Actor & Playwright
Originally from Miami, FL, Krystal attended New World School of the Arts High School before moving to Chicago to study acting at The Theatre School at DePaul University. After almost 8 years, Krystal is happy to call Chicago home and has had the pleasure of working with many beloved theaters such as Victory Gardens Theater, Teatro Vista, The House, Steppenwolf 1700, and the Goodman Theatre. Krystal is proudly represented by Stewart Talent Chicago.
Krystal Ortiz is a multi-disciplinary artist based in Chicago, IL. While primarily working as an actor, she is also a singer, dancer, and playwright. Krystal was featured as one of the 2019 Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater and was recently nominated for a Non-Equity Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Performer in a Supporting Role.
Most recently, Krystal played in Verböten-- a world premiere punk rock musical produced by the House Theatre of Chicago. Krystal was next slated to be in Dhaba on Devon Avenue at Victory Gardens Theater-- which got cut short by the national outbreak of COVID-19.
NOW PLAYING & UP NEXT:
Krystal is developing a new musical, LOS FRIKIS, which tells the story of a wave of Cuban punk rockers in the 80s and 90s who injected themselves with HIV-positive blood in an attempt to live a higher quality of life in government-sanctioned hospitals. Krystal wrote the book, and the music was written in the 80s by EsKoria, a popular Cuban punk band from Santa Clara. A staged reading/live concert performance of LOS FRIKIS will play at The Den Theater, produced by Haven Theater, later in 2020. You can support this work and spread the word via her crowdfunding campaign.