Gustavo Mellado (1952 - 2021)
Born in Monclova, Mexico in 1952, Gustavo Mellado graduated from high school in Hammond, Indiana, and studied theater at Calumet College of East Chicago. But his work with Teatro Vista is where he really found his artistic home—and helped build one for the next generation of artists. He had a love for theater from an early age. He was an actor and singer, and was well known for his wonderful tenor voice
Mellado appeared in many shows with Teatro Vista since its founding in 1991, as well as with a wide array of Chicago companies, including the now-defunct Next and Latino Chicago theater companies; in a 2003 Victory Gardens production of Nilo Cruz’s Anna in the Tropics. He had roles in several independent films, and the TV series Prison Break. He not only worked in Chicago but was also in productions at Teatro Campesion (San Juan Batista, CA), San Jose Stage Company (San Jose, CA), and Western Stage (Salinas, CA).
To friends, he was known for his ability to enjoy people, have fun and had an energy that was infectious. He was devoted to his family and friends and will be remembered for his laughter and love of life.