May 22, 2020 //

Héctor Pascual Álvarez

Héctor Alvarez is an actor, director, and theater critic from Spain. He has worked as a teaching artist with Chicago Shakespeare Theater, Chicago Youth Shakespeare, Lookingglass Theatre Company, Victory Gardens, Congo Square Theater, the International Center of Theater of the Oppressed (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), and Actijoven (Madrid, Spain).  He has studied non-Western theater traditions in …

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September 24, 2018 //

Raivyn Jenkins

Raivyn Jenkins, a dancer, artist, social media specialist, and graduate of Illinois Media School, works as a dance teacher and choreographer for DancExcel Champion Center and as a teaching artist for Urban Gateways. Her artistry has taken her as far as New York City with Alvin Ailey’s Summer Intensive, performing in the Stellar Awards, and …

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July 27, 2018 //

Radio Free Honduras

Radio Free Honduras has a mission to help share the artistic spirit and creative talent of Honduran music legend Charlie Baran with the world. A founding member of the wildly popular Honduran group Banda Blanca, Charlie left Honduras to immigrate to America with his family, and has spent the last 20 years or so working …

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Joel Hall Dancers

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Joel Hall, the Joel Hall Dancers have carried their unique yet universally accessible voice to venues that span the world. In June of 2010, the Joel Hall Dancers presented “Here’s to Life” which included six premiere works in addition to the re-staging of multiple works, including the critically acclaimed …

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Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago

Korean Performing Arts Institute of Chicago is a 501(c)3, community-based cultural and educational organization. Primarily serving Chicago and the surrounding region, they are dedicated to developing and promoting traditional Korean cultural and performing arts. To meet its mission, the Korean Performing Arts Institute presents an array of programming, including classes for youth, workshops, educational presentations, …

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April 26, 2018 //

Erika Valenciana

Erika Valenciana, a filmmaker, printmaker, and teaching artist, received a Film and Video degree from Columbia College Chicago. She has worked as a teaching artist for various organizations in Chicago, including Urban Gateways, The Center for Community Arts Partnerships, Street Level, Changing Worlds, and Marwen. Erika’s films have been screened at various film festivals nationally …

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Grace Needlman

Grace Needlman is an artist, educator, and museum worker. Grace is the Manager of Family and Youth Programs at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and has worked as a teaching artist at Urban Gateways, Chicago Children’s Theatre, After School Matters, the Smart Museum, Arts + Public Life, and Redmoon. As a puppet maker, Grace …

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March 19, 2018 //

Mykele Deville-Callicutt

Mykele Callicutt is a rapper, poet, curator, and actor from the west side of Chicago. His solo hip-hop and poetic recordings include Peace, Fam (2017), Each One Teach One (2016), and Super Predator (2016). He has performed on stages across Chicago and led workshops on hip-hop and identity in the midwest and Portland. His work …

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March 15, 2018 //

Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez

Gonzalo Reyes Rodriguez lives and works in Chicago. He works with photography, video, and multi screen installation to examine the slippage between time and the act of image creation. His projects examine the ambiguities of language and of what is gained or lost in the translation from image to text. His most recent work has …

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Runako Jahi

Runako Jahi, an actor/playwright/director/graphic artist/poet and acting coach, attended Columbia College and the American Academy of Art. He works as a teaching artist for Urban Gateways, and is former artistic director of ETA Creative Arts Foundation. His current work includes a one-man show at the Greenhouse Theater, “Words & Passion…An Evening With Runako Jahi” produced …

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