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 9 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.
Apart from acting, Krystal has written a full length original 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. The music in the play is written by EsKoria, a popular Cuban punk band from Santa Clara. A staged reading/live concert performance of LOS FRIKIS was scheduled to play at The Den Theater, produced by Haven Theater, in 2020, but it was cancelled due to COVID-19.
In 2018, Krystal traveled to Cuba and became friends with some of the last surviving frikis, and got to check out what the current punk scene in Cuba looks like. In November 2018, Krystal spoke on a panel at the MCA which was organized by QUEER, ILL, +OKAY, about the unique history of los frikis cubanos.