Carla Sankey, Youth Program Director | Dance Teacher ( Leg Up, Summer Camps)
Carla has been dancing since the age of eight. She trained in San Antonio, attended workshops and competitions across the state, and trained at The Edge Performing Arts Center. For 10 years, she worked as a performer, choreographer, and director for Six Flags and received national recognition for her work. She is a director of Insight Dance Ensemble, a competitive youth dance company. She has choreographed for many local theaters and received several ATAC Globe awards. She has staged theatrical productions and choreographed for concerts, musicals, and competitions for NEISD. She taught at the Joffrey Ballet Workshop alongside internationally acclaimed artists. Most importantly, she is the mother of a wonderful little girl!
Katie Benson, Acting Teacher (Summer Camp/Eva's Heroes)
Katie 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. 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.
Darren Dalton, Music Teacher (Leg Up and Summer Camps)
Darren Dalton first arrived in San Antonio in the summer of 2001 as the featured soloist in Hollywood Live on Ice at Sea World. The next summer he was cast in Rockin’ at Rockville High as Mr. Peabody and his Fiesta Texas adventure began. During his time at the park, Darren performed, directed, and vocal directed many productions. He performed at the Josephine Theater in Oh Say Can You Swing!, The Playhouse in Route 66, and at the Woodlawn Theater, Spamalot as Sir Robin, and Into the Woods as the Narrator. Pre-2001, Darren performed on several Cruise Ships, National Tours, in NYC, Switzerland, Tokyo and more.
Denise Ebarra, Production Design Teacher (Summer Camps)
Nora Martinez , Vocal Teacher (Summer Camps)
Nora graduated from Dallas Baptist University in Dallas, Texas with a degree in vocal performance. Nora has been in both musicals and operas. Although, musicals are her favorite to be a part of! Some credits include Les Miserables, Godspell, HMS pinafore, and many others!
Sanseria Murray, Acting Teacher (Leg Up and Summer Camps)
Sanseria studied theatre arts for several years in San Antonio and Austin before moving to Los Angeles in the year 2000. While in LA, she started a performing arts school which focused on providing quality arts education to underserved communities. She is an accomplished playwright, director, and teaching artist. Sanseria has over 15 years of teaching experience. She has taught at the elementary level as a Speech and Poetry Coordinator and at the high school level as a Theatre and Literacy Teaching Artist. Most recently, Sanseria spent the last two years as the Theatre Arts Facilitator at the Anne Frank Inspire Academy Middle School. Sanseria is thrilled to be joining the team at the Woodlawn Academy.
Morgan Clyde, Academy Teacher
Morgan is no stranger to the Woodlawn, having spent time both on the stage in "Rock of Ages", "Sweeney Todd", and "Shrek The Musical", and as fight master for shows such as "West Side Story", "Peter Pan", and "Pippin". She is not only an avid performer and fight choreographer; she is also a director, a designer, and a playwright. Notable performances include Justice in "Rock of Ages", Audrey II in "Little Shop of Horrors" (Vexler Theatre), her award-winning Kate in "Taming of the Shrew" (Classic Theatre), and most recently Fiona in "Shrek The Musical".
Kimberly Ingram, Dance Teacher
Kimberly is a native Texan, born in San Antonio. She has trained with Trilogy’s pre-professional dance company, Insight Dance Ensemble for five years and is now choreographing for them as well. Kimberly is on staff at Trilogy Dance Center. Kimberly continues to train in many disciplines of dance including ballet, jazz, modern/contemporary, tap, lyrical, and hip hop. Kimberly aspires to become a working dancer in the dance industry. She has had the opportunity to train with many incredible choreographers such as Lindsey Blaufarb, Kellie Hodges, Malaya, Matt Tayao, Adam Parson and Kari Herman. Kimberly is also a company member with San Antonio Jazz Ensemble. Outside of dance, Kimberly attends the University of Texas at San Antonio, pursuing a degree in communication. She also enjoys spending her time relaxing with her friends and family. This year she is excited to have the opportunity to share her passion for dance with the students of the Woodlawn Academy of the Performing Arts.
Jaime Ramirez, Academy Teacher
Jaime Ramirez is a San Antonio based composer/pianist/Music Director with a B.A. in Music from U.T.S.A whose work has largely been in musical theater, circus & performance art. He has directed many main-stage and camp shows at The Magik Theatre, Woodlawn Theatre & The Vexler Theatre and is excited to direct his very first camp show here at Woodlawn Theatre.
Jeannine Freeman, Academy Teacher
Jeannine has been dancing since the age of eight. She trained in San Antonio at the Turning Point Dance Center under the direction of Ronda Runnels. She began her teaching career at the age of 15 has had a passion for it ever since. After graduating high school she has continued to teach, choreograph and perform in all forms of dance. Outside of dance, Jeannine has taught first grade and is now the instructional technology specialist at Fort Sam Houston ISD.
Christopher Rodriguez, Executive/Artistic Director | Dance Teacher (Shrek Summer Camp)
Christopher Rodriguez has been an active member of the San Antonio theatre community for the last 19 years. He worked at the Playhouse as the Youth Program Director/Box Office Manager for nine years. Rodriguez has worked as a contract choreographer for local high school drama and choir programs for the past 13 years. In 2012, he was hired by the founders of the Woodlawn Theatre as the Youth Program Director and as the theatre’s Resident Choreographer. In 2015, Rodriguez was promoted to Artistic Director, and then again promoted in 2016 to his current position. Favorite direction and choreography credits include Altar Boyz, Beehive, A Chorus Line, Xanadu, Young Frankenstein, Smokey Joe's Café, West Side Story, and Evita.
*In the interest of maintaining the safety and security of our students, all of our faculty successfully completed and passed a background check.*