Our People Make us

Free Street Staff

Artistic Director

Coya Paz

Executive Director 

Karla Estela Rivera

Director of Education

Katrina Dion

Operations Manager

Donna Gary

Storyfront Community Liaison 

Elizabeth Nungaray



Additional Staff

Park Kids Teaching Artist
Isabella Coelho

Teaching Artists
Marilyn Carteno
Sebastian Arboleda
Ana Velazquez

Cultural Asset Mapping Project Coordinators
Cristal Alba
Donna Gary

Directing Fellow

Accounting Consultants
EAB Solutions

Artists in Residence

Quenna Barrett
Re-Writing the Declaration: A participatory experience that invites audiences to reimagine the Declaration of Independence.

Free Street Board

Caroline O’Boyle
The Trust for Public Land

Lillian Gorman
University of Arizona

Nicole Kelly
Keppler Speaking Agency

Emily Lonigro


Aaron Aptaker
Steppenwolf Theater


Our Funders

Free Theater isn’t free to make! We are grateful to be long-standing artists-in-residence for the Chicago Park District and for the support of the Arts Work Fund, the Crossroads Fund, The Chicago Community Trust, The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, The Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation, The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, The Field Foundation, Illinois Arts Council Agency, the Reva and David Logan Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, MAPFund, After School Matters, the Network for Ensemble Theaters, The Neighborhood Opportunity Fund, The League of Chicago Theatres, and United Way.