native from Mexico City where she was trained in dance, music and drama, started
a career performing in formal, experimental and anthropology of theatre
productions. She spent a creative decade in Veracruz as arts educator in dance,
drama and non-verbal communication, producing and touring throughout México
and Cuba own devised theatre pieces, puppets, and newly translated contemporary
world dramaturgy. For more than two decades in Chicago, she´s been a union
theatre actress, solo performer, stage director, multidisciplinary deviser,
international cultural exchange consultant, trainer and teaching artist.
She has directed at Goodman Theatre and performed numerous times there and at Steppenwolf, 16th Street, Victory Gardens, Teatrovista, Chicago Children´s, Chicago Dramatists, Silk Road Rising, Denver Center for the Performing Arts, First Stage Milwaukee, Chautauqua New York, Aguijón, El Pozo, and FWD Theatres in full productions, stage readings, and new play development workshops. She has toured performing in theatre productions to Canada, Cuba, Argentina, Peru and Mexico.
Her film credits include Startled Faction, Maydays, Out of Love, Alquimia and La cita de Bardini. As vocalist, she has been featured at House of Blues, Hot House, Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago Symphony Orchestra Hall, UIC-Latino Cultural Center, and University of Wisconsin collaborating with different ensembles.
Ms. Crotte has toured schools, libraries, parks, and community centers with residencies, workshops, trainings, lectures or performances in Chicagoland, South Illinois, Northwest Arkansas and abroad. Her work in art, culture and education with early childhood, parent engagement and youngsters has reached numerous communities statewide and beyond.
Laura has created and executed several bi-national cultural exchange experiences between Chicago and seven states in Mexico including musical composers, musical/dance performers and teaching artists, intercultural scholars, indigenous community organizers, women´s rights defenders, and bilingual professors.
She has been for many years an Illinois Arts Council, Arkansas Arts Council, and Chicago Public Schools artist and consultant, an Actors´ Equity member, and a 3Arts, DCASE, IAC, Instituto Veracruzano de Cultura, Fondo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes, NAALAC, and Mc Arthur Foundation awardee.