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September 18 Talent Bios

Hailing from Mexico where she developed a career as theater actress, stage director, vocalist, and educator, Laura Crotte has performed in full productions and staged readings with some of the main theaters in Chicago: Goodman, Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists, Silk Road Rising, 16th Street, Aguijòn, Teatrovista, Chopin, Raven, and Chicago Children´s.  As a vocalist, she has collaborated and been featured in Chicago Symphony Orchestra, House of Blues, Old Town School of Folk Music, Hot House, and Latino Cultural Center in UIC. Her touring with theater productions include many cities in Mexico, Cuzco, Buenos Aires, La Havana, and Montreal. Her own productions have been featured at Goodman Theater or Old Town, as well as schools, libraries, and community centers throughout the state. Her work as an educator with children and parents promotes early childhood development, Arts Education, and Art and Cultural integration. She is a binational promoter of Arts, Culture, and Education at the state level and beyond. Beside her work in film, theater, and music she has worked as a faculty member of Old Town School of Folk Music, a teaching artist for the Illinois and Arkansas Arts Councils serving public education, and a bilingual trainer for Parents in Education Engagement programs state wide frequently serving migrant communities throughout the state and beyond. 

Johanna McKenzie Miller Has appeared at the Theater at the Center, Munster: Christine in Phantom, Maria in Sound of Music, and Louise in Gypsy. Other credits include Bridges of Madison County, She Loves Me, Ms. Riley in October Sky, Claire in On The Town, and Marian in The Music Man (Marriott Theatre), Titania/ Hippolyta in A Midsummer Night’s Dream (First Folio), Catherine in Shinning Lives, a musical (Northlight Theatre), Julie Jordan in Carousel (Court Theater/ Long Wharf Theatre), Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein (Drury Lane Oakbrook Terrace) and Dianne in Million Dollar Quartet (Apollo Theatre),  Johanna has also worked at The Lyric Opera of Chicago, The Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, Chicago Children’s Theatre, and The Ravinia Festival.  She is the co-founder of Lombard Children’s Theater Workshop and a proud member of Actor’s Equity Association.

William Carlos Angulo is a Chicago-based performer and choreographer. Training includes Ballet Chicago's Professional Program, The Scholarship Program at Hubbard Street Dance Center, and Indiana University Bloomington where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre and Drama. He has performed with The Marriott Theatre, The Paramount Theatre, The Drury Lane Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, The Lyceum Theatre, Stages St Louis, The Finger Lakes Musical Theatre Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company, Theatre for The New City, Lincoln Center Theatre (LCT3), and The McCarter Theatre. Choreography includes the Chicago regional premier of Far From Heaven at Porchlight Music Theatre, The Full Monty at Penninsula Players, the Chicago premier of A Disappearing Number at Timeline Theatre Company, the world premier of La Havana Madrid at Steppenwolf Theatre Company and The Goodman Theatre, the regional premier of Bridges of Madison County at The Marriott Theatre, West Side Story (Jeff Award - Best Choreography) and the Chicago regional premier of Mamma Mia at The Paramount Theatre.

Michelle Lauto is currently starring as Sheila Franklin in HAIR at Mercury Theater.  Recent Performance credits include Spamilton (The Royal George), In The Heights (Porchlight Music Theatre), Xanadu (American Theater Co.), 35mm (Circle Theatre), The Boy From Oz (Jeff Nominated-Best Supporting Actress; Pride Films & Plays), and Murder Ballad (Bailiwick Chicago). Michelle is a proud graduate of The Second City Training Center Conservatory.

Nancy García Loza is a Chicago-based, Mexican-American playwright, storyteller, and producer. She serves as Co-Creative Director of the Alliance of Latinx Theater Artists (ALTA Chicago). 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 from which was birthed her new play Sleepwalk, she enjoyed a staged reading of a new play Rasca Cielos at the 2017 Chicago Theatre Marathon, attended SWARM as an SAAP Artist, and will perform a snapshot from her one-woman show Eckhart Park Echoes at 2017 PEACEBOOK Festival making stops at Goodman, Kelvyn Park, and ONE CITY festival. She is an Artistic Associate of the Teatro Vista family.  During the 2017/18 season she will also present a staged reading of her new play Hollywood G.T. Oh thru Semillero. She is writing plays, short stories, corridos, and a book of essays centered on her family and border fluidity.

Jazmín Corona is an actor, photographer, writer, teaching artist, and former dancer, born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. As an actor, she has worked with Free Street Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre, Goodman, Urban Theater Company, Chicago Dramatist, First Folio, Teatro Luna, Collaboraction, Babes With Blades, among others. TV credits include NBC's Chicago Fire. Film credits include Dawn (Jaime Mariscal) and The Southside Has Many Beauty Queens (Ricardo Gamboa), both having been shown at the Chicago Latino Film Festival with the latter winning the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film. Jazmín has been a featured artist with Proyecto Latina and her poetry and photography has been published in Rebeldes: A Proyecto Latina Anthology.  Actor/Photographer/Teaching Artist, twitter | facebook