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Ricardo Gutierrez
Artistic Director

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 Nosotros 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. 

JOSÉ ANTONIO CRUZ
DEVELOPMENT & MANAGING DIRECTOR

José Antonio Cruz is an arts management executive with extensive experience in fundraising, performing arts production, marketing, and public relations. José worked as Associate Producer and Board Member for New York’s Repertorio Español for 11 years until 2014, when he relocated to Chicago. During his time with Repertorio, José championed the company’s mission to present the best of Latin American, Spanish and Hispanic-American theatre through the production of numerous plays and musicals. In this role, he made major operational, strategic, and marketing and fundraising improvements. These include creating and implementing short-term strategic plans, forging new artist relations, and developing innovations to improve the audience experience. As a result, ticket sales increased by 74% and donations from individuals rose by 34%. José also played key roles in the implementation of an extensive education program that reached over 18,000 public school students per year, as well as a variety of initiatives to develop Latino artistic talent.

José holds a Master of Arts in Performing Arts Administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree, both from New York University. He is bilingual in English and Spanish, and currently lives in Chicago’s Goose Island neighborhood with his wife, Christine. 


Staff

Tom Vega-Byrnes, Financial Director, Board Member
Rae Shuman, Graphic Designer
Ramón Ybarra, Education Outreach
Cruz González-Cadel, Social Media Coordinator

PRESS & MEDIA RELATIONS

Jay Kelly
L.C. Williams & Associates
jkelly@lcwa.com, 312.565.4623, 312.315.3935 (cell)