Our Family

FOUNDERS

Marilyn Camacho
Madrid St. Angelo
Ivan Vega


STAFF / ENSEMBLE

IvanVega

Ivan Vega

Executive Director/Ensemble

UTC Productions: Short EyesEulogy For A Small Time Thief, 365 Days/Plays (Director) Broken Thread, Cuba and His Teddy Bear, Beauty of the Father, Fucking A (Producer), R.A.W. Series 2013 (Actor), Julia de Burgos: Child of Water (Actor/Producer)

IVAN VEGA is an actor, co-founder and Executive Director of UTC. In 2005, Vega led the company as its first Artistic Director. He has been a part of the many difficult and wonderful changes that have taken place since its inception and is extremely excited about what the future will bring for UTC. His credits include: “Augusta and Noble”/Adventure Stage Chicago; “Beauty of the Father”/UTC; “Life is a Dream”/Vitalist Theatre; “A Lover’s Dismantling: Fragments of a Scenic Discourse”/Goodman’s Latino Theater Festival/UTC; “Cuba and His Teddy Bear”/UTC; “Broken Thread”/UTC; Katrina: The Girl Who Wanted Her Name Back”/Adventure Stage Chicago; “Eulogy for a Small Time Thief” at Batey Urbano/UTC (2007 After Dark Award for Outstanding Performance as ‘David Dancer’) & “Hortensia and the Museum of Dreams”/Victory Gardens. Other credits include: “Short Eyes” at Aguijón Theater/UTC; “Two Sister’s and a Piano”/Apple Tree/Teatro Vista; “References To Salvador Dali Make Me Hot”/Bailiwick; “Perversiones”/Aguijón Theater (2004 International Theater Festival in Arequipa/Cusco, Peru); “Bodas de Sangre” at Aguijón & “Anna In The Tropics” at Victory Gardens. Mr.Vega holds his Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in acting from the Theatre Conservatory at Roosevelt University. www.ivanvega.com


JasminCardenas

Jasmin Cardenas

Community Conexíon/Ensemble

UTC Productions: Beauty of the FatherA Lover’s Dismantling: Fragments of a Lovers Discourse and R.A.W. Series 2013: Devil Land (Spring 2014), R.A.W. Series 2015

Jasmin Cardenas is an actress, performer, bilingual storyteller, arts educator, social activist and proud mother of Mateo. Jasmin has enjoyed acting with a variety of companies in Chicago including The Goodman Theatre,  Adventure Stage Chicago, Lifeline Theater, Teatro Luna, Collaboraction, Aguijon Theater, Pegasus Players, 20% Theater, and 16thStreet Theater to name a few.  Jasmin has written, produced and toured Niña Buena?, an original solo show throughout Chicago and to the XIX “Susana Alexander” International Theater festival in Puebla, Mexico. Jasmin is a proud union member of the Screen Actors Guild, an active board of The Pedagogy and Theater of the Oppressed and is a winner of the 2013 RaceBridges Storytelling Fellowship


Tony Bruno

Company Manager 

Has designed sound for UTC’s Cuba and his Teddy BearFirst ClassDevil Land and Julia De Burgos: Child of Water and will serve as production manager and resident sound designer for Adoration of the Old Woman.


Nydia Castillo has been an Aguijón Theater ensemble member since 2001, where her acting credits include Monday Falls on León Rodríguez, The Virtuous Burglar, The House of Bernarda Alba, Yerma, Eréndira, Las Soldaderas, Antígona, Within, Querido Voyeur andBlowout! Other stage credits in Chicago include Blood Wedding with La Molécula Artística, and in Puerto Rico, where she worked as a runway model and radio personality, her acting credits include: Puerto Rico Fuà, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Fela!

Melissa DuPrey is an actor and comic whose solo show, SEXomedy, is Chicago Reader Recommended, a Member’s Pick, and had a successful debut Off-Broadway in New York. Her second solo show, SUSHI-frito, has also been critically acclaimed as part of MPAACT’s Signature Series for solo artists. She made her Goodman Theatre in the world premiere ofLuna Gale (Lourdes), and reprised that role in the show’s Los Angeles premiere. She was selected as a new talent for the 2014 ABC Diversity Showcase and is currently the Producing Associate with Pegasus Theatre Chicago and an artist-in-residence at Free Street Theatre. As a teaching artist, she partners with such programs and institutions as After School Matters, The Lyric Opera, and The Puerto Rican Arts Alliance.

Tamika Lecheé Morales is a very proud Puerto Rican! She made her UTC debut in the Chicago Premiere of Julia De Burgos: Child of Water.  Three adjectives to describe her are passionate, relentless and raw which also describes her play, The Nuyorican, where she recounts her struggles growing up with her eccentric Abuela in the projects of Coney Island determined to change her socio-economic status despite all odds and become the woman she is meant to be. The Nuyorican, kicked off  UTC’s Third Annual R.A.W. (Real. Aggressive. Writing) Series (2015).  You may have also seen her in Sabina Berman’s Between Pancho Villa and a Naked Woman/Gina. José Rivera’s, Cloud Tectonics/Celestina Del Sol, John Enright’s Ready or Not/ Norma. Tamika is also a proud Ensemble member of Halcyon Theatre.

Andrew Neftalí Perez is delighted to be an ensemble member with UrbanTheater Company. Andrew is a Chicago based actor born and raised in Logan Square. He is currently pursuing his BFA in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He graduates in the spring of 2017.

Liza Anna Acosta is This Boricua migrated to the US to study everything related to books and then to teach everything related to books. She has read a thousand and one plays and lived in a few of them. One day, she she ventured into Mexico for a month and ran into Sabina Berman who taught her something about theater and analyzed her dreams. One of those dreams came true and she ended up as an ensemble member of Teatro Luna where she does some things literary and theatrical. Those things happen mostly at night. During daytime hours she teaches at North Park University, where she is also an Associate Dean. Besides dramaturgy, coffee and chocolate,  she loves writing about nuns, her family, and the peculiar.


ENSEMBLE MEMBERS EMERITUS

Marilyn Camacho
Guadalís Del Carmen
Esteban Andrés Cruz
Matt Dreier
Hank Hilbert


RESIDENT DESIGNER’S

Anthony Aicardi

Company Photographer

Antonio Bruno

Sound Designer

Topher McCulloch

Graphic Designer / Website

Ivy Reid

Lighting Designer

Fredy Rocha

Costume Designer


ADVISORY BOARD

William Hayashi – Author
Elayne LeTraunik – Artistic Director, Genesis Theatrical
José E. López – Professor, Executive Director Puerto Rican Cultural Center
Marty McCaffrey – Principal at Ledger General
Mike Oquendo – Mikey O Comedy Show & Producer
Kamilah Rashied – Asst. Dir. of Community Programs & Engagement at The Art Institute of Chicago
David Schmitz – Executive Director of Steppenwolf Theatre
Cándido Tirado – Director & Playwright