Theater on the Lake

Theater on the Lake Artistic Curator

In 2012 Theater on the Lake celebrated its 60th anniversary.  To mark the occasion and in an effort to foster greater involvement with the local performing arts community, Theater on the Lake kicked off its new rotating, co-artistic curator initiative.  During Theater on the Lake’s pending renovation, the shortened festival will once again be traveling to various locations across the city. During this transitional period, the application process will be temporarily suspended and a single artistic curator will be chosen to craft the season. Theater on the Lake will resume its co-artistic curator model once the festival returns to its permanent home.  Candidate selection is representative of the city’s diverse theater artists, both in terms of discipline and artistic achievement.  Each year, the artistic curators will have an opportunity to present their favorite pieces to the Theater on the Lake audience and engage in an active discussion around their choices.


Isaac Gomez

Isaac Gomez is a writer and dramaturg currently working as the Director of New Play Development at Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago where he curates the Public Programs series, directs the new play development department, and heads the IGNITION Festival of New Plays.

As playwright: La Ruta (Goodman Theatre's Latina/o Theatre Celebration, Oregon Shakespeare Festival Latino Play Project; Austin Critics Table New Play Award 2013; Pivot Arts Incubator Series); The Displaced (Chicago Dramatists - Workshop, American Theater Company - CORE Workshop, ALTA Chicago - Workshop, Definition Theater Company - Workshop); The Way She Spoke (World premiere - Greenhouse Theater Center); PerKup Elkhorn (Chicago Dramatists – Workshop)

As dramaturg: Hand to God, The House that Will Not Stand, Cocked, The Who & The What, Samsara, Death and the Maiden, Rest (VGT, Chicago); My Mañana Comes, Between You, Me, and the Lampshade (Teatro Vista, Chicago);The Hairy Ape, good friday (Oracle Productions); Badfic Love (Strange Bedfellows, Chicago); Support Group for Men, florissant & canfielf (Goodman Theatre New Stages).

He is the Co-Creative Director at the Alliance of Latinx Theatre Artists in Chicago where he runs and is a participant of El Semillero: ALTA Chicago's Latino Playwrights Circle, a Resident Playwright at Chicago Dramatists, an Artistic Associate of Teatro Vista, a steering committee member of the Latina/o Theatre Commons (LTC) and an artistic community member at The Hypocrites in Chicago.