*Laura Crotte, hailing from Mexico where she developed a career as a theatre artist and educator touring national and internationally with puppets, dramatized readings, and her own productions, has worked in Chicago since 1999 as a union actor, teaching artist, and Art-Culture-Education promoter.
*In Chicago and the State of Illinois, she has served more than 60 schools teaching In-school Arts Integration units, After-school Art and Cultural Education classes, Parent Engagement workshops and trainings, as well as performing her own productions for students, parents, and school communities.
*As an actress Laura has performed in Chicago with the Goodman, Chicago Children’s, 16th Street, Teatrovista, Raven, Chopin, Aguijon, Chicago Dramatists, Silk Road Rising, and Steppenwolf Theatres in whole productions and staged readings. She performed many years in Mexico City and Xalapa, Veracruz, touring to numerous Mexican cities and La Havana, Cuba; with Chicago productions she has toured to Peru, Argentina, Cuba, and Canada
*Ms Crotte has been a lecturer, workshop provider, trainer, coach, and storyteller with Illinois Humanities Council, Chicago Public Libraries, CPS Office of Language and Cultural Education and Academic Enhancement, Latino Policy Forum, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, The Resurrection Project, Southwest Organizing Project, Southwest Suburban Immigrant Project, HACES, Enlace, Niles Township Schools, De Paul University, Northeastern Illinois University, University of Illinois in Chicago, Logan Square Neighborhood Association, Illinois Migrant Council, Heartland Alliance, University of Arkansas, and El Valor.
*Collaborations as vocalist with several musical ensembles have featured her at House of Blues, Hot House, Old Town School of Folk Music, University of Wisconsin, Benito Juarez High School, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall with The Civic Orchestra, Sones de Mexico, Hoy Son Cuartet, Latin-jazz Orquesta La Tira, and bayanist virtuoso Stas Venglevski. She recorded the corrido Zapata with Grammy nominated group Sones de Mexico.
*Mc Arthur Foundation International Connections allowed her to plan, organize, and lead a rich cultural exchange experience between education organizers in Chicago and Universities, NGO´s, Indigenous community organizers, Artists, and Families from 6 different states in Mexico to help understand and better serve the migrant communities from both sides of the border.