Our Voices. Nuestras Voces.
The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) is a transformative cultural engine helping drive our local Latino theater community to a more prominent level. Our organization is an ambitious and impactful program –which is urgently needed for our city as we wrestle with issues of cultural equity and inclusion.
It is a goal of ours to build a stronger foundation for the future Latino theater artists to thrive and grow!
The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that was formed in 2016 by the three most prominent Chicago Latino arts organizations: International Latino Cultural Center, National Museum of Mexican Art, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance and arts executive, Myrna Salazar, with the generous support of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and Allstate Insurance Company.
The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) is committed to enticing, fostering and showcasing new thought provoking works of emerging Latino playwrights, while preserving and promoting the best works of classic and contemporary artists, to inspire a cross-cultural audience.
CLATA works to showcase existing and new thought provoking U.S. Latino playwrights, actors and directors primarily in Chicago, along with national and international counterparts. CLATA strives to preserve cultural heritage and serve as a conduit to promote and identify new and exciting works.
Our goals are to create a permanent home for Chicago’s Latino theater groups and companies. To create the country’s leading international Latino theater festival with an emphasis on showcasing local Latino theater artists and companies. CLATA also aims to provide technical and professional support for Chicago’s Latino theater groups and companies.
Myrna SalazarCo-Founder & Executive Director
A native of Puerto Rico and raised in Chicago, Myrna Salazar began her career as an Economic Development Specialist at the West Town Economic Development Corporation. In that capacity, she generated over $10 million in procurement housing and business development from both the private and public sectors. During that time, she completed a two-year fellowship with the National Economic Development Council and was appointed by the then Mayor of Chicago, Jane Byrne, to the Chicago Board of Education where she served for five years.
From 2007 through 2011, Ms. Salazar acted as the Director of Development & Marketing at the International Latino Cultural Center of Chicago (ILCC), which produces the Annual Chicago Latino Film Festival (CLFF), among other programs.
Ms. Salazar has been a recipient of numerous awards and recognitions from many organizations including, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Illinois Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, ASPIRA of Illinois, the Latino Fashion Week and Teatro Vista.
Martin R. CastroPresident
Interim CEO, Casa Central & President, Castro Synergies
Marty Castro served as Chairman of the United States Commission on Civil Rights (“USCCR”), by appointment of President Barack Obama, from 2011 until December 2016. Mr. Castro was the first Latino Chairperson in the history of the USCCR.
Carlos HernandezVice President
Founder & Executive Director, Puerto Rican Arts Alliance
Presently, Carlos directs all cultural programming, office operations, fundraising, board development and volunteer recruitment for the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance. Most recently, Carlos completed PRAA’s $2.5 million capital campaign drive and established an expanded Puerto Rican/Latino cultural center in the Logan Square/Avondale community of Chicago.
an archival effort aimed at documenting the historical migration contribution of the Puerto Rican community; guides its Taino Project and the exhibition and studio arts programs, among others.
Carlos Tortolero Treasurer
President & Founder, National Museum of Mexican Art
Carlos Tortolero is the Founder and President of the National Museum of Mexican Art. The Museum was founded in 1982 and opened its doors in 1987 with a collection of 800 pieces of art. Today, with a budget of approximately $5 million and a Permanent Collection of 10,000 pieces, the Museum is the largest Latino arts institution in the nation.
Chair, Illinois Human Rights Comission & President, Global Diversity Solutions Group
She also co-authored the book “The Complete Job Search Guide for Latinos” published by Barron’s Educational Series.
Rosemary obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Antonio R. GuillenBoard Member
President of Wintrust Bank Pilsen, and Senior Vice-President of Commercial Lending & Diverse Markets Manager
Antonio also serves as the President of the Hispanic Bankers Association (HBA), and serves on several other Boards including Little Village Chamber of Commerce (LVCC), Eighteenth Street Development Corporation (ESDC), Latino Professionals for a Cause (LPC), Puerto Rican Arts Alliance (PRAA), and is a member of the Latino Advisory Council (LAC) for Catholic Charities.
Antonio is a Chicago native, married with 5 children; he joined Wintrust in July of 2010.
Fidel Marquez, Jr.Board Member
Senior Vice President, Legislative and External Affairs and Chief Governmental and Community Relations Officer
Prior to his current appointment, Marquez served as senior vice president for Customer Operations, responsible for all customer support functions, including Customer Care Center, Customer Field Operations, Revenue Management and Advanced Metering Infrastructure. Marquez previously served as vice president of External Affairs and Large Customer Solutions. Prior to that position, Marquez served as vice president of Transmission and Substation Operations.
Marquez also spent more than two years as senior vice president of Electric Transmission and Distribution for CPS Energy in San Antonio, Texas, overseeing the planning, design, construction and maintenance operation of the transmission and distribution systems. Prior to that role, he served as the director of Transmission Operations at ComEd for more than 17 years. He worked on the Unicom/PECO Merger Integration Team for Transmission Management and Transmission and Substation Processes.
Pepe VargasBoard Member
Founder & Executive Director, International Latino Cultural Center
Pepe Vargas grew up in a small town in Colombia. Under the direction of Mr. Vargas, the Chicago Latino Film Festival has evolved into the largest and best Latino film festival in the U.S. and is now Chicago’s biggest International Latino cultural event.