BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Laura T. Garza
Executive Artistic Director/Founder
Laura is the Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Teatro Audaz San Antonio as well as the Director of Theatre at BASIS San Antonio Shavano, and Instructor of Theatre at Northwest Vista College. Past positions include Executive and Artistic Director of Tripwire Theatre Company, and instructor of Theatre at San Antonio Coll...ege. Laura holds a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Directing from Texas State University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Theatre Arts from the University of Incarnate Word, and an Associate of Arts in Drama from San Antonio College. Laura has trained abroad with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Birthplace Trust in Stratford-upon Avon, and a week training at The Oregon Shakespeare Festival as part of a Directing Intensive. Laura is an Associate Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society as well as the San Antonio Theatre Coalition.
Laura has directed at Texas State University (Reasons to be pretty, Hurricane Season), Wimberley Players Theatre (Canterville Ghost), The Palace Theatre (Hurricane Season, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland), The Overtime Theatre (Portmanteaux), Churchill High School (Trojan Women), and The Kennedy Center Washington D.C. (MFA Playwright Festival, Asst. Director). Her most recent production with the San Antonio College Summer Repertory (Los Locos de Valencia) won three of the six Alamo Theatre Arts Council Globe awards it was nominated for, including Excellence in Direction of a Comedy. Laura enjoys performing on stage as much as she does directing. Some of her favorite roles include Carmen in Real Women Have Curves, and Grandma Kurnitz in Lost in Yonkers which earned ATAC Globe awards for Supporting Actress in a Comedy and Lead Actress in a Drama. Other honors include 2016 TSCAAL State Champion One Act Play Hoodie, 2010 Kennedy Center ACTF Merit Award for directing and design Reasons to be Pretty, 2011 KCACTF Directing award and National Finalist for directing scenes from Angels in America: Perestroika.
Artistic Director and Founder
Paula's roots are in Barcelona, Spain but calls San Antonio home. She serves as the Theatre Coordinator at San Antonio College where she has taught for the past 14 years! Her duties include teaching, advising, and directing productions. Paula and her students were the recipients of the ATAC Globe Award for best musical and direction of a musical for Godspell.
It is, however, as an Educator of Theatre where Paula's passion lies. Her students have carved excit...ing careers in professional theatre, educational theatre, the stand up comedy circuit, and in the television and film industry. As a director, Paula has directed over 100 shows. Paula holds a Masters in Fine Arts and is audaciously proud to be bilingual in Spanish and English. "Quien vive sin pensar, no puede decir que vive."- Calderon de la Barca.
Maximo Anguiano is an actor, athlete, creative, influencer, entrepreneur, public intellectual, personality, organizer, and politico out of San Antonio, Texas. He has emerged as one of the most talented and dynamic individuals of his generation. As a leading intellectual voice on the intersection of culture, sociopolitics, and education, Maximo is a... champion of the Latinx community and the ultimate cross-pollinator of innovation. He is the brainchild behind Independent Creative Services. As a Master’s of Science candidate at Grand Valley State University, Maximo studied at Macquarie University in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia where he completed an ethnographic case study on the colonialism of the Indigenous Australian population—the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. He was a member of the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Alexander Briseño Leadership Development Program Class of 2016 and former member of the Sigma Lambda Beta International Fraternity Incorporated’s Board of Directors; he's currently the Chair of Teatro Audaz San Antonio’s Board of Directors. Through various community, artistic, and educational works, Maximo's passion & charisma have electrified crowds; bringing a fresh, progressive and driven approach to changing the world. His recent film & theatre credits include, “La Llorona,” “Jotos del Barrio,” and “Trigger Warning.” He has also recently been featured with various organizations such as Voto Latino, Latino Justice PRLDEF, NPR Latino USA, Univision News, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Northern Illinois University, Theatre for Change, RAW:natural born artists, and many more. More information on Maximo can be found at www.maximoanguiano.com
AnaLisa Leos-Garcia is born and raised in San Antonio, where she has been involved in Theatre since early childhood and has developed a love for the arts in this process. AnaLisa has been establishing theatre programs to local elementary, middle, and high schools for the last 10 years. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from Texas A&M University-San Antonio with certification in Theatre Arts and Special Education. AnaLisa has performed in and directed various productions in San Antonio, Houston, Austin, San Jose, and Chicago. She has taught Theatre from the elementary level to high school and has directed numerous student productions including a TCSAAL State Winning play. AnaLisa is currently the Theatre Director at the Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design located in the historic Alameda Theatre in downtown San Antonio. Her directorial credits include Annie Jr., Lion King the Musical, Schoolhouse Rock Live Jr., Novio Boy, Empananda, Goodbye to the Clown, Crimes of the Heart, I Never Saw Another Butterfly, and She Kills Monsters. AnaLisa will be coordinating our Summer High School Theatre Camp as well as assisting with our Project Intersectionality Solo Show Festival in celebration of Coming Out Day. AnaLisa is excited to join the Teatro Audaz family and looks forward to a great season!
Miranda holds a Master’s Degree in Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre Arts from University of the Incarnate Word. Miranda Gonzaba Torres is currently the Assistant Director of Theatre at Earl Warren High School. Miranda’s directing credits include; Love, Loss and What I Wore, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Proof, 9-5 The Musical, Baby with the Bathwater, Steel Magnolias, and What I Did Last Summer. What I Did Last Summer was Warren’s most recent UIL OAP Play and the only time Warren has ever advanced to Regionals! Miranda believes that acting is an important outlet for adults and children alike to express themselves as individuals in a creative and safe environment. Miranda strives every day to create opportunities for all people to reach their full potential, no matter their age or experience. Miranda will be directing "EL" for Teatro Audaz in September, 2017 as part of our 2nd Annual "Nuestra Voces" staged readings in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month.
Mauro Garza Development Director
Mauro is a successful entrepreneur and experienced theatre actor, dancer, and artist. With credits in In The Heights, Mary Poppins and Into the Woods at The Woodlawn Theatre. Hairspray, BIG River, White Christmas, and Jekyll & Hyde at The Cameo Theatre. Comedy of Errors, Good Person of Setzuan, and All in The Timing at Palo Alto Coll...ege. Ebenazio at Jump-Start Performance Co., and Hello Dolly at The Playhouse. Mauro has been able to translate his talents to a variety of different industries and fields. As the CEO of MGEI, Mauro has transformed the Pegasus San Antonio Nightclub into one of the top destinations for night life in San Antonio. Mauro is also an avid runner; he recently completed his 33rd Marathon and credits his stamina & endurance to family and the will to succeed.
Shelley M. Buchaus
Executive Business Director