Chicago Latino Theater Alliance Staff

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Jorge Valdivia Executive Director

Jorge Valdivia has over twenty-five years of experience in arts and media management. His work is centered in diversity and equity through social practice, public engagement, and advocacy in the arts. He has won awards and been recognized for his strong contributions to both the Latino/a/e and LGBTQ communities. Most recently, Valdivia served as the Director of Performing Arts Director for the National Museum of Mexican Art where he led the Museum in presenting a year-round calendar of events focusing on performing arts, literature, and film. There he also curated the Sor Juana Arts Festival, a multidisciplinary arts festival that he successfully expanded into seven cities. more


Samanta Cubias Director of Development

Samanta Cubias is a graduate of the David Geffen School of Drama and Yale School of Management. Most recently, Samanta served as the Associate Director of Marketing & Communications at Yale Repertory Theatre and completed her fellowship at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in 2022. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked as the Audience Development Manager at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and was selected to be in the inaugural cohort of the League of Resident Theatres’ Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Mentorship Program. She holds a B.A. in Political Science and Theater and Performance Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. more


Christine A. Pérez Managing Director

Christine is a native of Woodstock, Illinois, aka Punxsutawney, PA, from Harold Ramis’ film Groundhog Day. Like a moth to a flame, she flocked to the big city lights to be closer to Chicago’s immense Arts and Culture offerings.

She’s passionate about traveling and exploring the cultural diversity of the Art, music and culinary scenes of neighborhoods in Chicago and around the world.

In her free time, Christine enjoys cycling around the city attending street festivals, concerts, films and thrift shopping. She’s a maker at heart and loves salvaging items to create accessories and home goods from vintage fabric, wood and metal. more


Mary Regalado Executive Assistant

Mary Regalado grew up in Los Angeles where she earned her BA in theatre at the University of Southern California, and she studied Shakespeare and classical theatre at the British American Drama Academy in London. She is an actor, singer, writer, and voice over artist. In addition to her artistic pursuits, Mary has honed her research skills over the years by creating a variety of engaging educational experiences, including a Shakespeare podcast and an original tour of the Art Institute of Chicago. In her free time, she enjoys baking, running by the lake, and exploring bookstores and museums. more

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Esteban Schemberg Production Manager

Esteban is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina, an avid soccer fan, food lover (from everywhere) and is striving to be a good cook. He loves the scenic arts in all their different ways and thinks that the possibilities on stage are endless. He is proud to be part of the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance. more