A residency with Laura may include a performance for the whole community, workshops for parents or caregivers, trainings or presentations for teachers, and of course interdisciplinary work with students. She will frequently include when possible elements from ancient civilizations, history, tradition, and multicultural references. Exploring within the borders between theater, dance, and music and understanding how those art forms can work together, her teaching will include corporal expression, vocalization towards singing, characterization, and storytelling. She is specialized in Mexican and Latin American culture, so her residencies will often expand knowledge in history, archeology, anthropology, geography, ethnicities, languages, traditions, myths and legends from these multicultural countries. Ms Crotte´s work in the schools will always try to bring the topic of diversity to the table for discussion, analysis, and deeper understanding of its importance for the vitality and health of our societies.
Laura Crotte, hailing from Mexico where she developed a career as a theater actress, stage director, and educator touring national and internationally with original work, puppets, and staged readings has been in Chicago since 1999 working as performer, vocalist, art-culture-education consultant and trainer, community organizer, and bi-national cultural exchange promoter. She has performed at and with Goodman Theater, Steppenwolf, Teatrovista, Chicago Children´s, 16th Street, Silk Road Rising, Chicago Dramatists, FWD, Chopin, Raven, Witt, Aguijón, Colectivo El Pozo theaters in Chicago, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Canada, and extensively in Mexico. As vocalist she has been featured at Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall, House of Blues, Hot House, Old Town School, UIC Latino Cultural Center with Sones de Mexico, Operamatic, her own ensembles, and virtuoso bayanist Stas Venglevski. She was produced by the Goodman, as adapter, theater director, and designer of a Mexican musical version of Blood Wedding. She has collaborated internationally with Cuba and Mexico in theater productions touring Mexico, Cuba, and Canada. Her work in films has been featured at the Chicago Latino Film Festival with Alquimia, Out of Love, and Maydays. Her solo or ensemble performances and storytelling tour schools, libraries, and community centers state wide. Laura is an Old Town School of Folk Music teacher providing musical training for the youngest ones (three-months to 5 years-old) providing bilingual music classes for kids and parents. She created a cultural exchange experience for Mc Arthur Foundation International Connections program planning and coordinating trips for scholars, advocates, organizers, and educators to 6 different states in Mexico.
Laura is currently a member of Actors Equity, an OTSFM faculty member, a solo performer and producer, and master trainer for Parent Mentor and Abriendo Puertas Parent Engagement programs.
- Preferred Age Level
Elementary; Middle/Junior High; Senior High
- Geographic Availability
- Time Availability
August-September; prefer short-term residency
Dance:ethnic/jazz/folk; Music: ethnic; Theatre: general