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Esperanza Rising; Photo: Daniel Cavazos (2014)

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Michael Avila

Michael Avila

Michael Avila was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He received his Master of Arts in Theatre at the University of Houston and graduated with honors (cum laude) from Our Lady of the Lake University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts and Drama. Avila also received additionaling training from the Lincoln Center Theatre (New York City), the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in (London) and Steppenwolf Theatre Company (Chicago). 

As an actor and director he has worked in various artistic and administrative capacities at organizations throughout the San Antonio area, including Jump-Start Performance Co., the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, San Pedro Playhouse and Texas A&M University-San Antonio. From 2003 to 2012, Avila served as the stage manager, technical director and director of the regional holiday classic Las Nuevas Tamaleras. He began his career in educational theatre in 2002 at Southside High School. From 2008 to 2012, Avila served as the Fine Arts Department chair and director of Theatre Arts at Karen Wagner High School in the Judson Independent School District. In 2011 he was selected by the Texas Education Agency as a member of the Fine Arts Review Committee for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). In 2012, Avila became the head theatre director at Thomas Jefferson High School in San Antonio ISD where he advanced several shows to the Area and Regional UIL One-Act Play Contest, including The Balkan Women, The Sins of Sor Juana and Our Leading Lady. In addition to teaching, he held the position of fine arts coordinator for Theatre and Visual Arts with San Antonio ISD. He is a member of the training cadre for the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts and regularly presents theatre workshops to both students and teachers. Avila also serves on the Standars and Practices Committee for the Texas Theatre Adjudicators and Officials organization and is a certified UIL One-Act Play Contest Manager and Adjudicator. He is currently a lecturer in K-12 theatre education, the UTeach Theatre program, in the Department of Theatre and Dance at The University of Texas at Austin. 

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