Teachers at the Old Town School

Laura Crotte


Born and raised in Mexico City, Laura started performing at a very young age inspired by a family of educators with a strong tradition of poetry reciting and the love of music and dance. She soon developed a passion for singing as she practiced guitar and learned very different styles of vocal interpretation as the popular Estudiantinas, Mexican Traditional, Latin-American protest songs, Sacred Coral Music, American Musical Theater repertoire, Zarzuela, Villancicos, and Christmas Carols. She was trained in Royal Academy of Dance-Classical Ballet techniques as well as Flamenco, Mexican Folkloric, and many dance styles. Her main interest though was to be trained as a theater actor so she studied at Instituto de Arte Escénico and then Dramatic Literature and Theatre at UNAM. She continued her education with Maestros Juan José Gurrola, Abraham Oceransky, Alicia Martínez, and Jean Marie Binoche (Commedia Dell´Arte Masks). She has performed since she was 12 and developed a career as theater actress in Mexico City, Xalapa-Veracruz, and for 16 years in Chicago. Here she has worked with Goodman Theatre, Teatrovista, Chicago Children`s, Aguijon, Chopin, Victory Gardens, Steppenwolf, Silk Road Rising, Chicago Dramatists, and 16th Street Theaters. She produces her own works from storytelling ancient myths to full scale plays and shows. Laura has toured with theater productions to Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Canada, and throughout Mexico. As a vocalist she has been featured at Old Town, UIC, UW, Hot House, House of Blues, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Steppenwolf, and many other venues collaborating with Sones de Mexico, Hoy Son, Orquesta La Tira, and bayanist virtuoso Stas Venglevski. She has been an educator since 1988 teaching dance, theatre, vocal skills, non-verbal communication, and early learning development. She is a visiting artist in schools, libraries, and community centers sharing her cultural presentations which always include dance, music, masks, and storytelling. For several years, Laura and her troupe have produced and performed the Old Town School “Day of the Dead” Field Trip show.

Started at the Old Town School in September of 2015

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