Getting to Know: Nicolas Gamboa
1 - What are your basic stats? Name: Nicolas Gamboa, Age: 30, Weight: 160lbs,Height: 5’11”, Ethnicity: Latino from Bogota Colombia.
2 - Have you always wanted to be an actor or work in the Performing Arts? For as long as I can remember.
3 - Right now Chicago is considered, “the theatre capitol of America”. What are your thoughts about this? I believe it to be true. Not only that, but every time, more and more the community is opening to diversion and directors are taking chances and utilizing new creative routes by spicing their plays with ethnic actors.
4 - Who are 3-5 of your favorite playwrights/why? José Rivera - I have always seen him as the Gabriel García Márquez of theater. I guess that could also be because he worked and was mentored by him. Nilo Cruz- I believe he offers the actor the capability to fly trough language and action. Martin Mcdonah- I am enchanted with how subtle his comedy is….you can be in the most of dramatic moments and somehow he finds a way to make you laugh laudly without taking you away from the emotional tension of the situation, and the always great Bill Shakes. (Do I really have to elaborate?)
5 - What’s your favorite play/why? My favorite plays are Macbeth and Salome. I like tragedies that are triggered by human ambition that truly reveal till what point is the human willing to go to acquire it.
6 - Favorite Chicago Director? Theatre Company? I don’t have a favorite yet, but Cecilie is right up there! I don’t have a favorite company, I am in search for projects that attract me at the moment and I am too new to the city to really be able to venture that statement.
Beauty of the Father by Nilo Cruz, directed by Cecilie Keenan closes November 19th! Only THREE show left. Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8pm. For tickets go to: www.UrbanTheaterChicago.org or call 312-239-8783.
Getting to Know: Cecilie D. Keenan
Cecilie D. Keenan (Director) is a freelance director and producer who has been active in the Chicago Theater Community for over 20 years. She has been a director with Teatro Vista for 12 years credits include; The Messenger (an adaptation of the novel for the first Latino Fest at the Goodman), El Nogalar (at Millennium Park/Latino Festival and as part of Teatro Vista’s Residency at the Goodman Theatre), Dreamlandia, Another Part of the House and Living Out. Recently, Cecilie directed the Jeff Awarded Tobacco Road for American Blues Theater and Joel Drake Johnson’s End of the Tour for 16th Street Theater in Berwyn. Cecilie is the Producing Director at Teatro Vista. As an artist, she has been a frequent director and sometimes artistic and/or managing director at many Chicago Theaters, including ABT, Apple Tree, ATC, Bailiwick, Northlight and Collaboraction where she directed the hightly touted The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow .
Beauty of the Father Rehearsal - Photo by Anthony Aicardi