Miguel Nunez talks about his journey from community theatre to Chicago’s Theatre Scene
The Geeks got to know Miguel as Michael Natoli a decade ago when he arrived at our home theatre (Elkhart Civic Theatre) with a thick Venezuelan accent but loads of enthusiasm. It turned out community theatre was just one step along the way to a professional acting career. Today, Miguel is a working actor in Chicago, performing in both traditional and Latino theatre productions around the Windy City. In this conversation, Miguel tells us about his progression from our beloved Bristol Opera House to the Chicago stage and independent films. We also discuss the impact Latino theatre with regard to social issues, diversity, audience acceptance and growth.
Show links related to Latino theatre and Miguel Nunez:
- 16th Street Theater, Berwyn, Illinois (where Miguel will be appearing in 2014)
- Teatro Vista (premiere Latino Theatre in Chicago)
- Lifeline Theatre, Chicago
- Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago
- Porkin’ Across America Episode 3 featuring Miguel (web series from The Onion)
- Critic Chris Jones on Latino Theatre in Chicago
- Another interview with Miguel
- Crosby’s Kitchen (Miguel’s day job — stop in and say hi sometime!)
- Interesting blog post about Latino theatre in Culturebodega
- Theater Loop — the Chicago Tribune’s Theatre Blog
- Stage — Chicago Sun-Times’ Theatre Page
More about Miguel
Miguel Nunez majored in acting at the National Theater University (IUDET) in Caracas, and his work in Venezuela includes The Bourgeois Gentleman, Bufonerias (Teatro Septimo Piso), and Apocalipse 1,11 with Brazilian company Teatro da Vertigem (2001 Caracas International Theater Festival). In Chicago he has performed in The Three Musketeers, The Blue Shadow (Lifeline Theatre), Augusta and Noble (Adventure Stage Chicago); I Put the Fear of Mexico In ’em (Teatro Vista); Oedipus El Rey (u/s Victory Gardens); After (u/s Profiles Theatre); The Jammer (Pine Box Theatre);The Ghost is Here (Vitalist Theatre); Seven Snakes (The Mammals); Lorca In a Green Dress, Heads (Halcyon Theatre); and has work as an actor with The Gift Theatre, Redmoon, Teatro Luna, Salsation!, Wildclaw Theatre, Chicago Fusion Theatre, and Bailiwick Chicago.
He can also be seen in the web-series Porkin’ Across America by The Onion, and several regional and national commercials, and different independent films. He started his theatrical experience in English with the Elkhart Civic Theater, where he performed in Chicago, State Fair, Black Coffee, Little Shop of Horrors, Pippin, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and more. While in Indiana he was a company member with New World Players where he acted and directed several plays.
Music provided by Music Alley.