Quenna Lené Barrett, Theater on the Lake Curator

About Quenna Lené Barrett

Quenna Lené Barrett, Associate Director of Education and Engagement at the Goodman Theatre, is a Chicago-based theater artist and practitioner who has founded two Theatre of the Oppressed programs to amplify teens’ voices and hold space to rehearse, tell, and change their own stories. Quenna received her BFA from NYU Tisch in Drama, her MA in Applied Theatre from the University of Southern California, and is currently pursuing a doctorate of education in Educational Theatre for Colleges and Communities at NYU Steinhardt. She's an actress, director, teaching artist, organizer with the Black Youth Project 100 and #LetUsBreathe Collective, and ICAH For Youth Inquiry performance company member, where she directs and performs participatory plays around sexual health education. Continuing to build the world she wants to see/live in, she is developing personal practices of poetic and participatory performance.




Tony Santiago, Theater on the Lake Artistic Curator

About Tony Santiago

Tony Santiago is a Chicago based artist who connects communities to the arts. Tony works as the Program Manager at Arts Alliance Illinois. He is also the director of the Lyric Opera's EMPOWER YOUTH and St James Cathedral’s Summer in the City. Tony founded CHICAGO ARTS ACCESS, a nonprofit that bridges arts organizations, art lovers and community with tickets to live performances across Chicago with the website freetix.org.


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.