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Photo: Sandra Delgado, creator of “La Havana Madrid,” also plays the title character in her immersive, documentary-style live theater experience. The production won the Outstanding Production of a Play ALTA Award | Joel Maisonet
The Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists has announced the winners of the inaugural ALTA Awards, celebrated on October 8th at Victory Gardens Theater.
In addition to twenty-seven individual and group categories, the ALTAs included four Legacy awards, dedicated to four artists, mentors, activists, and advocates who have made a positive impact on Latinx theater and the larger theater industry.
ALTA Legacy Awards
The María Irene Fornés Award: Kristiana Rae Colón for Tilikum at Sideshow Theatre Company
The Luis Alfaro Leadership Award: Nancy Garcia Loza at The Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists
The Migdalia Cruz Mentorship Award: Isaac Gómez at DePaul University
The Luis Valdez Arts Activism Award: Albany Park Theater Project
ALTA Award Winners
Outstanding Storyteller: Jasmin Cardenas for Am I, or Am I Not the Keeper of My Brother?
Outstanding Solo Performance: Nancy García Loza in Eckhart Park Echoes at Collaboraction
Outstanding Improviser: Ana Silva and Diego Sanchez (Tie)
Outstanding Choreography: William Carlos Angulo for La Havana Madrid at Teatro Vista with Goodman Theatre
Outstanding Fight Choreography or Intimacy Design: Gaby Labotka for A Story Told in Seven Fights at the Neo-Futurists
Outstanding Costume Design: Uriel Gómez for The Madres at Teatro Vista
Outstanding Lighting Design: Marcela Muñoz & Augusto Yanacopolous for Animales Nocturnos at Aguijón Theater
Outstanding Sound Design: Sarah D. Espinoza for The Displaced at Haven Theatre
Outstanding Prop Design: Augusto Yanacopolous for La Muerte y la Doncella at Aguijón Theater
Outstanding Projections/Visual Design: Alberto Mendoza for The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity at Red Theater
Outstanding Scenic Design: Regina García for Fade at Teatro Vista with Victory Gardens Theater
Outstanding Artistic Specialization: Stephanie Diaz for Puppet Design in Anna Karenina at Lifeline Theater
Outstanding Director of a Play: Ana Velazquez & Ricardo Gamboa for Meet Juan(ito) Doe at Free Street Theater
Outstanding Musical Production: The View Upstairs at Circle Theatre Chicago
Outstanding Musical Direction: Michelle J. Rodríguez for Vocal Direction & Roberto Carpacho for Band Direction in La Havana Madrid at Teatro Vista with Goodman Theatre
Outstanding Original Music in a Play: Coco Elysses, Melissa DuPrey, and Joyce Liza Rada Lindsey in Tilikum at Sideshow Theatre
Outstanding Director of a Musical: Jon Martinez for The Church of Modern Love at With a Machete Productions with Haven Theatre
Outstanding Ensemble: La Havana Madrid at Teatro Vista with Goodman Theatre
Outstanding Sketch or Ensemble: Generation Latinx and Dominizuelan (Tie)
Outstanding Improv Ensemble: Generation Latinx at iO
Outstanding Production of a Play: La Havana Madrid at Teatro Vista with Goodman Theatre
Outstanding Casting Direction: Stephanie Diaz at The Chicago Inclusion Project and 16th Street Theater
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play: Hannah Gomez in Plantation! at Lookingglass Theatre Company
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Musical: Selene Pérez in The View Upstairs at Circle Theatre Chicago
Outstanding Performer in a Sketch or Review: Marvin Quijada in Sound & Fury
Outstanding Actor in the Principal Role in a Musical: Isa Arciniegas in We’re Gonna Die at Haven Theatre
Outstanding Actor in the Principle Role in a Play: Karen Rodríguez in The Displaced at Haven TheatreOutstanding Stage Management: Cassie Calderone for Passover, BLKS, and Straight White Men at Steppenwolf Theatre Company.