The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2016 by a group of cultural leaders: the International Latino Cultural Center, the National Museum of Mexican Art, the Puerto Rican Arts Alliance and Arts Executive Myrna Salazar.
Chicago is home to countless quality Latino theater groups. Yet, very few have a space they call home.
CLATA was created from a need to help emerging playwrights stage their work. We have to tell our stories – to have our voices heard.
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 give a platform to U.S. Latino playwrights, actors and directors based in Chicago, along with their international counterparts. CLATA strives to preserve cultural heritage, and serve as a conduit to promote and identify new and exciting works.
We have three main goals: the first, to produce the country’s leading International Latino theater festival with an emphasis on showcasing local Latino theater artists; second, is to provide technical and professional support for Chicago’s Latino theater groups, not only to be sustainable, but thrive as well; third, is to build a permanent home for Chicago’s Latino theater companies.