Isabel Quintero

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Isabel Quintero
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Theater Reviews

​"Isabel riding on the edge of “I Love Lucy” behavior, but rises above sitcom fare with her expressive face and impeccable, even audacious, comic timing. She catches every moment of Sharon’s impulsive manner and then quixotic quickness." 

- Dominique Paul North, Urban Milwaukee

(The Roommate by Jen Silverman / Renaissance Theaterworks)


"As the lively Lilly, Isabel Quintero steals the show...

She’s a little heartbreaking, balancing a woman whose walls are self-focused but always with a degree of sympathy ..."


- Clint May, Chicago Theater Beat

(Living Large in a Mini Kind of Way by Diane Rodriguez / Teatro Luna)


"...Isabel Quintero, perfectly cast as Abuela Claudia,

the lovable neighborhood elder and surrogate grandmother...Her two big numbers, “Paciencia Y Fe” and “Hundreds of Stories” are both sung beautifully and with heartfelt sensitivity. Audiences will easily fall in love with this beautiful lady, whose heart is as big as her warm, cheerful smile."


- Colin Douglas, Chicago Theatre Review

(In The Heights by Lin Manuel Miranda / Porchlight Theatre) 


Isabel Quintero 

 is a radio, theater, television, and film

actress in Chicago. 


​Her "singing debut" was with a Colombian folk chorus when she was seven years old. She studied voice briefly in college, singing in jazz and acapella groups, and enjoyed many years as a liturgical vocalist in Chicago and Miami.


As an actor she has appeared on a number of Chicago stages (Goodman, Teatro Luna, Lifeline, Adventure Stage, Halcyon)

in musicals (In The Heights as Abuela Claudia)

television (The Chi, Chicago P.D.)

independent feature length and short films, (Holy Trinity,

L.A.I.D: Life as It's Dealt, A Handful of Dirt, Lunch in Lima,

Little Sparrow, Under the Skyway)  

and as a children's bilingual educator and entertainer

(Las Canciones de Cri-Cri, Gonza & Isa Cancion y Cuento with Chicago Park District's Music In The Parks series 2015). 


Fully bilingual, she had a busy career as a radio announcer

in her early 20s, working at both English and Spanish 

stations in Miami, Chicago and Champagne, Illinois.

Morning drive on Rock 107FM WPGU and

in Spanish, Morning drive on Romance 106.7FM.

Weekends on The Coast 97.3FM, in the production department for

AM 610 WIOD and as producer on WNUA 95.5FM.

She has been voicing commercials for radio, television and other media since she was 12 years old. 

She self-produced the album La Osa Menor in 2015 and wrote and performed La Osa Menor (a musical and storytelling journey) that premiered at Steppenwolf's Cabaret stage in May of 2019. 

Isabel is a member of AFTRA/SAG/AEA



Isabel Quintero, el Osito, un cariñoso apodo que le puso su padre, es actriz de teatro, televisión, radio y cine en Chicago. 


Su debut como "cantante" fue de pequeña, en un coro folclórico Colombiano. Estudió canto brevemente en la universidad, participando en varios grupos de jazz y acapella. Se dedicó muchos años a cantar como solista de música litúrgica en Chicago y Miami. Como actriz a trabajado en varios musicales exitosos y presentaciones educativas. 


Como tal palo tal astilla, tambien tuvo una extensa trayectoria como radio locutora, igual que su padre. Trabajó en inglés y español en emisoras de Miami, Chicago y Champagne, Illinois. 

Búscala en sus paginas Bodas Quintero-Cordova y Las Canciones de Cri-Cri 

 Watch Isabel as 'Victoria' in the short film Lunch In Lima by Gail Gilbert/Cerise Films