Aug. 1, 2021

Dorothy Menker Theater

Joan Curto has been called a “cabaret icon” by NBC News Chicago, and “an artist with clout” by the Huffington Post. She has appeared across the nation in concerts and clubs, often celebrating the music of the Great American Songbook. Chicago based, she is a familiar face to Chicago audiences, garnering a reputation for her thoughtful interpretations and powerful voice.

Most recently, Curto has produced and directed several highly acclaimed concerts in partnership with The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University celebrating the music of legends including Cole Porter 125 in 2016; Ella and Lena, The Ladies and Their Music in 2017; and Stephen Sondheim in 2018. She has performed in many other Chicago theaters and clubs, including The Harris Theater, The Empire Room, Victory Gardens, Davenports, The Drury Lane Theater, Park West, The Thorne Auditorium and the Claudia Cassidy Theater. She has been seen in numerous Chicago Humanities Festivals and the Mabel Mercer Foundation’s Cabaret Conventions.

Nationally, Curto has performed in some of the top cabaret clubs and concert series, including New York’s Jazz at Lincoln Center; The Metropolitan Room; The Sharon Lynne Wilson Center in Milwaukee and The Overture Center in Madison; and The Gardenia in Los Angeles and the Colony Hotel, Palm Beach.

In 2016 Curto was recognized and awarded with the Gold Coast Award by Chicago Cabaret Professionals for her contributions to the art of cabaret and awarded the Chicago After Dark Award for Outstanding Cabaret Artist. She continues to explore the songs of both the Classic and the New American Songbook and has developed and performed shows across the country featuring the music of Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Jerry Herman, and Stephen Sondheim. Howard Reich from The Chicago Tribune has praised Curto’s work describing her as “a seasoned interpreter who makes every note count”. You can find her music on, iTunes and Amazon, or through her website,

Moraine Valley Community College acknowledges support from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

Illinois Arts Council Agency