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ABOUT US

Hello, We Are All Star Theatre

All Star Theatre (All South Texas Artists Reunited) is a non-profit theatre company in the Upper- Rio Grande Valley. We seek to not only reflect the diverse culture of the Valley, but also provide a unique artistic experience for the audience. As the character transforms on stage before the audience member’s eyes, we hope the transformation extends to the individual, encouraging them to personally transform on any level. Our passion is not only to tell the stories we hold dear, but also to present the tremendous talent fostered within the Rio Grande Valley. 
 
Furthermore, All Star Theatre provides an outlet for artists who hold unique ideas hidden or repressed within. After all, these are the ideas that develop into amazing projects, and lead to future All Star artists.

All Star Theatre is committed to producing quality productions

by utilizing the distinct talent found within the Rio Grande Valley.

Our Mission

Our mission is to engage our audience to think and feel, and our artists to grow and share.

 

All Star Theatre is committed to producing quality productions by utilizing the distinct talent found within the Rio Grande Valley.

 

We extend theatrical education beyond the boundaries of a classroom by providing a professional theatre experience for everyone, regardless of circumstance.

 

Our Story

All Star Theatre began in the summer of 2012 with a dream to harvest and present the theatrical talent of our South Texas region. Joel A. Garza, founder of All Star Theatre, was getting his masters in Theatre in the University of Texas - Pan American, where he decided to write his thesis about the 2007 Tony Award winner for Best Musical

Spring Awakening. With the help of Carlos Perez, Marketing Director of All Star Theatre, both started working together to bring this musical to the audiences in the Rio Grande Valley, this will help Joel to get a better understanding of Spring Awakening, and study more the characters and the music from the show.  But it was since our production of Chicago, where All Star Theatre's audience grew up really fast, thanks to this famous musical that is really well known in our region. Since then we have produced eight shows with local talent, from little kids to actors to crew members and designers, we have helped our artists to grow and share, and have engaged our audience to think and feel.

The All Star Team

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JOEL A. GARZA

EXECUTIVE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Joel is the Founder and Executive Artistic Director for All Star Theatre and the All Star Kids Club while concurrently a lecturer in Communication Studies at The University of Texas- Rio Grande Valley. He holds a bachelors and masters degrees in communication studies and a masters degree in theatre. He currently serves as an adjudicator for UIL One Act Play across the state of Texas, and as adjudicator for The Palm Awards locally. Joel has spoken at numerous conferences regarding theatre and communication studies, and his thesis My Purple Summer: A Comparative Analysis of Wedekind’s and Sater’s SPRING AWAKENING is currently used as amusical theatre textbook in universities in America and in England. It has been his life-long goal to watch at least one production in each Broadway theater in operation- he has 10 left.

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CARLOS PEREZ

MARKETING DIRECTOR

Carlos is the Co-Founder and Graphic Designer of All Star Theatre. He is in charge of pictures, social media, and promotion for All Star Theatre productions since 2012. He is currently obtaining his Masters in Communication at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, and plans to graduate this Summer.

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SOPHIE ROMERO

VOCAL DIRECTOR

Sophie has been teaching elementary music for the past 13 years. Sophie earned a
Bachelor of Arts in Music with an emphasis on education from UTPA. She was the principal flute and piccolo player for 2 years. In the summer of 2019, Sophie spent a month in Oxford and Falmouth, England studying voice with the Cornish-American Song Institute. For the past 9 years, Sophie has been employed with McAllen ISD at Ben Milam Elementary. Sophie has served as Vocal Director for All Star Theatre for the past 7 years.

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ILLIANA CANTU

DANCE INSTRUCTOR

Illiana has her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. She teaches dance at Dancentre of Edinburg, where she has been a student for more than 15 years. Illiana is also a choreographer and Dance Instructor for Harlingen ISD. She has studied and participated in numerous prestigious dance organizations including, Ballet Austin and Hubbard Street Dance. This is her fifth year working with All Star Theatre as a choreographer. Illiana would like to thank her wonderful family and friends who are so supportive always.

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DANIELA RODRIGUEZ

ASSISTANT DIRECTOR

Daniela, also known as Dani, received her Bachelor’s in Fine Arts emphasizing in Performance and Production. Dani has been affiliated with All Star Theatre since 2012 in Spring Awakening. She was part of the first All Star Kids Club production of Annie in 2013 and is excited to be back instilling arts with All Star Kids. Outside of All Star, she works at STC Cooper Center Theatre as the Box Office Manager. Her craft revolves on and off-stage from acting, singing, and dancing, directing, painting, and designing scenery.

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PRISCILLA VALENCIA

VOCAL ASSISTANT

Priscilla is currently a senior at The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, who is working for a Bachelor of Arts in Music (Voice) with an emphasis on Education (K-12), and minor in theatre. Priscilla participated in her high school theatre program for 4 years and has been in choir for the past 10 years, being the first in her high school’s history to make the TMEA All-State Mixed Choir. She was part of UTRGV’s 2019 production of Carmen and is currently part of the UTRGV University Choir. Her expected graduation date is Fall ‘22.

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DANIEL GARZA

PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

Daniel is a graduate from UTRGV with a Bachelor of Fine Arts concentrated towards Theatre Performance. Daniel also works as a theater instructor for the B.L. Garza Theatre Department and has
previously worked with other theatre organizations in the RGV including Thirteen O’Clock Theatre and Pharr Community Theatre. This is the third season that Daniel is working with All Star Kids Club and would like to thank Joel and all other staff members for another amazing opportunity and for the continued hospitality they have shown him.

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ANDREA CANTU

DANCE ASSISTANT

At the age of 6, Andrea began to study dance at Dancentre of Edinburg under the direction of Yvonne Guajardo and Yvette Ianelli. She is a hardworking dance instructor proficient in instructional strategies and developmental exercises. She is familiar with ballet, tap, jazz, leaps and turns, flamenco, folklorico, and Irish dancing. Over 18 years of dance experience and 7 years of teaching. She is currently a senior at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley studying with a major in Dance Performance with a minor in Communication. She currently works as a choreographer for Allstar Theatre and Edinburg North High School’s Color guard. She would like to give a special thanks to her friends and family for always supporting along the way!

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CHRISTINA LUERA

COMPANY MANAGER

Christina is a Wife and a Mother of three amazing kids. She has been teaching Technology with McAllen ISD for the past 15years. In addition she is one of the McAllen High School Cheer coaches. She is thrilled to be working with such talented group of kids! Christina has been dancing and performing since she was six years old, and hopes the kids enjoy performing as much as she did when she was performing on stage. This is the second season that Christina has worked with The All Star Kids Club and has enjoyed every minute of it. She would like to thank Joel and the other Staff members for always being so amazing.