Born: September 2, 1945
Died: July 31, 2019
Alba Guerra was born in Argentina, but her artistic home for the last 40 years was in Chicago, especially at the at Aguijón Theater where she performed in productions of Salome, Blood Wedding, The House of Bernarda Alba, Eréndira, Perversions, Lust According to Ramiro, Even a Sparrow Leaves its Nest, Monday Falls on Leon Rodriguez, Antigone, Querido Voyeur, and Blowout, among others. Ms. Guerra was the oldest member of Aguijón Theater and had been with the company nearly from its beginning. She was also an outstanding singer of Latin American music and earned renown for her passionate Tango interpretations, performing in nightclubs and restaurants across the city. Ms. Guerra most recently appeared in Teatro Vista’s winter production of The Abuelas. Myrna Salazar, co-founder of the Chicago Latino Theater Alliance and Ms. Guerra’s agent for 27 years, told the Chicago Tribune, “She was an amazing performer. Very few people have the voice that she did, interpreting tango and ballads with the love and passion she had. Every time Alba would look at you, she had a very sweet demeanor in her eyes and her soul.”
She is survived by her sons, Gustavo and Gabriel; a sister, Diana Rodriguez; and six grandchildren.