UrbanTheater Company is committed to centralizing the power and talents that are innate in every person to tell their communities stories. We serve as a pipeline for a diverse and culturally specific collective of Chicago actors, designers, and producers who embrace the responsibility to create an environment full of honesty, integrity, representation, and acceptance. We create innovative and accessible theater that challenges Eurocentric styles and training.
UrbanTheater Company was founded in 2005 by a Latino ensemble deeply rooted in their community and culture. In 2005, UTC presented its inaugural production of Miguel Piñero’s 1974 Drama Critics Circle Award and Obie Award-winning play Short Eyes, directed by Court Theatre’s Resident Artist/Director Ron OJ Parson. The theatrical community’s support of UTC’s inaugural offering and the critical success of Short Eyes led to UTC dedicating its Premiere Season to producing the Major Plays of Miguel Piñero. In 2006, UTC produced two more Piñero plays, both Midwest Premieres: The Sun Always Shines for the Cool, directed by UTC Co-Founder Madrid St. Angelo and Eulogy for A Small Time Thief, directed by Collaboraction Theater’s Joel Moormon. Both plays were critically acclaimed by Chicago’s theatrical community and garnered UTC with two awards and citations: PerformInk and Gay Chicago’s Top Ten Best of the Year, The Sun Always Shines for the Cool; After Dark Best Actor and Best Set Design, UTC Co-Founder, Ivan Vega and Jorge Félix, respectively.
As a platform for multicultural representation in the arena of performance and story-telling, UTC continues to serve as a bridge between artists of all mediums, our varying and respective communities of color and our communities’ youth. UTC engages itself in the work of community responsibility and has worked to raise awareness concerning many of the social issues facing our diverse backgrounds.
Madrid St. Angelo
Initially incorporated as Teatro Urbano and was an in house theater at Segundo Ruiz Belviz Cultural Center when located at 1632 N. Milwaukee (Wicker Park).
Reincorporated as UrbanTheater Company (UTC). It was co-founded by Ivan Vega, Marilyn Camacho, Madrid St. Angelo, Ramses Jimenez, Blas Ortiz, and Remy O’Brien. The season was inaugurated with “Short Eyes” by Miguel Piñero directed by Ron OJ Parson.
Plays by Miguel Piñero and José Rivera with guest directors Joel Moorman and Nikkieli DeMone
UTC Gaining Recognition
Marti Lyons directs “Brain People” and UTC gains recognition and performs and partners with the Goodman for the Latino Theater Festival.
Steppenwolf invites UTC to the Garage Rep, we present Midwest premier “Sonnets For an Old Century”
Humboldt Park becomes Permanant Home
UTC makes Humboldt Park its permanent home!
The launch of Teatro Thursdays and Teatro Sunday’s Brunch and Play by partnering with Humboldt Park restaurants to give the community exposure and increase revenue for local businesses.
Collaboration with Genesis Theatrical
Awarded $25,000 in collaboration with Genesis Theatrical from Chicago Community Trust for Culture and Diversity
Mikey O Partnership
>Mikey O partnership and present a sold-out production of Carmen Rivera’s “La Gringa”
Implementation of Board of Directors & More
Implementation of Board of Directors – invited to be a part of CLATA’s inaugural International Latino Festival and are awarded $12,500, Began a partnership with Pa’ Lante Theater Company “From Humboldt Park to Holyoke” with a travel production of “La Gringa” in Holyoke, MA with a 48.4% Puerto Rican population.
Rebuild of La Esceula de Artes Plásticas y Diseños
Raised 10K with the help of community partners to rebuild La Esceula de Artes Plásticas y Diseños in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico with a performance of “La Gringa”
Awarded $16,500 from Arts Work Fund, $30,000 from Field Foundation and $25,000 from Paul M. Angell Foundation.
2620 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
BOX OFFICE Hours
Monday - Friday: 10am – 5pm
Weekends: 10am – 9pm