater Center, he developed the Hispanic Theater Project, giving an opportunity for local Latino artists to create and establish themselves in the Chicago theater community.
Mendoza has written and directed Graham Cracker, Andy & Johnny, & Stuffing the Turkey and is one of the founding members of BSPfilm and is currently the Managing Director for the company.
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.