Christopher Rodriguez, Executive/Artistic DirectorChristopher 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.
Benjamin Grabill, Technical Director
Benjamin Grabill is an artist, musician, and designer. While a student of Architecture, he began building sets as a volunteer during the Woodlawn's 2012 production of The Rocky Horror Show. Shortly thereafter, he was invited to join the Woodlawn team full time. Benjamin served as the Woodlawn's House and Box Office Manager for several years, all the while, designing and building sets in the background. He is honored to serve as Technical Director, and grateful for every opportunity to manifest his passion for design, and love of the Arts, on the Woodlawn's historic stage. Benjamin has been the proud and humble recipient of the ATAC's Award of Excellence in Set Design for many productions on the Woodlawn Stage.
Kristen McKee, Development Director
After graduating from Baylor University, Kristen served as a Sales Manager and then Director of Sales for Highpointe Hotel Corporation before embarking on a 15 year career in education. After teaching, receiving a master’s degree, and serving in various coordinator capacities to include: curriculum, state testing, and grant/special projects, she was drawn to work in the arts. Being from New Orleans and having a father that owned a well-known music store in the city, Kristen’s love of live performing arts coupled with her understanding of the power the arts has to both merge and inspire communities drives her to find multiple means of support for the Woodlawn Theatre.
Krystal Newcomer, Comptroller
Krystal studied at St. Phillips College and San Antonio College. She has worked as a Data Entry Specialist, Box Office Manager, Special Events Manager, and Marketing Manager for the Alamo Drafthouse. She enjoys acting, singing, and dancing and is especially happy to join the Woodlawn Theatre Team.
Priscilla Correa, Marketing Director
Priscilla Correa is a graduate of Our Lady of the Lake University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication with a focus in Public Relations, and a minor in Drama. During her last semester at The Lake, Priscilla interned for the Woodlawn's marketing team, where she enjoyed participating at marketing events and producing promotional videos for The Addams Family and La Cage Aux Folles. In January of 2016 she was brought on to the team as the Marketing Director. Priscilla enjoys working alongside a team of creative individuals and loves to promote the wonderful programs and productions at the Woodlawn Theatre. She makes up for her desire to sing and dance on stage by dancing Bachata and Salsa on her spare time!
Breanna Castillo, Marketing Coordinator
Breanna Castillo is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations. After graduation she volunteered with the Woodlawn from time to time helping the marketing team. She was then brought on as the Marketing Coordinator at the Woodlawn Theatre in September of 2014.
Alejandro Pesina, Theatre Manager
Alejandro Pesina has been active around the San Antonio theatre community for eight years, performing, executing technical work, and teaching. Aside from working at the Woodlawn, he also serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors and works for Pippty Poppity Parties as "Aladdin". Mr. Pesina studied Fine Arts, Education, and Special Education at Northwest Vista College, received his theatre training in both Austin and New York, and is a certified Stage Manager. Before working at the Woodlawn Theatre, Mr. Pesina worked for Northside Independent School District and served as an Assistant Director for La Petite Academy. Mr. Pesina is excited to be moving forward in helping the Woodlawn and Academy grow and provide great quality Broadway productions to the community.
Charles Martinez, Theatre Assistant
Charles Martinez has formed part of the Woodlawn team since 2016. He graduated with honors and has an Associates Degree in IT Networking. Charles has worn many hats in the past and has worked for major companies such as Time Warner Cable, The Department of Defense, and PSR Security. Other jobs include Sheet Metal Worker, Assistant Warehouse Manager, Logistic Coordinator, Plasterer, and Electronics Repair.
Nico Redondo, Production Manager
Nico is honored for his fifth season with the Woodlawn Theatre. He first started as a stage hand for the Rocky Horror Show with Sharon Needles in 2012 and began stage managing shortly after for The Full Monty, In The Heights, Spamalot and many more. He joined the staff as Production Manager in July of 2013 and since then has been the resident Stage Manager, Prop Master, and Makeup Designer for the theatre. Nico's passion for makeup has been an integral part of such shows as The Addams Family, Shrek Jr., The Little Mermaid, Sweeney Todd, and most recently Pippin. He also teaches the annual Stage Makeup Workshops each summer for the Woodlawn Academy for the Performing Arts. He continues to looks forward to facilitating the growth of the Woodlawn Theatre and is excited for what this season has in store. "Places people places!"
Carla Sankey, Youth Program Director
Carla Sankey 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!
Alex Valverde, Youth Program Assistant
Alex began working with children straight out of high-school as a Care Specialist and quickly found it was something he had a passion for. He went on to become heavily involved at 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 honored and excited to provide quality theatre to a community hungry for the arts.