Remembering Myrna Salazar 1947-2022 – Chicago Reader

Next month, the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance will present the fifth Destinos Chicago International Theater Festival. But it will be bittersweet; the woman most responsible for making the festival a reality, CLATA co-founder and executive director Myrna Salazar, will not be there to see it.

Salazar died on Thursday, August 3, two weeks after celebrating his 75th birthday. And for the generations of artists she inspired, promoted, fueled and encouraged for decades, the loss is unfathomable.

“I met Myrna when she was very young and she was the kind of person that you had no idea that she would fight for you in the way that you needed to,” says Miranda González, artistic director of UrbanTheater Company, who notes that she first met Salazar . as a young actress when she was represented by Salazar’s firm, Salazar & Navas Talent Agency Inc. Salazar also represented actor Iván Vega, co-founder and CEO of UrbanTheater Company, and his wife, Melissa Gonzalez Vega, at the beginning of their races.

González ultimately decided to give up acting in front of the camera and pursue directing on stage, a decision that Salazar initially had trouble accepting. “I was upset because I started directing and stopped acting. She said, ‘I can’t believe you did that. It took her a little while, but once she understood that my passion was directing rather than acting commercially, she became, ‘So how are you going to be the best at it? How are you going to do this with the best? What do you need?’

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