WOODLAWN THEATRE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
AND YOUTH PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Rodriguez has been with the organization for more than four years. He first started as the Youth Program Director but was moved into his new position at the beginning of 2016. At the Woodlawn, he has choreographed 9 to 5, The Producers, Spamalot, Peter Pan, and Addams Family(ATAC Globe winner for Excellence in Choreography). Director/Choreographer credits at the Woodlawn include When Pigs Fly (ATAC Globe winner for Excellence in Direction) Young Frankenstein, Carrie, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, West Side Story, Rock of Ages, and Evita. Other favorite shows include A Chorus Line (ATAC Globe winner for Excellence in Choreography), Beehive, Altar Boyz, Xanad, Oklahoma! (ATAC Globe winner for Excellence in Choreography), You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (ATAC Globe winner for Excellence in Choreography and Excellence in Supporting Actor in a Musical) and Southern Baptist Sissies.
YOUTH PROGRAM ASSISTANT
Alex began working with children straight out of highschool and quickly found it was something he had a passion for. He went on to become heavily involved in the Woodlawn Academy for the Performing Arts in numerous Summer camps and the Eva’s Heroes program. Alex has also stage managed and performed in many main stage productions at the theatre, including “Carrie the Musical,” “Mary Poppins,” “Memphis,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Evita.” He is the newest addition to the Woodlawn staff and is excited to provide quality theatre to a community hungry for the arts.
Josh Pepper is a burgeoning music director and performer in San Antonio. Born in Iowa City, IA, Mr. Pepper began taking piano lessons from his grandmother and continued to study both piano and clarinet throughout high school and college. He has degrees in piano performance from Tennessee Tech and Louisiana State University, with additional graduate studies in music education from UTSA. Mr. Pepper has had the privilege to work with opera companies in Des Moines, Pensacola, and Shreveport as rehearsal pianist, opera outreach music director, and chorus master. After several years working as a music director for French Woods Festival for the Performing Arts in Hancock, NY, he became heavily involved with the theater scene in San Antonio. This includes the Woodlawn Academy for the Performing Arts, the Woodlawn Theatre, The Classic, The Vex, and The Playhouse. Locally, he has music directed Guys and Dolls, Carrie the Musical, White Christmas, and The Addams Family. He is currently the director of music at Covenant Presbyterian Church and maintains a studio of spirited piano students.
Hector is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and composer. Over the past 5 years, Hector has served as Music Director for numerous productions at The Woodlawn Theatre, and has played Violin and Keyboard for many productions as well. Favorite shows as Music Director Include: Next to Normal, The Rocky Horror Show, Avenue Q, Miss Saigon, Jesus Christ Superstar, Annie, Rent, and many others.
Anna graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Music Performance in 2010. She returned to San Antonio and played the role of Penny Lou Pingleton in Hairspray at the Woodlawn Theater, and sang in the Rockville High Shows at Six Flags Fiesta Texas. In 2012 she became the Artist in Residence for the Amarillo Opera in which she had the tremendous honor of singing the National Anthem for former first lady Laura Bush at the “Power of the Purse” auction, benefiting the Laura Bush Institute for Women’s Health. She also had the privilege to sing for former President Bush at the Warrior 100K Bike Ride for the wounded veterans. Since moving back home in 2013 she continues to perform all over town. She played the role of Mary Poppins at the Cameo Theater, is a performer and singer at SeaWorld, and the female lead singer in a local band. This past January Anna received the opportunity to music direct at The Playhouse, including theConservatory Program, and The Vibes A Capella group. Most recently she was the Director of their “Wicked” Summer Camp program were she both directed and wrote the musical. Anna is very excited to join the Woodlawn family!
Katie Benson has been performing in and around town since she was a child. She is a graduate of the North East School of the Arts and Florida State University, where she majored in musical theatre and theatre respectively with high academic marks. In recent years, she has taken a more active role in production teams around town, including assistant directing several shows at the Woodlawn. These include Young Frankenstein, West Side Story, and Rock of Ages. Her favorite roles include Ado Annie in Oklahoma!, Coach Gardner in Carrie, and Mrs. Brill in Mary Poppins. In her life away from the theatre, she is a certified teacher with endorsements for special education, early childhood, and elementary education. In the past 8 years, she has taught every grade level except middle school, garnering awards for excellence in commitment and teaching. At present, she teaches a unit for children with autism at a local elementary school. She has been recognized by San Antonio’s Any Baby Can for her stellar work in teaching special populations. She relishes sharing her talents with all students at the Woodlawn, but particularly enjoys when her two worlds collide and she gets to introduce children with special needs to the theatre.
Brian has been acting for 12 years, beginning his freshman year at Medina Valley High School. Brian obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a Minor in Music from Texas Lutheran University in 2012. He has been an avid performer in the San Antonio community theatre scene ever since, playing numerous roles at The Woodlawn Theatre, the Playhouse, The Overtime Theatre, and The Sheldon Vexler Theatre. Favorites roles include Frank Abagnale Jr. in Catch Me If You Can, Action in West Side Story, Drew Boley in Rock of Ages, and Huey Calhoun in Memphis.