MEET THE STAFF
Yvonne M. De La Rosa, Ph.D.
Yvonne is a Seguin native and the Executive Director of Teatro. She holds a Bachelors of Exercise Sports Science from Southwest Texas State University and holds a Masters of Education with an emphasis in sports and leisure management from Texas State University. She is a graduate of Texas State University where she earned her Doctorate of Philosophy with a major in Adult, Professional, and Community Education. Her research study explored the struggle and resiliency of a Mexican American community in Seguin as they attempted to maintain, teach, and celebrate their Mexican American roots, customs, knowledge, and celebrations through community education. She aimed to provide insight into public pedagogy as it relates to teaching, learning, and leading as a means to record the growth and change within the community. She studied how Teatro was a vehicle for cultural sustainability and helps youth and families engage in a process of identity formation through public pedagogy, as well as community building and development. Though cultural remembrance and sustainability are necessary for future generations to remember and celebrate their ancestors, they are not sufficient when looking at the formations and sustainability of communities that have been historically, culturally, and spiritually colonized. Yvonne is a founding member of the Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa and Mariachi Juvenil. She also served as the artistic director for the Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa and Artist in Education in numerous school districts. Yvonne is a 22 year seasoned educator in secondary and higher education. She has dedicated more than half her life to the mission and goals of Teatro. Yvonne served as Teatro's Program Coordinator for 20 years until she was elevated to the Executive Director position for the organization. Dr. De La Rosa invites you to read her dissertation, Ahora Puedo Respirar (Now I Can Breathe) and invites the reader to breathe together.
Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa - Co-Artistic Director
Tiffany, also a Seguin native, became a member of Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa at the age of 4, where she fell in love with the art of folklórico. As a high school student, she proudly served as an Intern with Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa. During that time, Tiffany also trained and performed with Mexico Espana Dance Company in San Antonio. Tiffany earned her bachelor’s degree in business management with a minor in women's studies from St. Edward’s University, where she was able to continue performing with the SEU Ballet Folklorico. She also earned a master of education degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. After a childhood full of dance and traveling the world, Tiffany now serves as a Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa Instructor in the very same studio that planted the seed of love for this beautiful art.
Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa - Co-Artistic Director
Alberto "Beto" Rincón
Beto, a Seguin native, first started with Teatro as a student at the age of 4 years old. Since then, Beto has served as a member of some of the award winning groups produced by Teatro, a Ballet intern, Ballet Instructor and currently serves as the Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa Artistic Director. In addition, Beto has also participated in several other Teatro programs such as the Summer Agroecology and Art Camp as a camp director, Artist in Education where he has gone into local school district classrooms to teach the Mexican-American culture through the performing art ie Ballet Folklórico and via lectures. Beto also shares his culinary and food passion with youth and adults through his cooking demonstrations. In 2012 Beto graduated from Texas Lutheran University with a Bachelors in Psychology. He has hopes of obtaining a Master Degree in Social Work in the near future.
Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa - Teacher Assistants
Abraham J. Silva
Elizabeth, is alumnus of the Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa where she studied under the artistic direction of Noel De La Cruz and Beto Rincón and served as an intern for the BFDLR. Abraham, is alumnus of the Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa where she studied under the artistic direction of Maria G. Betancourt, Noel De La Cruz, and Beto Rincón. He also studied under Olivia Chacón of Flamencura and Gabriel Torres of Roy Lozano Ballet Folklórico de Texas. He also served as an intern with the BFDLR and was a member of the Conjunto Juan Seguin.
Mariachi Juan Seguin Director
Carla is a professional mariachi musician with 19 years of experience. A native of Seguin, she got her start in learning about mariachi through Teatro de Artes’ programs at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and Seguin High School, as well as, Noche De Gala. After graduation, she immersed herself into the music school and mariachi program at the University of Texas-Pan American. She moved back to San Antonio to join the all-female Mariachi Las Alteñas, where she has been a member going on 13 years. Through this group, she has had the privilege of performing onstage in 15 states and prestigious venues. Carla’s start as a mariachi educator came in 2010 when she was tapped to become the associate director at Irving Academy Middle school in SAISD. Through this position she was able to work with the high school students as well, through clinics and summer music camps. As a mother of two, she left this position to stay at home with her youngest for a year. She now works in the field of real estate and is truly happy to have the opportunity to teach mariachi again on a regular basis, as well as enroll her son at Teatro and keep the tradition going!
Mariachi Juan Seguin Teacher Assistant
Sophia E. Sauceda
Sophia is an alumnus of the Mariachi Juan Seguin where she studied under the musical direction of Rafael Alarcon, Jr. and Carla Medina. She served as a mariachi intern and has been a member of the program for 8 years.