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.
ALEJANDRO LUIS GUERRA
Alejandro comes to us with a wealth of knowledge in Ballet Folklórico, Conjunto music specifically in the accordion, and visual arts. Alejandro came to Teatro as a young boy and was a member of the Ballet Folklórico De La Rosa (2000-2012), Conjunto Juan Seguin (2006-2012) and a founding member of Teatro's Professional Folklórico Group (2012-2013) that peformed at numerous events. He was also Teatro's very first Conjunto Juan Seguin intern where he worked alongside Mike Carrillo and Rodolfo Lopez. He studied Folklórico under the direction of Profesor Benjamin Cruz Ascencio, Veronica Ramirez, Maria Guadalupe Betancourt, and Noel De La Cruz. He studied accordion under Mike Carrillo and Rodolfo Lopez. Alejandro is a graduate from The University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor of Science in architecture and is part of the group that met with Molina Architects Firm to get a schematic design of a new state-of-the-art building for Teatro. He not only comes to us with knowledge in architecture and the performing arts, he is also a visual artist himself. His focus is digital and analog photo collages and ink drawing. Fun Fact: Alejandro drew the Conjunto Juan Seguin portion of the mural that will live forever on the wall in Teatro's Cultural Arts Center.
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 - 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.
Mariachi Juan Seguin Co-Director
RAFAEL ALARCON JR.
Rafael Alarcon Jr. is a professional mariachi musician with 24 years of performing experience throughout the state of Texas serving as Seguin Independents School Districts’ first district wide mariachi director. Alarcon holds his bachelor’s degree in Music Education and trumpet studies from Texas A & M University Kingsville and is currently pursuing a Masters in Music Education with emphasis in Latin Music Studies at Texas State University Previous experience includes student director of Mariachi Javelina at TAMUK, T.A. of Mariachi Nueva Generacion at Texas State University, Associate Band Director and Mariachi Director at Laredo Martin High School, and clinician to various mariachi programs throughout Texas. Areas of expertise includes Trumpet pedagogy, violin and orchestra studies at Texas State University, and Vocal studies in Mariachi Voice at Texas State University. Rafael has been a part of the Teatro Family since 2015 when we was the director and now co-director of the Mariachi Juan Seguin.
Mariachi Juan Seguin Co-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 Instructor
Julián has been teaching and performing Mariachi music in Texas for more than twenty years. He began teaching Armonía lessons in Austin ISD before moving to Round Rock ISD where he taught middle and high school Mariachi. Julian has given Armonia workshops and masterclasses at various conferences and schools across the State of Texas. His expertise has allowed to present in many cities including Austin, Houston, Arlington, and Edinburg. Many of his students have competed at the regional and statewide level and have received the highest of accolades. Some students perform to this day in local and even nationwide mariachi ensembles. Julián’s love for mariachi music and stage has allowed him to travel all across the United States. In 2004, he won an audition to perform in a Las Vegas show, “M” Passion and Tradition. Their hard work and spectacular show granted them the opportunity to perform at the Hollywood Bowl, for the Mariachi Festival “Mariachi USA.” Since returning to Texas, Julián received his Bachelor of Arts in Mexican American Studies from University of Texas-Rio Grande Valley and performed with Mariachi Juvenil Aztlan. He was the Armonía clinician at various schools across the RGV, Edinburg CISD, Sharyland ISD, and Los Fresnos ISD. While working for Edinburg North HS, Mariachi Oro, the group received dozens of accolades. Most Notably was their performance at the Albuquerque Mariachi Spectacular 2016 where they won First Place in the High School Category and won the “Plata Award", Grand Champion. While in Austin he has performed with Mariachi Relámpago and Mariachi Tamazula where he recorded Guitar and Vihuela, respectively, for both of the mariachis first CD’s. Julian currently performs with Mariachi Clasico of Austin, TX. Julián has also had the opportunity to record Armonía for singer songwriter Vanessa del Fierro on her debut CD, as well as her other various recording projects throughout the years. His first movie credit comes from recording Armonia for the movie, “Once Upon a Time in Old Mexico”, starring Robert Duval. Julián’s love for music and performing has given him the chance to explore all aspects of the stage. A truly diverse musician, Julián has performed in various theater projects throughout the state of Texas. His most notable was his workshopping of “Mariachi Girl” by Roxanne Schroeder-Arce for the company, Teatro Vivo of Austin, Texas which was later produced by The Dallas Children’s Theater under the direction of famed stage director Robyn Flatt. Julian served as Musical Director for “Mariachi Girl” in Dallas in 2014 which was critiqued by the Dallas Morning News as “Must see Plays.” Following his triumphant run with “Mariachi Girl”, Julián then performed in “Esperanza Rising” written by Pam Muñoz-Ryan, produced by The Department of Theater and Dance at the University of Texas at Austin. This performance, by the Mariachi Ensemble, was nominated for a B. Ida Payne Award for "Outstanding Featured Music Performance.” In 2016, Julián was commissioned by the Zach Scott Theater of Austin, Texas to compose and record music for Jose Cruz Gonzalez stage adaptation of “Tomas and Library Lady.” Most recently, in 2019, Julián served as musical director for Teatro Vivo’s ground breaking production of Yana Wana’s “Legend of the Bluebonnet” written by Maria Rocha and Roxanne Schroeder-Arce.